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Offline MH Johnson

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Thank you all for rating the original sets, It's definitely helped. I ruled out the least favorite, went with white (it tied with gold, both were favorites, thanks on that!) and switched the cover order around, taking Nick's point that the cover with the flaming sword was a good lead book eye-catcher.

That being said, I experimented a bit with cover 1, trying out a few variants, and I'm curious to see which people like best! - First using the original title, then showcasing a couple two-word titles that might (or might not) be more catchy/appealing.

The set of three



Do you like one of these lead covers better?



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Re: Grade my fantasy artwork! (A set of 3)
« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2018, 06:16:19 PM »
I eliminated set one right away. I was torn between set two and three but I settled on set 3. The text is easier to read to me. The white pops more than the yellow. Great covers!

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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2018, 06:28:16 PM »
I preferred set 1 because the banner text across the top of 2 and 3 was too light, especially on the first book versus the third.


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Re: Grade my fantasy artwork! (A set of 3)
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2018, 07:04:10 PM »
Really beautiful covers. My choice would be set 3.  They stand out to me more.
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Re: Grade my fantasy artwork! (A set of 3)
« Reply #4 on: January 11, 2018, 07:21:38 PM »
I like set 3 best for consistency of design and ease of reading. Gorgeous artwork!

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Re: Grade my fantasy artwork! (A set of 3)
« Reply #5 on: January 11, 2018, 07:26:46 PM »
i would also choose set 3. great covers. love the typography.

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Re: Grade my fantasy artwork! (A set of 3)
« Reply #6 on: January 11, 2018, 07:29:53 PM »
Very nice. I like set 2 but you need to darken the box around the series title so it stands out better, otherwise it looks washed out in books 1 and 2. I think the title coloring really works and gives it a bit more pop.

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Re: Grade my fantasy artwork! (A set of 3)
« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2018, 07:38:16 PM »
2 or 3.

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Re: Grade my fantasy artwork! (A set of 3)
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2018, 07:46:42 PM »
I like 2 best with 3 a close second. 1 is right out for me
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Re: Grade my fantasy artwork! (A set of 3)
« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2018, 07:52:11 PM »
3 is my preferred set.

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Re: Grade my fantasy artwork! (A set of 3)
« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2018, 08:04:50 PM »
REALLY gorgeous stuff!  Mark me down for #3!

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Re: Grade my fantasy artwork! (A set of 3)
« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2018, 09:19:26 PM »
3. I'd considered changing the color of the series "banner" from the off green to something with a little more pop. Not sure how a red or a blue would mesh with the existing color scheme, but it's worth asking your designer to see.

I'd also consider making the text on covers 2 + 3 the same size (e.g. larger) as #1 for consistency. Also, maybe make cover #2 the first in the series, as it's by far the strongest and most eye-catching. I get that might mess with the whole squire thing, since she's wielding a firey sword, but just something to consider.

Anyway, good branding and good artwork.

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Re: Grade my fantasy artwork! (A set of 3)
« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2018, 09:57:34 PM »
I like both set 2 and set 3, but I would suggest darkening the image across the top of the first two books so the banner is more visible (the way the images are done in set 1).

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Re: Grade my fantasy artwork! (A set of 3)
« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2018, 10:17:48 PM »
2

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Re: Grade my fantasy artwork! (A set of 3)
« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2018, 10:22:30 PM »
Maybe 3 then 2. Or 2 then 3.  :-\  Both look great.

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Re: Grade my fantasy artwork! (A set of 3)
« Reply #15 on: January 11, 2018, 11:25:17 PM »
I'll vote for set 2.
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Re: Grade my fantasy artwork! (A set of 3)
« Reply #16 on: January 11, 2018, 11:39:16 PM »
Although 1 shows your artwork, it fails to convey the idea that those books are in a series. And 3 breaks consistency by placing the title on the bottom. So definite no for #1.

Of the choice between 2 and 3, I am pretty evenly split. I think the color gives the title more pop while the white lets the eyes enjoy the background a bit more.

Things that need improved:
The titles of all three books should occupy the same amount of space on the cover. That means 1 is too large, 2 is a tiny bit overly large, and 3 has no choice due to width constraints so I'd try matching 1 and 2 to 3.
The subtitle and author name is too hard to read on book 1 and 2. I think the bar underneath the subtitle should be fully opaque and so should the author name if it isn't. There's enough background image to look at, it doesn't need to be competing with the typography.

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Re: Grade my fantasy artwork! (A set of 3)
« Reply #17 on: January 12, 2018, 12:57:14 AM »
I vote for #2. Gorgeous covers, and I wouldn't change a thing.

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Re: Grade my fantasy artwork! (A set of 3)
« Reply #18 on: January 12, 2018, 01:07:16 AM »
2 or 3, definitely.

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Re: Grade my fantasy artwork! (A set of 3)
« Reply #19 on: January 12, 2018, 01:14:51 AM »
2 or 3 but I wish the series title was down by the title and not with the author name for flow of information.

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Re: Grade my fantasy artwork! (A set of 3)
« Reply #20 on: January 12, 2018, 02:20:01 AM »
Personal opinion, but I think banners make covers look old-fashioned. I go with #2 without the banner and the author name moved up slightly to accommodate (also the non-decorative font might work better). I think the titles are a little close to the bottom of the layout, too, if you're going to do a print option. Love the artwork, though!
 
 
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« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2018, 02:49:32 AM »
I agree with the other folks. I like set three, it has this sort of old fashioned fantasy cover look toit.

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Re: Grade my fantasy artwork! (A set of 3)
« Reply #22 on: January 12, 2018, 05:35:28 AM »
Yes to set 3 from me!  8)

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« Reply #23 on: January 12, 2018, 05:54:40 AM »
Set three. Looks great!

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« Reply #24 on: January 12, 2018, 07:41:37 AM »
I like set 2. It's got consistency and I like the color of the text.

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Re: Grade my fantasy artwork! (A set of 3)
« Reply #25 on: January 12, 2018, 09:04:07 AM »
I vote with 2. I like 3 as well, but the white makes it seem a little washed out.

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Re: Grade my fantasy artwork! (A set of 3)
« Reply #26 on: January 12, 2018, 09:52:21 AM »
Set 2!  Most visible and nicely branded.

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Re: Grade my fantasy artwork! (A set of 3)
« Reply #27 on: January 12, 2018, 10:08:08 AM »
Set 2 & 3 would get my vote. I like the darker version of set 2 as compared to three, but the yellow text is a little off putting to me. Maybe use the text from 3.

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« Reply #28 on: January 12, 2018, 12:04:58 PM »
I like set 2 best.  I think it looks great, and I think the yellow/gold titles are more visible than in set 3.

I don't like the title-placement inconsistency in set 1.

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« Reply #29 on: January 12, 2018, 03:16:15 PM »
Another vote for either 2 or 3. I think they are both wonderful.

A while back I was looking for fonts to use for my cover, and I picked either that one, or something very like it. It's really great, easy to read while still suggesting the fantasy genre, and it also just seems right for book covers, too. Then, I started seeing it, or fonts very similar to it, on lots and lots of fantasy covers. At first I thought this could be a problem, but now I'm kind of leaning towards thinking that readers won't notice or care, and the important thing is that it works, which it most definitely does. Some day maybe instead my mind subconsciously reading that font as "fantasy book cover title," it will read it as "same old, same old," but I think that day is probably a long way off.
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« Reply #30 on: January 12, 2018, 04:51:34 PM »
3! And great covers - congrats!

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« Reply #31 on: January 12, 2018, 09:29:39 PM »
I'm torn between 2 and 3. Great covers either way :)

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« Reply #32 on: January 12, 2018, 10:26:56 PM »
That's solid fantasy cover work, you will do fine.






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« Reply #33 on: January 13, 2018, 01:45:39 AM »
Either 2 or 3 would be good, but I'm not keen on that dominant banner at the top. I'd shift everything upwards and place it at the bottom.

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Here is the fresh sets I updated at the top of the post.




Do you like one of these lead covers better?



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Thank you again for all your support and feedback, I'm grateful for it!




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Here is the fresh sets I updated at the top of the post.




Do you like one of these lead covers better?



A                                       B                                       C



Thank you again for all your support and feedback, I'm grateful for it!

Much better. B's my favorite.