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    Button Puncher WIP

    I kinda like the direction this one is taking so far but I'm wondering if the rim is too dark.

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    I forgot to post Cover A:

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    I'm impressed, everybody. Fight hard!

    Razorleaf: I don't think anything is ever too dark, but I'm kind of a goth. What I would suggest is to make a gray scale version and see if the values, the shapes, the positive/negative space are doing anything for you. I think you'll see you need to punch their faces a bit (artistically speaking). Nice bricks. I know it's not easy.

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    Thanks arttorney .... gray-scaling didn't do as much as I had hoped but I'm thinking I will go with the less darker edging for the lens/scope.

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    What type of book covers are these? Are they all for comics? There's a big difference between magazine, comic and paperback - each having their own market and subsequent style. I'm asking so that if I change-up my styles for the five different themes I will get them right. Thanks.

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    I've been operating with the assumption that they are comic/graphic novel covers, although Ilaekae is the boss. I expect he will check in some time today and say something. I am going to have variation for sure. My Five Stars will probably look more like a video/DVD cover for a jiang hu movie, with lots of portrait and figure work. My Fractured will have an alien and some creature/industrial design elements. I haven't decided what to do about the other one yet.

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    aahh very in-ter-res-ting...i shall definitely have a go at this...on the next day...today i havent slept yet so nyah

    for once i think i am going to follow the rules


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    Button Puncher WIP

    This time I kinda like the painted version .... still the B&W has potential

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    I'm working with the specs given but each time I upload a new WIP it seems blurry. I do the original in Painter but I adjust the sizes in Photoshop. Any ideas why this is happening? Thanks!

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    That's probably an artifact of going down to 96 dpi. The spiderwebs in the letters of my
    Shadow one look great at 300 dpi but they look like crap at 96. I'm not good enough to tell you what you can do about it. Sorry. Maybe somebody else can. (Updated above.)

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    I've been running out of creative steam and this challenge will definitely help in gettin' me back into the art! Yay!

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    Fractured WIP

    I thought I'd go with something a bit retro for the composition ....

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    I always love your work Patricia. Glad to see you're aboard.

    Razorleaf is determined not to fall behind. Good show! Trying to crank out five of these babies in the last week is not likely to lead to any good results. I'm trying to pull ahead on time myself because I expect all the figures in my Five Stars one to take forever and my Fractured was going to need a figure, a creature, and an environment.

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    this is gonna be a challenge for me to color it in hahaaa x]

    here is what i have so far for A...i hope i got the sized right @_@

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    To verify--all covers are meant for comics or graphic novels (or Mangas or Manhuas if you swing that way)...

    Nice efforts, everybody. I'm impressed...

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    Damn, Oni, I do love your pencils.

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    hey guys, I know you are kind of a tight knit crew, and although I haven't posted here since a few days, I still am going to enter. On the 5 or so I am going to post real updates, until then, what do you think about my different cover ideas?

    Oni Rem I love the pencils. The only thing is I think the Papyrus font cheapens it. Search for something interesting and modern in teh web. There are many good, free fonts out there.

    Razorleaf Hi, I like it. The composition is a abit weird, especially the alien looking up. He should kinda be in teh middle for such an old school cover. BUt I like the old schoolishness of it. Space is too turquoise for me, but might be my taste.

    I am gonna post thoughts on you other guys later on. And believe me Ilaekae, when I start something I finish it.

    SO thanks for the great ideas and see you later.

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    This stuff is for Janos:

    I like the fractured idea with the architects best, I think.

    The sword behind the back one seems to have the clearest narration in button puncher.

    Shadows- the hiding on the subway one seems creepiest to me somehow

    Seedling- This one is tough to pick a winner but I think the broken toys one is interesting

    Five Stars- I'm leaning toward the weapons one right now. The covers are supposed to be high impact and sets of shoes would have to be pretty damn cool shoes indeed before anybody besides Imelda Marcos would find the cover very attractive. The five way face has potential, particularly if you work in a star like motif to the abstraction. I just never really have much luck with abstraction around here. That's what brought me back to the five weapons on the table.

    Oni Rem: Don't let color intimidate you. If nothing else, get all your linework done on the five and do some kind of "colorize" or "posterize" button on your Photoshop. You have such great starts and I would love to see you finish.


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    Quick webcam of my WIP for Button Pusher, going out so I don't have time to scan yet.

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    Just a speedy ink, unsure what to do with the face. I considered sunglasses, but I figure the eyes are important to show her youth.

    Great stuff here guys.




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    Oni .... really like your sketch, can't wait to see what you do with it.

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    Got a bit going so far... I'm still working on the rough sketches of the other four and haven't gotten them scanned.

    This one I'm thinking on making the foreground houses simmilar to a shanty town with highrises in the background.

    Had a bit of a problem with photoshop when I was painting at 300 dpi...

    Every time I tried it would freeze up... I then increased the ram usage and decreased the history. everything seems to be working a bit better now.

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    haa thanks all for the encouragement!! it does a lot to my motivation

    as for font i threw that in for now, but in finding a good font i will shit bricks for that


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    Thanks for the great topics, Ilaekae (though i doubt I can do them justice)

    I want to jump on board.. been working on "shadows" during the last days... hope the size thing (I oriented on the gray text) is alright... and well, crits are more than welcome!

    Really nice stuff going on here velderia, I love your ideas! oni rem - the fractured sketch is really stunning! Razorleaf - love the button puncher w-i-p! I like the colored version better, maybe a not daylight setting would make it a bit more creepy (I don't know if you're going for that, of course). arrtorney - love your shadows cover - the simplicity works very well


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    it looks like i wont be having access to the internet for a while so i will find some other way to post my stuff :/


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    Aw shit. PM me the email address. 1 hr. per day library access. Gitcher scans in to me by email. We'll see to it you can post.

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    Nike Atm she looks a bit zombieish. I would try to soften her up and go only with blood splatters. Also I think the image lacks some more colours. Going all red gives it a nice graphical touch, but I would colden up the shadows by adding blue, and I say try rendering the grass yourself. It'll look soooo much better.

    The Crazy Dude SRD I like the idea of the aliens sitting on a truck. I say try to make the architecture and the cars more modern. They are on a different planet after all. Somehow I also didn't imagine skyscrapers for fractured, rather assembled huts made out of spaceships or so. I also like the alien you drew, but I would add another few. Fill up that truck!

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    i really like wips every one is posting........but i think.....it's a bit to soon... take your time remember there's five......maybe in a week or so unleash the WIP force or something like that. bounce back and forth between covers to give yourself inspiration. or at least that's what i keep telling myself..... i guess what i'm saying is we have more time in this challenge to tell a story with one image. than having to display panels telling a story so in theory it's the image that counts>>> who know's what the f--ck i'm saying anyway's

    nike great pic selective color's can make an image really bold but imp just stick with red black and white for highlights it looks like you where adding "flesh" tones wich throws everyting off....i get the shadows part of it but you could incorporate more "story"

    the crazy dude srd Jesus you couldn't of picked a shorter name....jkjklol
    i like your style. but i would like too see more "other worldly" things in that truck there's
    nothing alien about about a man and a chicken......

    razerleaf i think your fractured is kickass, but you should reverse your ships they supossed to all be dumped on the same planet. not escape from it. and on a side note are you using vector graphics for your button pusher? it just coffusses me.

    oni rem great start but WTF now YOU CAN'T make it????? look i'll say this i suck at skecthing with pencil!!! the eraser is my best friend. but you my friend (i don't know you) you rule so get of your ass.... pencil and then shade i'm sure you'll quallify for other challenges

    arttorney solid work on your shadows cover.......what medium are you using for these becuase you might want to diversify for your seedling cover.

    velderia great images have you produced....attached to them you must not be......(whoooowww now i',m talking like yoda) you have time try other things...for instance "button pusher" is /slash/ romance but where's the button pushing? unless it's a sexual button ooooohhhh that's why there in bed.......

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    Janos and Sabastian; Great ideas I'll get crackin'

    oh and Sabastian, if it's easier just go ahead and call me SRD, or Shawn.

    edit: whoops sorry Sabastian... I mostly spell phonetically... and I have massive cerebral flatulence on the occasion.

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    dammit people it's spelled wrong for a reason.....i'm an idiot!!

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    Because the other three are going to take me so much time I am probably going to have to finish the Seedling one and move on, but I understand what you are saying. These are mixed media tied together with the GIMP. The Shadow letters for example are scans of letter stencils that have a printout of a spiderweb behind them showing through. The figure was a pencil drawing based on a photo. I drew over the scan of the pencil drawing with solid color and then bucket filled with that warning pattern. (etc. etc.)

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