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    Posters, covers, and adverts.

    Remember when movie posters and other things could be interesting to look at?

    Why does it seem that most stuff is so damn lazy with their covers/posters nowadays?

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    And it's not just movies that do this, videogames are just as boring!

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    Books too! These are current New York Times Bestsellers

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    Where's this going? Well how about a thread of just good posters/covers/adverts/whatever. The product doesn't matter! It could be complete trash! But as long as you feel the poster/cover is decent, then go ahead and post it!

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    Its a trend. If you are into collecting painted covers as much as I am, then check out these links:

    B-movie posters: www.wrongsideoftheart.com NSFW!!

    Amiga cover scans: Amiga cover gallery


    Also from a practical standpoint its a helluva lot cheaper, quicker and easier to use stock photography than
    to find, hire, allot time and pay an artist.

    All I ever wanted to be was a VHS clamshell artist.

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    I agree, but I do like the "You Will Know Her Name" poster, whatever that is for. It is simple, but it's striking.
    In general, I hate the "hot young actor/actress faces plastered all over the advert", though.

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    It's not just that it's cheaper, apparently shitty generic photo covers sell more books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vineris View Post
    It's not just that it's cheaper, apparently shitty generic photo covers sell more books.
    I think we had a similar discussion here quite a few months back.

    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...ghlight=covers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Star Eater View Post
    Also from a practical standpoint its a helluva lot cheaper, quicker and easier to use stock photography than
    to find, hire, allot time and pay an artist.
    When in the old days low budget cheese could bother to shell out some money for a somewhat decent illustration, it boggles the mind how more often than not, new films with more than 10 times the budgets can't be bothered with that. It shouldn't be hard to at least get the storyboard artist to draw up an interesting layout to work from!

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    Geez, even PORNO's could have interesting covers back then! Even a weaker painting is alot more interesting than a stock image of the cast standing on top of the logo, or just a shot of the lead's face.

    Don't worry, the image should be ok to post. It's only in a spoiler because it's large.

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    So if he makes a boast about his penis length, what happens?



    And they don't even have to be paintings. You CAN use photos of the cast and make it work. Actors just standing around CAN work when they're not just staring blankly into space in dull poses.

    Even when paintings went out of style they still put work into having interesting posters!

    Look at the posters for Hamburger Hill.

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    I can easily spend hours at wrongsideoftheart. The scans are incredible. I love being
    able to see the paint strokes on VHS covers that used to sit in the store when I was a kid.

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    I wanna keep yapping:

    I doubt Hamburger Hill is a movie I'll ever watch, but it's still an interesting cover that gives something of a tone for the film right away. I wouldn't come into this expecting a darker movie like Full Metal Jacket. I can tell from the cover that I can expect lots of patriotism and brotherhood.

    What does the Red Dawn remake's poster say? (Posted in the OP for anyone wondering.) A bunch of losers with blank expressions holding guns, waiting for the cameraman to hurry up so they can leave.

    Here's the original Red Dawn poster!

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    Check it out! Something's HAPPENING! It's INTERESTING! I've never even SEEN Red Dawn and now I wanna know what happens! An army of Soviet soldiers parachuting down to a sleeping rural town? What are they after? What are they doing? What's gonna happen to the civilians?

    I now feel like watching this movie! Mission accomplished!




    Onto videogames, it seems that with franchises the only time they bother having a striking cover is when it's a new IP. Afterward, they just don't care.

    Look at Dead Space's original cover: a dismembered forearm floating in a vacuum.

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    It stands out! It's something different from all the other games on the shelf! It gives you something of an idea of the tone it's going for, and if that catches you you'll pick it up and read the description on the back.

    Then look at the sequel.

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    Yep, Issac's glowing helmet. Wow. I'd like to mention that this game has the protagonist suffering from dementia while trying to evacuate a space colony that's run by a corrupt government that wants to weaponize the horrific abominations from the first game. Couldn't they have shown any of that visually on the cover? I guess after the first game making an interesting cover doesn't matter, because they've already gotten their audience.

    And no, the cover doesn't even HAVE to give away backstory! The original game has a very vague cover, but the one interesting element is what draws you to it. I'm just saying they had more than enough material there they could have done something with!

    It's not even that hard! It's a game about shooting monsters! Just show him do THAT!

    Here's the cover for part 3.

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    To someone uninitiated, would you believe that from this cover that it's an action survival horror series influenced by Resident Evil 4, System Shock, and the Alien series? No, you'd think it's some Halo knockoff. It's just some guy in a weird space suit holding a futuristic gun.

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    I like the Carrie poster. A lot.
    The Denzel Washington poster looks like every Denzel Washington poster. It's probably in his damned contract: "poster shall feature Denzel's giant head, staring intensely into the distance."
    The Red Dawn remake poster is boring, derivative, and unnecessary. Just like the movie. Looking at it, you know exactly why you don't want to go see it.

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    I remember when I was a little kid I would be wandering around the library and pick up random books that have painted covers. Sometimes even erotic romance novels. You know those ones where it's people embraced, or a guy with a ripped body and maybe he's a pirate or medieval times and has a sword.


    http://photo.goodreads.com/books/126...5l/7631682.jpg

    http://www.unclewaltersrants.com/.a/...e5ca970d-320wi


    Hard to find in google search but some decently skilled painters in some.

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    Oh yeah, Fabio did alot of model work for cheesy romance novels.

    I can't remember the artist's name who hired him the most. I know Gurney talked about her a little bit on his blog a few months ago.

    Quote Originally Posted by Star Eater View Post
    I think we had a similar discussion here quite a few months back.

    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthr...ghlight=covers

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    Not according to art directors who insist they have to use these covers because their sales reps want them and the sales rep insists crowds of readers demand it. They swear by their marketing research

    http://theartorder.com/2012/02/06/my...-based-covers/

    Unfortunately the link doesn't work anymore.

    Either way, it's not the fact that they're photos that's the problem. It's the fact that they're BLAND that's the problem.




    Anyway, I think I'm done whining, time to post a good cover again.

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    Having posted this, the cover for the Tarantino movie isn't bad. This one's still better.

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    SSssshhhh!!!...man...you guys are going to wake up dpaint!

    Link was still now working for some reason Star...so here's another try: Wrong Side of the Art. And yeah, thanks for that new time sink...plus now I have to own "The Lustful Turk"...because the poster looks like a mashup of Disney's Small World and Insatiable. Not to mention it's filmed in 1001 colors! I mean...wow!

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