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Jonathan B

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Cover Help
Posted: Aug 26, 2014 7:38 AM
 
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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 so much. Here is the link to the three images: . http://media602.dropshots.com/photos/1197504/20140826/b_212801.jpg
Robert M McCarr...

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Re: Cover Help
Posted: Aug 26, 2014 7:43 AM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
 
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Looking at it,

A: appears as if he's allied with the mice.

B: looks like he's hiding from the mice who are pursuing him.

C: looks like he's ambushing the mice who are attacking.

If they're not 'mice' I meant no offense.
Jonathan B

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Posted: Aug 26, 2014 7:47 AM   in response to: Robert M McCarr... in response to: Robert M McCarr...
 
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My wife thinks the same thing. (Actually, they are supposed to based on capybaras, but rather more fierce. :) )
Ben Chapin

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Re: Cover Help
Posted: Aug 26, 2014 8:29 AM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
 
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I like "B". Personally, A looks like they could be working together, C just doesn't feel right, but B gives the sense he's infiltrating enemy grounds IMO.
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Re: Cover Help
Posted: Aug 26, 2014 1:57 PM   in response to: Robert M McCarr... in response to: Robert M McCarr...
 
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I agree.
Donna St Felix

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Re: Cover Help
Posted: Aug 26, 2014 2:40 PM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
 
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I don't know the story or what you are trying to say with the cover, but 'C' is more of a 'draw me in' to me.
Stephanie

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Posted: Aug 26, 2014 2:44 PM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
 
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C is the most intriguing to me.
Renee

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Re: Cover Help
Posted: Aug 26, 2014 3:34 PM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
 
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All right, I am an Art teacher by day, so here is my two cents.

A. The person is looking away from the where I assume the title will be. Mistake. Don't do A.

B. The man is looking where the title would be. Good.

C. Their eyes (man and chupracabra) are too much on the same visual line, and they are too close together, crowded in the middle. Don't do C.

Definitely B. 100%.
Jonathan B

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Re: Cover Help
Posted: Aug 26, 2014 6:50 PM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
 
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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. :)
Jonathan B

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Re: Cover Help
Posted: Aug 26, 2014 6:58 PM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
 
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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.

This is a new image that shows what I mean.

http://media600.dropshots.com/photos/1197504/20140827/b_085401.jpg

Thank you everyone for helping me out here.

Edited by: Jonathan B on Aug 26, 2014 7:34 PM

Renee

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Re: Cover Help
Posted: Aug 26, 2014 7:28 PM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
 
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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.) ;)
Jonathan B

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Re: Cover Help
Posted: Aug 26, 2014 7:34 PM   in response to: Renee in response to: Renee
 
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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.
Renee

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Re: Cover Help
Posted: Aug 28, 2014 4:42 AM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
 
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A good composition is good even upside down. Personal choice. But, personally, I say go with A, the soldier is looking towards the edge you would open, and it invites you to do the same.
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