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12 January 2019 @ 12:51 pm
Working on covers . . .  

If in doubt, add sparkles. :: sigh :: It's a short story. Why am I fussing . . . oh, right. The alternative is to clean house.

(Anonymous) on January 12th, 2019 07:09 pm (UTC)
The mod to the car might signal SF if the viewer is looking for it, the "stars" are probably more suggestive of romance than the previous cover though (the shirt may also be, but I'm not sure).
(Anonymous) on January 12th, 2019 09:47 pm (UTC)
I had similar thoughts on the stars. They made me think urban fantasy/romance, like sparkly vampire-ish.

(Anonymous) on January 12th, 2019 08:15 pm (UTC)
RE: Cover art
Any way to showcase a ‘Bag of the Prophet’ as that is what saved them and is mentioned frequently ?
(Anonymous) on January 12th, 2019 09:57 pm (UTC)
Re: Cover art
I'm not Pam, or even an artist, but maybe a pair (or single) of "{" style door handles attached to a blue-ish circle/sphere, cut-off at the attachment to the handles, surrounding some indistinct prone figures?
(Anonymous) on January 12th, 2019 10:17 pm (UTC)
I think he looks way too healthy and not in pain. On the other hand if you are working on covers does this mean it is close to launch?

matapampamuphoff on January 13th, 2019 05:43 am (UTC)
A couple of weeks, and I have to work with pictures that are cheap and royalty free, so the perfect cover rarely happens.
(Anonymous) on January 13th, 2019 03:11 am (UTC)
I like the concept and the stars warn that it's not just real world. The colour of the shirt is good but loose the collar. It makes his neck look wrong, maybe even totally broken. People don't run their heads at that angle without crinkles in their necks and changes to the angle of shoulders.

His face needs to be a bit grungier, a few grey smears, dark shadows under eyes, maybe even dried blood smeared a bit, but not too red. He looks freshly shaven.

The blue writing looks light hearted and cheerful.

Perhaps you could add one of those dark grungy shaded borders too stop it looking too pretty.

Phew. That sounds like a lot. Hope it doesn't sound too negative or like too much work. I'll buy the story anyway. Grin.

mbarker: Me typing?mbarker on January 13th, 2019 12:39 pm (UTC)
What about a more abstract approach? Maybe a young girl, groaning over a homework assignment, in one corner, and three men in a roughly cubical glittering bag shaking in the other corner, with dice rolling across the middle?
(Anonymous) on January 13th, 2019 02:32 pm (UTC)
I like the dice idea if you can work it in somehow. Takes it away from romance. Soap bubbles are good too. Can you photograph some soap bubbles and add dice?