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Title: Book 2 cover reveal..fixed plus stand alone cover
Post by: Pandorra on October 07, 2017, 10:56:36 PM
Ok so it turns out I had a friend.. lol


(https://i.imgur.com/w6k2tGt.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: C. Gold on October 07, 2017, 10:57:58 PM
That is seriously hot!!
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: Kal241 on October 07, 2017, 10:58:57 PM
Awesome! Good similarity to your previous color, and the red glow gives off a distinctly ominous and sinister vibe, which would benefit a darker series installment.
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: Pandorra on October 07, 2017, 10:59:07 PM
That is seriously hot!!


I need to actually ask my friends what they do for a living lol .. one is a major graphic artist.
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: C. Gold on October 07, 2017, 11:00:36 PM

I need to actually ask my friends what they do for a living lol .. one is a major graphic artist.
OMG HAHAHA Score!!!!
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: Rosie A. on October 07, 2017, 11:09:15 PM
I agree with Laurie about the matching fonts. Otherwise, it looks good!
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: Pandorra on October 07, 2017, 11:14:15 PM
Apparently you can't mix red and blue lol .. I tried he said its a major fubar for graphics...
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: Pandorra on October 07, 2017, 11:19:34 PM
Actually I don't have the original fonts for the first book they belong to Patty Jansen so I will prbly have him change the first books fonts with the release of the second book.. so they come out together
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: Herefortheride on October 07, 2017, 11:26:38 PM
Nice!

As a nitpick, any reason the word covenant is so much smaller than the word "voices" from the first book? I would think you'd want them to both be the same size 9would also fill up some of that empty space near the bottom.
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: Pandorra on October 07, 2017, 11:29:42 PM
Nice!

As a nitpick, any reason the word covenant is so much smaller than the word "voices" from the first book? I would think you'd want them to both be the same size 9would also fill up some of that empty space near the bottom.


The reason is he gave me control of the fonts .. lmao I have been playing with size *that ones on me* but yea, I will prbly make it bigger like the previous title before release.
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: Herefortheride on October 07, 2017, 11:55:12 PM

The reason is he gave me control of the fonts .. lmao I have been playing with size *that ones on me* but yea, I will prbly make it bigger like the previous title before release.

Yeah, otherwise looks pretty good!

I'm having a skype call with my artist in a couple of weeks to try to figure out my book three cover. Currently no idea.  :'(
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: Pandorra on October 08, 2017, 12:07:17 AM
OMG HAHAHA Score!!!!


Yea, he even did the visuals on a bunch of really popular stuff including Daya's 'sit still, look pretty' video.. he's a gem, but I had no idea!  ::)
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: C. Gold on October 08, 2017, 12:08:38 AM
Yeah, otherwise looks pretty good!

I'm having a skype call with my artist in a couple of weeks to try to figure out my book three cover. Currently no idea.  :'(
Oh so you are the lucky owner of that gorgeous 'painting' I'd like to hang in my room (your cover 2). Don't make cover 3 any more awesome, I don't think my poor heart could stand it ;)

Good idea to match the fonts on both covers. And sizes. And position of the book name/series name - I noticed those are reversed.
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: Pandorra on October 08, 2017, 12:12:51 AM
Oh so you are the lucky owner of that gorgeous 'painting' I'd like to hang in my room (your cover 2). Don't make cover 3 any more awesome, I don't think my poor heart could stand it ;)

Good idea to match the fonts on both covers. And sizes. And position of the book name/series name - I noticed those are reversed.


Nope, asked that, apparently it should be title then subtitle.. unless you already have a big name which would go first. The size I will redo during the editing phase.. it isn't as much copying the first books design as fixing what I did wrong with the first one so I can move on to the next covers, its a longer series in that world soo getting it right now would be good.
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: Herefortheride on October 08, 2017, 12:20:32 AM
Oh so you are the lucky owner of that gorgeous 'painting' I'd like to hang in my room (your cover 2). Don't make cover 3 any more awesome, I don't think my poor heart could stand it ;)

Good idea to match the fonts on both covers. And sizes. And position of the book name/series name - I noticed those are reversed.

Thanks!

Big problem is that I haven't come up with a visual for book three that matches the first two (which I love). They all need to be out of this world.
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: Pandorra on October 08, 2017, 12:25:44 AM
Thanks!

Big problem is that I haven't come up with a visual for book three that matches the first two (which I love). They all need to be out of this world.


I love both of them to, but I suppose it depends on where you took the third book.. if its the same artist then I am sure it will be phenomenal!
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: C. Gold on October 08, 2017, 01:06:43 AM
Thanks!

Big problem is that I haven't come up with a visual for book three that matches the first two (which I love). They all need to be out of this world.
Big mountain with fortress... big mountain with dragon... big mountain with something big that appears in third book - god/goddess smiting the field in front of the huge mountain with bolts of lightning... or big mountain with dragon flying over fortress attacking the epic army coming to conquer or big mountain is exploding as a volcano and wiping out the fortress and the dragon because it wanted top billing on the cover. :P
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: C. Gold on October 08, 2017, 01:09:14 AM

Nope, asked that, apparently it should be title then subtitle.. unless you already have a big name which would go first. The size I will redo during the editing phase.. it isn't as much copying the first books design as fixing what I did wrong with the first one so I can move on to the next covers, its a longer series in that world soo getting it right now would be good.
I meant I liked cover 1 layout and think cover 2 name, title, subtitle should be arranged to match since they were different. I agree fixing cover 1 to match your series is best done now.
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: Herefortheride on October 08, 2017, 01:10:11 AM
Big mountain with fortress... big mountain with dragon... big mountain with something big that appears in third book - god/goddess smiting the field in front of the huge mountain with bolts of lightning... or big mountain with dragon flying over fortress attacking the epic army coming to conquer or big mountain is exploding as a volcano and wiping out the fortress and the dragon because it wanted top billing on the cover. :P
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Nice ones!!

I'll have to figure it out. But book three has no large dragons  =  (

Book two and book four do!
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: Pandorra on October 08, 2017, 01:27:25 AM
Big mountain with fortress... big mountain with dragon... big mountain with something big that appears in third book - god/goddess smiting the field in front of the huge mountain with bolts of lightning... or big mountain with dragon flying over fortress attacking the epic army coming to conquer or big mountain is exploding as a volcano and wiping out the fortress and the dragon because it wanted top billing on the cover. :P


Funny, that's what I thought of.. a dragon sitting on a mountaintop looking out over the city or a world in the book...
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: Pandorra on October 08, 2017, 01:29:53 AM
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Nice ones!!

I'll have to figure it out. But book three has no large dragons  =  (

Book two and book four do!


Maybe the mountain looking over the city with just a hint of a dragon in back/to the side, showing he is coming back?
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: C. Gold on October 08, 2017, 01:32:49 AM

Maybe the mountain looking over the city with just a hint of a dragon in back/to the side, showing he is coming back?
Oh! I got it - they have slain the dragon and it's body is on a huge spike in front of the fortress which is in front of the mountain! HAH!

That of course  p*ss es off the dragon's relatives who come for revenge in the next book!
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: Pandorra on October 08, 2017, 01:33:46 AM
Oh! I got it - they have slain the dragon and it's body is on a huge spike in front of the fortress which is in front of the mountain! HAH!


BAD CG! (If this starts a 'should I kill the dragon' thread I am coming for you... :P )
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: ShayneRutherford on October 08, 2017, 01:56:57 AM

BAD CG! (If this starts a 'should I kill the dragon' thread I am coming for you... :P )

The answer is obviously no, you should not kill the dragon. Unless it's evil, in which case that's acceptable.
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: Herefortheride on October 08, 2017, 02:59:47 AM
The answer is obviously no, you should not kill the dragon. Unless it's evil, in which case that's acceptable.

What about a cute little, blue (psychic) baby dragon? 8)
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: jeffkeith on October 08, 2017, 03:43:23 AM
That's a nice cover to go along with your first but I would do a couple things:

If you want to play around with color, adobe has a nice site https://color.adobe.com/ (https://color.adobe.com/) that lets you work with colors and it gives you the RGB and hex values of the colors you setup so you can use them in your chosen graphics software. Use the monochromatic or shades setting to pick colors that are "technically" good together. You could consider sampling color from your first book and using something like the triad color setting to get base colors for your other covers, then using the shades/etc. for the colors within a cover. It's a good tool and people have also uploaded lots of different palettes that you can just use.

Good luck!

Jeff
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: C. Rysalis on October 08, 2017, 05:58:29 AM
Looks great! Nice branding, too.  8)

But like others have said, I'd make sure the fonts match for the two titles.
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: Lorri Moulton on October 08, 2017, 09:46:49 AM
I'd match the fonts, too.  And maybe switch author/series title.

Love the color! Bad stuff is going to happen, isn't it?  Can't wait for book 2. :)

(https://scontent-sea1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t34.0-12/22384899_1948993678723758_645429444_n.jpg?oh=04729fa08da1f550acaddc9f979d6953&oe=59DD2831)
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: ShayneRutherford on October 08, 2017, 11:14:51 AM
What about a cute little, blue (psychic) baby dragon? 8)

Noooooooooooooo!  :'(
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: Herefortheride on October 08, 2017, 11:29:38 AM
Noooooooooooooo!  :'(

If I killed off Jolan my (meager) fanbase would riot.
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: ShayneRutherford on October 08, 2017, 11:33:37 AM
If I killed off Jolan my (meager) fanbase would riot.

 :D
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on October 08, 2017, 04:30:56 PM
Oh! I got it - they have slain the dragon and it's body is on a huge spike in front of the fortress which is in front of the mountain! HAH!


I like the cut of your jib.   ;D
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: C. Gold on October 08, 2017, 06:29:35 PM
 

I like the cut of your jib.   ;D
;D ;D Kill the dragons!!!  ;D ;D

Ok, don't hurt me! I assumed the dragon on the cover was evil since it looked sinister and had some mages going after it.
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: Dragovian on October 08, 2017, 06:46:13 PM
I like the second cover, but it looks much less polished than the first cover, to me; almost unfinished. I think increasing the contrast would help; perhaps a contrasting color behind the red glyph within the circle (the way the blue has a sort of golden texture behind it to make it pop). I also think copying the gradient fill on the title, but in red, would help make it look finished.
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal.. ok got it..
Post by: Pandorra on October 12, 2017, 10:06:33 PM
Better?

(https://i.imgur.com/AKG3RlG.jpg?2)
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal
Post by: Pandorra on October 12, 2017, 11:57:25 PM
And my stand alone.. horror/thriller


(https://i.imgur.com/u9wbQZv.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal..fixed plus stand alone cover
Post by: Jeff Tanyard on October 13, 2017, 01:19:34 AM
Thumbnail size:


(http://i.imgur.com/JliVxvG.jpg)
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal..fixed plus stand alone cover
Post by: Pandorra on October 13, 2017, 01:42:53 AM
Thumbnail size:


(http://i.imgur.com/JliVxvG.jpg)


'Child' bigger and a different font color for the name work?
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal..fixed plus stand alone cover
Post by: Herefortheride on October 13, 2017, 06:29:56 AM
Thumbnail size:


(http://i.imgur.com/JliVxvG.jpg)

Author name at the bottom needs to be readable in thumbnail.

"Child" of "Evolution's child" also doesn't seem as clear as "evolution" for what it's worth. The cover is good just needs a little polishing to be great!   =  )
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal..fixed plus stand alone cover
Post by: C. Rysalis on October 13, 2017, 06:38:49 AM
Yes, the font needs work. None of it is really easy to read at a glance, and the author name is pretty much impossible to decipher against the background. The typesetting as a whole just doesn't look professional.

The art is nice, though!
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal..fixed plus stand alone cover
Post by: Pandorra on October 13, 2017, 03:02:23 PM
Better?


Hah, I got it..
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal..fixed plus stand alone cover
Post by: Pandorra on October 13, 2017, 03:28:56 PM
Yeah :) I don't read horror but the image is scary!


This is a bit different mix your then typical horror, it should have something for everyone.. we'll see, I still don't know how its going to play through in the end... I started with market and it grew a mind of its own.  ::)
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal.. ok got it..
Post by: Dragovian on October 13, 2017, 03:57:25 PM
Better?

(https://i.imgur.com/AKG3RlG.jpg?2)
I still feel like it needs an actual contrasting color in there, not just a brighter version of the red. Something to pop the image out at us.
Title: Re: Book 2 cover reveal.. ok got it..
Post by: Pandorra on October 13, 2017, 04:09:57 PM
I still feel like it needs an actual contrasting color in there, not just a brighter version of the red. Something to pop the image out at us.


I'll play with it and see what I can get now that the fonts are fixed.