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Since We're Doing Covers

Discussion in 'Cover Design' started by Ankari, Jun 16, 2014.

  1. Ankari

    Ankari Hero Breaker Moderator

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    Since we're doing covers lately, I'd thought I share with you a cover for an upcoming anthology. What do you guys think? It was done by our very own Nihal.

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  2. Spider

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    It looks great! Reminds me of Skyrim:

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  3. T.Allen.Smith

    T.Allen.Smith Staff Moderator

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    Looks great!
     
  4. druidofwinter

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    I really like it. Great work Nihal!
     
  5. Lunaairis

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    It looks amazing!
     
  6. Devor

    Devor Fiery Keeper of the Hat Moderator

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    I think it looks great.

    My only comment would be that there's a lot of texture on that font, and it's a texture that fades into the background. It's passable the way it is, but I think some contrast or thicker lines or a minor background effect on the font might improve it a little.

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    Ahh buggard, it's the angle of my laptop screen making it look so dark. It's still a lot of texture, but it's better than "passable."
     
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2014
  7. stephenspower

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    That's really solid.
     
  8. Nihal

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    Oh, hey there!

    It was challenging to create a texture for the dragon symbol that would look interesting higher resolutions but still readable in smaller ones. You might like to see some close ups:

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    (click for bigger res of close ups)



    The idea was not only to make a nice cover but to create a visual identity for the series: a background mimicking some sort of material + logo in another finish. This design solution has been used countless times over the last decades, but Skyrim was pretty much an inspiration when it comes to the finishing. They did a really fine job on their textures, but they never went over the top and kept the designs simple.

    When I picked the materials for this cover I tried to steer away from the obvious polished metal solution; I kept a particular type of iron ore in mind instead. Isn't it pretty?

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    The symbol and the title are a true logotype. They work on flat colors and are vectors, for consistency in future uses.

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    The cover was entirely created on Photoshop, through a mix of textures, filters "bases" and lots of handpainted details.
     
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2014
  9. Mythopoet

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    I think your work on this cover is amazing, Nihal. If my book budget wasn't so tight at the moment, I'd buy it for the cover alone.
     
  10. Fyle

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    I gotta agree with Spider there... it looks extremely similar to Skyrim.

    Which is a pretty popular game.
     
  11. sankunai

    sankunai Scribe

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    I like it, and it does look like the Skyrim logo, but that's not a bad thing. It'll attract attention :).
     
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