My cover artist has sent me her sketch for the cover of my next book. It is off in a number of areas and needs to be adjusted, but as I looked at it, I am wondering if my initial vision is the right one.
My vision was Cover A, with the person looking to where the others will be appearing. As I am looking at it, though, I wonder if that is the correct setup. I cut and pasted the image to get two more arrangements. It is not exact as there are pieces of other fighters here and there, but I hope it is good enough to get an idea.
Please, if you have a chance, give your opinion on which option would be better. Keep in mind that everything needs more work (the other fighters cannot look so cute, for example), so all I am looking for is the basic set up.
Thanks all. It seems as if my first vision is not the way to go.
I had in my mind how it would play out in a real military situation, and the soldier would be looking to where the other guys would be so he could step out unseen and shoot them, but after I saw it, I wondered if that detracted from the cover. Now, from your comments, I can see it has.
If I go with C, although this question, would be just as valid for B, do I flip the image to get the soldier on the left side of the page? Doing this would make him left handed, which is OK. I don't think I could make him right-handed because then the rifle would stick out towards the middle of the page.
I think if you want him to be left handed, then go with it. But if you could make the main capybara (sorry I wrote chupracabra before), a tad smaller and an itsy bit higher up in the picture plane, I think it would look fabulous - better than the previous A,B, or C. I still think having their eyes nearly line up on a horizontal line and be so close to the middle of the page right next to each other gives it a bit of a bullseye effect that traditionally you try to avoid in art. (Unless you are Jasper Johns, where it is perfectly acceptable for you to make a bullseye the center of interest.)
No, you are right about the capybaras. I already have that note for the artist.
Beyond them, I am just wondering about the layout. For the second set of covers, which one is better? B would be accurate for a right-handed person. Is there a difference in A or B as far as impact? In a paperback, the soldier in A would be "sitting" close to the spine of the book. In B, he would be at the book opening.