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    Creating an album cover

    I was sixteen years old when I bought the album Heavy Metal Ears by the Dutch hardrock band Picture, that was in 1981. The band is making a revival and a few weeks ago a member of the band contacted me for making the cover for their new album called Warhorse. I was honored and delighted, and began to work on it and make the best of it. Thats why I'm calling for help, crits and comments on the process.
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    I see that your forcing perspective there, but even so the rider seems quite small.

    The first thing I thought of was Frazetta's Death Dealer. That may be a good thing, or it may not depending on what you're after.

    I like the detail in the horse's head and think the mouth area is particularly nice.

    I think the pike/flag/thing is too close to the logo. It should probably directly overlap it. If not, then put enough negative space between it and the logo. The logo also seems small in the composition overall. The blue pops it nicely, but it's still kind of dark and hard for me to read.

    You need a pink fluffy bunny sitting on the skull.

    OK, tired now. Off to bed. I look forward to updates.

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    You need a pink fluffy bunny sitting on the skull.
    lmao.
    First of all, congrats. you must be really excited.
    I know that the skull is just a prop but it seems too small compared to the horse's leg.
    The spikes on the horses head and neck seems a bit flat
    I really like the atmosphere you have got going on.
    The transition between the front part of the horse and its back part seems a bit abrupt, i think you need a bit more details on the middle part of the horse to make the transition smoother.
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    Thanks a lot for the crits guys, definitely things I can work on. The midsection of the horse didn't got my attention yet, also because I don't know where to go with the front and neck armor, and what to do with the saddle. Also I'm afraid I don't know how to draw the two back legs. Haven't found good reference for it yet.
    About the rider and scull being too small, I want the horse to be BIG and intimidating. So I thought if the rest is a bit smaller the horse automatically seems bigger. Right?.

    Hmm, and maybe I'll draw a pink fluffy bunny in there.
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    Right now the horse reads as slightly on the large side, while (to me) the rider seems like he'd be maybe a meter tall or so. More visual clues for us to compare the horse against might help the scale.
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    Agreed with scott about the logo, if that cover means "CD cover" that logo will be really itty bitty and probably impossible to read. I'd blow up the logo to be at least two or three times as large as it's now.
    There's also maybe bit too much empty space around the figure (especially noticeable because the logo is right in top of the figure) so unless there's going to be text there, you could experiment by moving the figure bit to the right or left.

    The perspective problems have been mentioned already, but the horse's anatomy looks kinda off too. The leg joints look oddly stocky (armor-knee-pads?) as well as overall short and the front leg also seems to be bending unnaturally (though harder to say because it's been blurred).

    Also the horse's chest armor looks soft and round, more like rolls of marshmallow than workable armor.
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    Album covers are fun, and congrats!

    I agree with pretty much everything said so far. The rider should match the horse, because you wouldn't put an average-sized warrior on a gigantic horse for battle; you'd put the biggest damn knight in your realm on that horse. Right now he does look small rather than the horse looking big. Make small skulls and swords litter the ground, but keep the rider proportionate to the horse or it looks like he'd go flying off the thing when it breaks into a trot.

    The lettering isn't just small and thus hard to read; it's small and thus not in balance.

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    Making the rider bigger is definitely an improvement. Also made the logo bigger. Comments please.
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    The horse

    There have been some really good comments so far. Here's what I think: The horse needs some emotion. It looks scary with all the armor, but it's posture says "tired" or "defeated." I'd definitely sit down for an hour and COMB the internet for interesting photos and renderings of war horses. Look at Frazetta for sure:

    http://www.majorspoilers.com/wp-cont...a/Frazetta.jpg

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_fvSSLy0eIh...aw+of+Torn.jpg



    Hope that helps.
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    Also, I know the text isn't finished, but I think they both still need to be larger. The band name should be a large and important part of the composition.
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    Sounds like a cool gig, even more so since your a fan of their stuff

    Looking pretty cool just get those proportions in check and more emotion in the horses face could be cool, like a wild, barely restrained look. Although the textures are cool try to place them with some thought and care or else you end up with a texture overload, confusing the image as a whole.

    Andrea del Verrocchio done an awesome horse bronze (can't think of the name of it off the top of my head) but maybe google image it for some reference. Here's a rough as guts paintover for ya to spark some ideas.

    Congrats on the gig, keep at it man

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    Rusty I like the poses and perspectives on your PO but I prefer Tommoy's armor design for both the horse and the knight.

    Tommoy, the proportions on your knight are really messed up. He has super huge long legs, a tiny torso, super small shoulders that are too narrow and a tiny head.
    Gotta fix that.
    It doesn't look like perspective, it's too extreme for that.
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    The legs of the horse man are out of proportion, and the horse needs a more valiant pose. You also need to work your background. I like the bg colors in the first one more.
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