Band EP cover art

SaintElmosWireSaintElmosWire Registered User
edited March 2012 in Artist's Corner
Hey all, I just started work on a piece that may be cover art for a friend's band's EP they are putting out soon. This is one of many possibilities and in no way at all set in stone. Also I've only done the earliest layers at the moment, but you should get the idea.

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Crits/advice?

They are a two man instrumental guitar band and I'm thinking of keeping all their art a bit surreal. Issue is I haven't used Photoshop for proper painting in a very long time.

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  • NappuccinoNappuccino Registered User regular
    the boat is kinda clumpy... and not in a way that seems intentional. Maybe clean up some of the lines and it'll look nicer

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  • Linespider5Linespider5 ALL HAIL KING KILLMONGER Registered User regular
    edited March 2012
    The perspective on the boat is a little...too much prow and stern, not enough midsection. Might want to do a little referencing to get the feel of the hull.

    Stuff like this might help a little:
    seaport-pic-1.jpg

    5252004-alone-ship-with-two-masts-among-the-blue-sea.jpg

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  • SaintElmosWireSaintElmosWire Registered User
    yeah the boat's shape is more a stand in atm till I decide on an exact type for it. Will do that today.

    5252004-alone-ship-with-two-masts-among-the-blue-sea.jpg

    Quite liking that one, was the sort of thing I had in mind.

    Will post a further along version later, I realize there isn't actually much to say about it this early on.

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  • MagicToasterMagicToaster JapanRegistered User regular
    Where does the band's name go?

  • SaintElmosWireSaintElmosWire Registered User
    edited March 2012
    I was thinking of having the name just under the water, in the ship's sort of shadowed area. And the Album title very bottom right or along the sea floor. But that's actually a good point... I should proably have it on there or at least a place holder while I draw shouldn't I.

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  • MagicToasterMagicToaster JapanRegistered User regular
    Yes. I would design with that element in mind.

  • SaintElmosWireSaintElmosWire Registered User
    Haven't got much time to work on this yet:

    updated.jpg

    The ship's shape is still in flux but I think it's starting to look better.

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  • Linespider5Linespider5 ALL HAIL KING KILLMONGER Registered User regular
    edited March 2012
    Aye, that be a fine ship ye be proven there.

    Just be sure not to lose sight of the overall composition in the process. Everything feels conspicuously off-center right now with nothing in the middle tying it together. I know it's in progress and all, but don't be afraid to experiment with the text placement on this. It can overlap the image and still be good.

    Might want to reconsider the ship-chain-guitar/anchor relationship, resize the resize links maybe.

    Also, don't lose sight of the goal in what you're doing too. This can be hard, and I'm not trying to tell you what to do at all, but...ask yourself some things.

    How important is the ship to the image?

    The sky?

    The shadow the ship casts upon the water?

    Do I need the whole ship, or just part of the ship?

    Sometimes, reduction is key. I went and did a simple crop as a possible example of how to maximize the elements here:
    chillcrop.png

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  • SaintElmosWireSaintElmosWire Registered User
    Hmm that crop works quite well actually, I do see what you're saying. Watch for excess basically. I think I'll be able to see much clearer what's needed once I get to painting on the ship's body. The guitar/chain shape and perspective haven't been touched at all yet but hey will definitely change a bit.

    Looking at it now, something like that crop may look really good when the front of the boat (is that it's bow or stern, I've never been very nautical) has detain, especially where the anchor chain joins the ship. But will see as it goes, as I said this may just end out being band art not an album cover.

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  • FlayFlay Registered User regular
    edited March 2012
    I like the concept you've got going here, and you're off to a good start.

    Since you want the guitar and the to be a focal point of the image, I'd suggest finding a way to lighten the background around them to draw the eye. Like Linespider said, you should use the composition to enhance the most important elements. Also the background also seems to be lacking depth; both the ship, the guitar and the foreground feel as though they're currently on the same plane. I'm not sure if the darker area in the bottom half is a result of the depth of the water, or if it's meant to be a distant background, but if it's the latter you may want to give it a more varied silhouette to make it read as a landscape more. This image shows pretty well how you can establish depth underwater. Note how things overlap and how objects become lighter as they recede in to the background.

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  • SaintElmosWireSaintElmosWire Registered User
    Yeah I that's the effect I'm trying for, looks like stuff needs to lighten up a lot more as it fades into the distance until it's almost the same color as the water. I think I'll put much more light falling directly on the guitar.

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