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December 15th, 2002 #1
Book Cover Illustration...
here ya go...
this image was HEAVILY art directed...more so than any image Ive ever worked on.
PS...thanks to coro, foster, jaymz and puddnhead for all the input.
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December 15th, 2002 #2
WOW! my retnas just fell off. Its so amazing at how good that is. I love the whole thing. I wish I could see the steps it took u to get there. U are one amazing artist.
There is nothing wrong with using a photo to help you see things.
No one complains about life drawing,
so take a photo.
its easy, and will improve your piece greatly."
December 15th, 2002 #3
Damn im thinkiing he better hurry up ans start pulling that trigger or jump ! Nice work w
December 15th, 2002 #4
December 16th, 2002 #5Batteram Guest
The colours you used in this piece are great. I also like the textures on the metal iron thingys.
One question: What is that blue soul coming out of that girl meant to be? Is she about to die and her soul has come out of her body or what?
December 16th, 2002 #6
Beautiful colors! I was thinking the same like Batteram...i mean, she isn't dead yet, but there is a soul flying away...?
I love this shiny blue light...:hearts:
December 16th, 2002 #7retro002 Guest
maybe i'm a bit too curious, but may i ask what in particular the art director disliked?
thanks for posting
December 16th, 2002 #8
I really like this piece but at the moment I can´t imgagine it as a bookcover because of it´s wide format. Have you cropped it for the purpose of showing it to us?
The colours and figures are great as usual but somehow I´ve got some problems with the composition. It somehow topples to the right (but maybe it´s just me who sees it like this or it has to do with cropping). Furthermore it seems to me that the bosom of the hanging girl is a little off.
Hope you don´t mind critizising ´cause you´re a lot futher in drawing than I am. Overall great work as usual!
<Insert witty remark here>
December 16th, 2002 #9
Thank you for taking the time to post in our "finished" sector.
It's nice to see you alive Master Jason - even though i don't like you caged - that offer i've made to Hermchen remains valid - 4 cabs with nice people for mr. artdirector? In a sec. Yes.. it will be 4.25$ (special discount)
a bit cheesy for my taste and definitely not your (loose) style - nevertheless thought.. a "concrete" piece. (it rocks)
December 16th, 2002 #10
thanks for the kind words.
yes it is in painter
yes it is the girls spirit leaving as she will die.
no it is not cropped...the illustration was originally made to work as a two page spread and to take up part of the book cover format....sorta how a wide screen film only takes up part of a television screen...the top and bottom are black and blank...a place for all the text...but they are actually cropping in on the final cover...and using this as the two page spread in the middle.
no goon squad is necessary
the art director is very happy with this. It went thru lilterally dozens of revisions to be at that point. very very art directed.
yes the composition pulls to the right...that is the focal area...the man with the gun and the monsters coming at him....but if you notice how strong the blue is on the spirit...that is weighted enough to pull the eye back into the piece and across the format. a counter balance so to speak.....the composition is a very quick read...pull right to the focal area....has to be this way for marketing purposes...it is commercial illustration...hit em hard as they glance....then give the viewer enough secondary weights/focuses to keep them looking if they choose to...even try to make them look...(the bright color and strong value range)....even the color scheme is thought out for this...very dull to very bright....the goal of book illustration and package illustration is to make it POP off the shelf. that was what i tried to do for him. you do that with contrast of all aspects..value..color...line...and a quick reading composition.
I dont know if i was successful in this or not...but it was kept in mind the whole time...and discussed with the client to confirm that was indeed his goal.
December 16th, 2002 #11
Wow, it's good to see a new painting from Jason Manley... I liked the colors and the mood much and the poses and action looks great but the blue light reflection from the structure or the parts of the building looks a lot more purple .. like a ultraviolet light ... congrutulations. A good inspiration
December 16th, 2002 #12Registered User
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Glad that you decide to share that
awesome illustration with us!
I like everything about it,beside cognition that
that girl will die...buhhhaaaa.
Question-did you do just cover or
there is more illustration from you in
that book?If you did,hehehe,you know
what to do,right?
December 16th, 2002 #13Sadclown Guest
Man, I know I'm gonna get so flamed for this but....
I dunno, it's a really good painting and all (of course it is, Jason Manley painted it for god's sake), but it just doesn't seem IMHO opinion to have the life and character your other work has. Just my opinion of course, and I'm by no means some amazing artist or anything (I'm not even a good artist), it just seems to me that when I looked at your earlier work I could see the characters' personalities. This just doesn't inspire that in me. Just my humble opinion.