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    2 cover proposals

    These are proposals for Pitch Black publishing for their upcoming Lord of Swords II anthology.

    Up first is a more "cute" solution. This is the one that I figured folks had the hardest time seeing when I described it. If this one is liked, I plan to do really lush, dark red satin behind the swords. Hopefully catching the buyer's eye! I feel this one is a bit more "friendly".

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    The second one is the stuff of wet dreams of teenage boys! <g>. This is so NOT female oriented.... how many frakkin' phallic symbols can ya find?

    But it is a more traditional image. It is iconic, single figure... there is a reason why something like this is a cliche... it probably works at selling books. I have no data... but we've seen this image over and over again. Still, I like the audacity of so many blades strapped to our "Lord".

    And apologies to swiping a bit of Samurai Champloo... if you've seen the opening sequence, you know what I speak of...

    One note, I think If this one is chose, I would love to move the swordtip superimposed on the setting sun smack dab on the spine.

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    Oh yeah, text. The font is just a place holder. I'm so rusty with graphic design, it ain't funny. I pretty much do illustration for a living.

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    Theyre both pretty good, btu the first one seems too busy for a book cover. The second one is really simple, but effective. I've never heard of the book before, so I can;t really say which one complements the mood better. I would definately sayt hat plays a big role in which cover you choose.

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    i really like the second one. As already stated, the first one appears to busy.

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    "blah, blah, blah great wounderfull, skull crushing"
    man I love it
    I like the second better cause it draws more attention!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Infinit
    "blah, blah, blah great wounderfull, skull crushing"
    man I love it
    I like the second better cause it draws more attention!
    That was sorta a joke aimed at one of the authors of the short stories in the book. He is a really good friend, totally into sword and sorcery (published a conan pastiche actually, which is wonderful).

    I've got this pic up in a couple of different places... and it seems that pros like the 2nd image. Fans of Pitch Black like the first. Interesting, is it not?

    I'm glad I don't have to make the decision.. I"m happy doing either painting... I'll just leave it to the art director to tell me which one to do.

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