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  • squidbunnysquidbunny Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Well, definitely appreciate the feedback. Did you happen to catch the other thumbnail I was kicking around for a sample cover for this?

    coversketch1.jpg

    You can't really tell with such chunky roughs, but Vane's got one of the Wanted posters in her hand, which is going up in flames. Everyone hated this idea and suggested I go with the other one; I preferred this one due to its ambiguity.

    I don't know if I'm a fan of the cluttered vignette school of cover design, and I kind of envisioned always having Hunter and Black and nobody else on the covers to underscore its Spy v. Spyness. But you make a good point; a reader might not pick this up.

    Nnngh. It's getting sickening, how long I've been putzing with this. :/

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  • WassermeloneWassermelone Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I have to say I can't stand that Leinel Yu cover. It just looks like a bunch of seperate drawings he threw together at the last minute to make the cover. Its just a bunch of stuff at varying levels of detail and doesn't even seem to attempt to have a composition.


    I also really feel like you threw out those examples as if there was no such thing as a strong example of the type of cover squidbunny is trying to create. Im a huge fan of Mignola, but thats not the only cover style out there.
    MarkoDjurdjevic.jpg


    Squid bunny - I think it looks better that way :)
    To explain, having something JUST cut off, or JUST on the page is distracting compositionally. Its still a form of tangent.

    I also think you have some value problems over all - Ill try a paintover later.

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  • squidbunnysquidbunny Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    That's such an amazing cover.

    I do get what you're saying, Wasser, about the rope and the edge coinciding in an icky tangent; in the beginning (when the top loop there bled off the page) I was compensating in the other direction. In the end moving him further in is a better fix.

    A paintover would be too rad for words, sir. Thanks for all your help.

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  • MunchMunch Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    That first one bugs me just because you don't see Vane's face. It's a thing I think would work if you were trying to tease the character's identity, or if there were a reason to make the reveal of her face a big deal in the comic, but from reading the pages you've done so far, that doesn't seem to be the case. If this is going to be a reader's first introduction to the characters, I think you want to show them off a bit more. Robert Kirkman (Walking Dead, Invincible) actually discussed this in the back-matter for the Capes trade-paperback, saying that he was told to change the first issue's cover from this to this. They're both conveying the same image, the latter's just doing it in a more interesting way.

    If you've never seen any of his work, Marko Djurdjevic is a Marvel cover artist that often does very explosive, powerful fight-y images. You might try browsing through there if you're looking for a little inspiration. I'm particularly fond of this one.

    Edit: Beaten by Wassermelone on the Djurdjevic.

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  • FugitiveFugitive Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    squidbunny wrote: »
    That's such an amazing cover.

    I do get what you're saying, Wasser, about the rope and the edge coinciding in an icky tangent; in the beginning (when the top loop there bled off the page) I was compensating in the other direction. In the end moving him further in is a better fix.

    A paintover would be too rad for words, sir. Thanks for all your help.

    I think he might have also been referring to the cape, which is just barely hugging the borders

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  • squidbunnysquidbunny Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    While this doesn't address the face issue, possibly it's compositionally stronger?

    cover_v3.jpg

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  • HeartlashHeartlash Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    It's a bit tricky, because that cover design feels like it should inherently be surreal to me. It's not a literal snapshot, but a representation of the character struggle. So when you place it in an actual background, my brain tries to make sense of it in a way that just doesn't work. Where is Hunter jumping from? How did this scene get to this point? Why is Vane shooting at him pretty much point blank while he's not appearing to do anything about it?

    It might be better with a more ambiguous background, like the cover Wasser posted.

    Sorry this is getting so frustrating. If it's any consolation I actually think not seeing Vane's face works, given that she's not really revealed until the 13th page of the comic. Hunter is the star of issue one.

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  • squidbunnysquidbunny Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I actually share that particular concern with this switch, but find I'm getting worn down in the "does this make sense" department in favor of just trying to make something look cool. Does this make sense? :D

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  • GurtPerkGurtPerk Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    squidbunny wrote: »
    While this doesn't address the face issue, possibly it's compositionally stronger?

    cover_v3.jpg

    I actually really like how you rendered the horse, but I'm entirely sure of its significance. Overall, I think the piece has a lot of rhythm and potential--keep pushing it!

    I've been working on and off on the Vane model. I blocked in most of her clothing and started detailing the jacket. I'll send you some screenshots sometime.

    Actually, I may be able to help you out in this regard. I could potentially pose Vane in a pose--say like the one in your thumbnail--in 3D and you can paint over it potentially? I don't know, just an idea.

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  • winter_combat_knightwinter_combat_knight Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Squidbunny - i like your updates, but personally i think you where spot on with your original composition

    BEING THIS ONE
    cover_WIP2.jpg

    The new one looks a little too complicated for a cover, and it looks like you're trying to save your initial drawing by fixing and fixing and refining and painting over and fixing etc.

    So i think the issues raised where wrong. Go back to your original composition. It was fine.

    ______________


    Heres a doodle colour comp of that image posted a few pages back. fixed up most perspective issues. not the strongest composition, but im going to roll ith it anyway

    effing-about.jpg

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  • BelruelBelruel Life and death and love and birth and peace and war on the planet earthRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    she looks a bit like she is going down a catwalk.

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  • winter_combat_knightwinter_combat_knight Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Belruel wrote: »
    she looks a bit like she is going down a catwalk.

    Nah she's actually in a military science lab.

    bought some cheap ass illustration board a while back and forgot about it. decided to do a still life today. im happy with the fruit, but i struggled with the tea towel they where resting on.

    life.jpg

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  • ProjeckProjeck Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    No, i'm pretty sure she means that the woman's pose looks like she'd being down a catwalk

    all struttin' and such

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  • squidbunnysquidbunny Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    GurtPerk wrote: »
    I've been working on and off on the Vane model. I blocked in most of her clothing and started detailing the jacket. I'll send you some screenshots sometime.

    Actually, I may be able to help you out in this regard. I could potentially pose Vane in a pose--say like the one in your thumbnail--in 3D and you can paint over it potentially? I don't know, just an idea.

    Awesome, GP! I can't wait to see it.

    I appreciate the offer for a solid render to paint over, but I think I'll pass. I'd rather the final (whatever the hell that ends up being) look ... uh ... swooshy? :rotate:

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  • squidbunnysquidbunny Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Minimally developed this other one.

    I think I'll try to come up with some other stuff.

    cover_sketch_4000.jpg

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  • WassermeloneWassermelone Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    First off, I promise I havnt forgotten about saying I would do a paint over :P

    Secondly, there are two compositional (hah, sorry if I seem like a broken record) issues with this one.
    - Cutting off her feet at the ankle. Its a huge pet peeve of mine!

    - Value! Actually this is a problem with your last previous piece as well and was going to be the subject of my paintover. This is a problem I feel a lot of comic artists have because they are so used to using line and flat shapes to break up a panel rather than lights and darks. Its not too bad in this one as you have a clear dark focus in the foreground, but theres still some confusion with throwing the highest key values all over the place. One of the exercises I was taught was to try and use three basic value structures. Dark focus on light background, light focus on dark background, and high contrast focus on middle value background. Its something thats more of a guideline rather than a rule (like the 'rules' of thirds), but I think trying to work within those confines would help strengthen the composition until you've done enough of them where you feel you can start to break those guidelines strategically.

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  • poorwiggumpoorwiggum Registered User
    edited August 2010
    first brutish attempt at PS painting.

    But cat-people and Bad Brains rule.

    catbrains.jpg

    FYI - you all rule. I have looked through EVERY page of the Doodle. It is a fuckin' anthology of kickass artists. Stay up!

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  • PROXPROX Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Look what just came outta the oven:

    reign_oflaw.jpg

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  • squidbunnysquidbunny Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    PW, for a first attempt at a PS painting that is amazingly strong. Awesome.

    Wasser, you have been a super pal re: my cover thumbnailing. I agree that cropping at a joint looks jarring and amputated; I don't think I'm very objective when I sketch things.

    This is really undynamic, and has another, [slightly less] awkward crop!

    cover_sketch_4001.jpg

    I should get out of the doodle thread with this; I'm cluttering the place up.

    EDIT: Prox that's really cool.

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  • poorwiggumpoorwiggum Registered User
    edited August 2010
    Prox - Have you ever considered taking $$ to do some custom minis? I run an AMAZINGLY KICKASS weekly Dungeons and Dragons game, (crushbrewsslayorcs.blogspot.com) and I like to design maps and art and whatnot for it, I'd love to blow some minds with some custom minis, maybe as rewards for a PC keeping a character alive for more than ten sessions! (I work really hard to kill them, like a good DM should)

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  • PROXPROX Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    That's actually something I want to get into. PM me with what your looking for and your price range.

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  • poorwiggumpoorwiggum Registered User
    edited August 2010
    Prox - I'll pm you as soon as I figure out what I'd like!!! Thanks so much!

    Squidbunny - Thanks! I guess it's not really a 'doodle' since I spent so much time on it *heh...*

    here's a doodle from the other day. It's for my buddy who loves SW but hates luke.

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  • ArfenhouseArfenhouse Registered User
    edited August 2010
    headdi.png

    Just a face warmup I did today to get some rust off, I haven't painted in a while since summer's been going on.

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    He's holding a fire-whip thingy, not a backwards torch.

    Also poorwiggum....I wanna play your D&D game. Haha

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  • Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    PROX wrote: »
    Look what just came outta the oven:
    reign_oflaw.jpg


    This might be a dumb question, but what is this? I mean, physically, like what's it made of? It is a physical thing right, not just a 3D render? My brain is having trouble understanding what I'm seeing. It looks freaking cool whatever it is.

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  • poorwiggumpoorwiggum Registered User
    edited August 2010
    Arfen - It is the best campaign I've ran in a long time. My players are all legit dudes, no nerfherders. If you lived in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, I'd def invite you....but then the downside would be having to live in my crap town lol.

    Smof - I think that's a mini made by one of those 3d printer dealies. It takes 3d models you've made and prints them in a way that top scientists say is a miracle. (lol) But I'll let prox confirm/deny that.

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  • BelruelBelruel Life and death and love and birth and peace and war on the planet earthRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Projeck wrote: »
    No, i'm pretty sure she means that the woman's pose looks like she'd being down a catwalk

    all struttin' and such

    yeah this, projeck knows where it is at

    t arfen- your fire dude looks like he's gonna tip forward.

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  • winter_combat_knightwinter_combat_knight Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Belruel wrote: »
    Projeck wrote: »
    No, i'm pretty sure she means that the woman's pose looks like she'd being down a catwalk

    all struttin' and such

    yeah this, projeck knows where it is at

    :) I know. I was just being a smart ass :P

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  • PROXPROX Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    poorwiggum wrote: »
    Arfen - It is the best campaign I've ran in a long time. My players are all legit dudes, no nerfherders. If you lived in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, I'd def invite you....but then the downside would be having to live in my crap town lol.

    Smof - I think that's a mini made by one of those 3d printer dealies. It takes 3d models you've made and prints them in a way that top scientists say is a miracle. (lol) But I'll let prox confirm/deny that.

    Zcorp printers work off a 3D model you've made. The cool thing is that also do color, so whatever texture you do can be printed as the model is being built up. It works via gradually building up layers of resin starch and glue.

    Afterwords the Resin must be "cured" with Zap a gap so that it wont be brittle. Once cured, the thing is solid as a rock.

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  • Brovid HasselsmofBrovid Hasselsmof [Growling historic on the fury road] Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    That's really neat. So how big is that thing?

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  • NakedZerglingNakedZergling A more apocalyptic post apocalypse Portland OregonRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    squidbunny wrote: »
    Minimally developed this other one.

    I think I'll try to come up with some other stuff.

    cover_sketch_4000.jpg

    Feels like they're partners here

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  • squidbunnysquidbunny Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I mentioned this I think in the other thread but I'm fine with portraying their relationship ambiguously on the cover; one of the key points of the story is Vane is not actually a bounty hunter pursuing an outlaw or a jealous hag out for revenge on an old flame as is apparent in the beginning.

    I'd love for more folks to express a preference among all these thumbnails I'm junking the place up with; I really appreciate all the great, pointed crits but I feel everyone's effort is going to be largely wasted since I only plan to develop one of these ideas.

    That said: what about something more graphic and less literal?

    cover_sketch_4002.jpg

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited August 2010
    I prefer this latest one, I think, but then I don't like book and comic covers with a straight-up narrative excerpt. Or worse, a scene which isn't even part of the story.

    Anyway, the gear element is cool and I like the silhouette-against-the-skyline idea.

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  • squidbunnysquidbunny Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Thanks, tyn. You're awesome so your vote counts double.

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  • MunchMunch Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    Yeah, I love that one. It reminds me of the recent redesign the Iron Man covers received. But then, I've always loved book/comic covers that take a more graphic, kinda Criterion Collection approach.

    Anyhow, just to add some art-content, I drew this a little while back.
    2h696wz.jpg

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited August 2010
    squidbunny wrote: »
    Thanks, tyn. You're awesome so your vote counts double.

    <3

    edit: Oops
    Arfenhouse wrote: »
    headdi.png

    Just a face warmup I did today to get some rust off, I haven't painted in a while since summer's been going on.

    fire2.png


    He's holding a fire-whip thingy, not a backwards torch.

    Also poorwiggum....I wanna play your D&D game. Haha
    squidbunny wrote: »
    I mentioned this I think in the other thread but I'm fine with portraying their relationship ambiguously on the cover; one of the key points of the story is Vane is not actually a bounty hunter pursuing an outlaw or a jealous hag out for revenge on an old flame as is apparent in the beginning.

    I'd love for more folks to express a preference among all these thumbnails I'm junking the place up with; I really appreciate all the great, pointed crits but I feel everyone's effort is going to be largely wasted since I only plan to develop one of these ideas.

    That said: what about something more graphic and less literal?

    cover_sketch_4002.jpg
    Munch wrote: »
    Yeah, I love that one. It reminds me of the recent redesign the Iron Man covers received. But then, I've always loved book/comic covers that take a more graphic, kinda Criterion Collection approach.

    Anyhow, just to add some art-content, I drew this a little while back.
    2h696wz.jpg

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  • desperaterobotsdesperaterobots perth, ausRegistered User regular
    edited August 2010
    satankareokeprint-web.jpg

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  • KealohaKealoha Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    I love that, DR. Do you maybe have a wallpaper size version? I'm on 1280x800, but I can make whatever work if it's big enough.

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  • tynictynic PICNIC BADASS Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited August 2010
    Messing around.

    tav_quixote.jpg

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  • ArfenhouseArfenhouse Registered User
    edited August 2010
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    In progress

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  • squidbunnysquidbunny Registered User regular
    edited August 2010
    tynic wrote: »

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    Cowlanser.


    For now I'm listening to the doodle thread and ignoring the people in my thread and seeing where this one goes, I guess:

    cover_WIPv2.jpg

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