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Offline fantasybyrd

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Can you help me choose a book cover?
« on: February 07, 2021, 01:18:47 PM »
Hey everyone!

So my brilliant cover artist has sent me the first (very) rough sketches of the front cover design of my novel, and I would love to know if anyone has any opinions on them or would be able to pick a favourite out of the three?

drive.google.com/file/d/1mQeRPDxPLefLe1bN_Rs6QAG3BFKIOXHT/view?usp=sharing


Some quick info and current thoughts:
1) The title is not formatted - just simply included to show its location on the page. The font, size and spacing will likely be different on the final design.
2) My cover artist said herself that the first image is a little "squashed" so has gone for a second landscape image, whilst the third is a merge of character and landscape. Personally, I like the third one a lot as this book is the first in a four-part series, and so the imagery of the main character could be designed in line with his development across the books. Plus, the abstract nature seems to fit well with my MC's non-visual perspective (as he is blind), although it could be a little less "busy" maybe. I know a good image is different to a good cover, and so wanted some second opinions from book lovers!

Which one do you think might draw you in the most if it were to be developed into a finished sketch?

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Re: Can you help me choose a book cover?
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2021, 01:58:23 PM »
Interesting!
I have to be honest with you and say I don't like 3 much, with the person outline and the eyes... But then again, I really don't like people in covers hehe
The other 2 look fine (and I don't think the first looks squashed at all)
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Re: Can you help me choose a book cover?
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2021, 03:10:20 PM »
Have to agree with Bea. #3 is my least favourite. Somehow too many things happening there.

#1 and #2 (in that order) would be my ranking. Though a hybrid would be my suggestion.

- The mountains in #1 are good. The bottom 3rd of #2 has more details and is good.
- The foliage surrounding the bird in #2 is nice, but on other side, too much foliage surrounding the name stops it from standing out. (#1 is a bit bland around this overall). Add the foliage around the bird to #1
- The buildings in both needs more details. #1 looks very church-y and #2 feels very barn-y. Is that supposed to be a castle or a town with towers/wall?

So in essence, Take #1, add the foliage around the bird and bottom 3rd of #2 and you'll get a nicer overall appearance imo.
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Re: Can you help me choose a book cover?
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2021, 05:21:47 PM »
I like the second, it has the tree branches framing it which I think works out well to my eye. I agree that the third is too much clutter. You need something your eyes can land safely on.

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Re: Can you help me choose a book cover?
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2021, 05:39:54 AM »
Seconding the second.
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Re: Can you help me choose a book cover?
« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2021, 08:51:41 PM »
I'm drawn more to the second one--I like its use of space and how everything seems to point toward the center. The first seems a little sparse, the third one looks like the character is wearing a turtle neck pulled up over his mouth.  #1 and #3 aren't necessarily bad, but I think they might be suffering from being rough drafts.

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Re: Can you help me choose a book cover?
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2021, 12:20:57 PM »
I like both of the first two, but I have to agree that third one I personally would rule out.
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Re: Can you help me choose a book cover?
« Reply #7 on: February 09, 2021, 02:43:27 PM »
Definitely not the third. The second works much better for me.

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Re: Can you help me choose a book cover?
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2021, 04:42:41 PM »
I have to be honest with you and say I don't like 3 much, with the person outline and the eyes... But then again, I really don't like people in covers hehe
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Re: Can you help me choose a book cover?
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2021, 06:39:35 PM »
1st or 2nd.
Both are OK and the 2nd might win with a more finished sketch.

Not 3, it's too mixy.

It's hard to get a suitable artist. I have a relation that's successful and she did do a painting of one character, but won't even consider doing covers.

A friend has used a licenced image from a library.

I've used photo-montage for my SF and old Romantic art (mostly) for my Fantasy, with basically a different style for the pure fantasy and the Otherworld, but old Norse story illustrations for some Otherworld stories with Norse characters.

It's really hard. I notice though a lot of SF  in the 1960s and 1970s had spaceship covers unrelated to the content.
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