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Opinion time by SteveLeCouilliard Opinion time by SteveLeCouilliard
Hey, what do you guys think of this cover idea? I was going for kind of a zany Andre Franquin or Lewis Trondheim kind of thing. Or something like those old Frank Frazetta movie posters like for "What's New Pussycat". Does it lead your eye around the image? is it too busy? I'm conscious that this book will be most people's introduction to the series, so I want to give a sense of what it is. I also want to feature Marion prominently, because pretty girls get attention. *EDIT* Here's a color sketch that makes the whole thing more readable: [link]
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rem-dog Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
I like it, but it really has more of a splash page feel to me than a cover. I get the idea, I did the same thing for my third issue cover. [link] I'm still not sure it works.

Not to discourage you at all, but you may need to tweak it a little. Perhaps make it a bit off center, and Marion more prominent on the page? I dunno...
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rem-dog Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
I meant to suggest the center of action (Marion and Much) should be off center.
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dfridolfs Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
The term "busy" has been brought up, but I feel it's easily readable without being cluttered. All the ideas are presented without feeling lost. And the eye can move around while definitely being drawn back to the main image of Marion being chased. You might end up going with another try at the cover, but great layout regardless.
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Hellpug Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Student General Artist
For me, the idea that it is a chase gets lost because that corner is cut off thus cutting off a connection with the pursuers. It looks like the people chasing them are going off somewhere else and not really looking for them. The eye can't get lead around because the line for it to follow stops, plus its hard to tell where its supposed to start really. I didn't realize it was a chase until I read the comments to be honest. That's the best way I can word it.
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SteveLeCouilliard Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Well, Much is chasing Marion in the foreground and the other characters are chasing each other in the background. It's more confusing than it needs to be.
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Hellpug Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2011  Student General Artist
oh ok. Yeah its a little busy, I'm not sure many people would catch on to that.
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Lelpel Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
Love it! would be really cool if it had a slight Esher feeling to it - ^_^
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SteveLeCouilliard Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Yeah, that did cross my mind. Might be even more confusing though.
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Lelpel Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Professional General Artist
true :)
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flyingsquiggle Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
if the characters are in black line with bright colors, and the background is gray/dark gray or some such combo, it'll work fine. besides, bouncing breasts get attention.
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SteveLeCouilliard Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Thanks for the input. I'll keep working on it.
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Sibsy Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
I digs. It's a bit busy, but I think if you handle the colours properly, it will help definitely. Maybe the background stuff a little less saturated? Aw geez, what do I know? haha
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SteveLeCouilliard Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Don't sell yourself short. I've seen you do some lovely covers. I was planning to use an almost monochromatic background and soften the contrast on the more distant characters. I'll keep working on it.
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Sibsy Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Professional Filmographer
yea, can't wait to see the coloured version if you stick with this as your cover - heck, even if you end up using it for a pin up!
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SteveLeCouilliard Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
You're in luck: [link]
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Dogidillo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Hey actually, do you mind if I try my hand at coloring it myself? :heart:
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SteveLeCouilliard Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Not at all, please do.
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Dogidillo Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
I like it, but I'd simplify the stone work, especially around the logo. Also, you can make it less busy with good color usage, make the lower floor more monochromatic than the foreground?
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SteveLeCouilliard Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Yeah, I was thinking that. Thanks for the feedback.
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stvkar Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Awesome. Like Sergio Aragones maybe!
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SteveLeCouilliard Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Thanks.
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SeanE Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very busy - looks more like a page 1 splash page for the interior than a cover...
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SteveLeCouilliard Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Right, that's what I'm worried about. Maybe I should try a similar sort of chase idea, but with no background?
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SeanE Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
think of a cover as a stylised single panel. It shows something going on and shows us who the characters are - your cover for the other Mutch book (where he's bouncing down the street tied to the stake) was perfect as a cover. Something in that vein. You need to have a distinct focus on the main character. In this one, well I'm going to call it a 'page' rather than cover, we struggle to even *find* Mutch in all that's going on... there's no focus.

Otherwise a cover can just be a 'presentation' where the characters are standing around in a group etc looking at us... but that's more boring overall. Think Astrix/Obelix covers - for example --> [link] and [link] Those're great. Simple, effective and uncomplicated overall.

I'd love to colour some of these splashes/covers of yours btw...
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SteveLeCouilliard Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Yeah, I see what you mean. I do want to feature Marion on the cover, but Much really is the main character. Maybe I'll try a wraparound cover with the characters running along in profile against an empty color.

I'd love to see you color one of my pages. Let me know what you'd like to do and I'll post a hi-res version.
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SeanE Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
just have Marion giving Mutch a big ol' smooch and Mutch is reacting (as usual) by popping a valve...? RH and the gang can be looking on in the background with various expressions... A cover only has to be loosely related the story events overall. What you want is to catch people's eye with it.
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Makinita Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
i like it
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SteveLeCouilliard Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
Thank you.
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