Need Book Cover Illustrator, Opinions, Etc.

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    Jul 30, 2013 7:53 PM GMT
    Okay, I'm no big artist, but this is my concept for the cover of my new novel. It's about a troubled man who goes on a road trip to seek out the families from the TV sitcoms "Good Times" and "All in the Family."

    I want it to appear as if he is on historic Highway 30 (which runs through Wyoming, etc.) and his destinations (the Evans' tenement building in Chicago and the Archie Bunker house in Queens, NY) are mirages on the road, sort of. I added the white glow in front of him, which kind of helps. My main concern is making the scene and character look more realistic.

    If you have ideas, or are an artist and have samples or your work that might be in line with what I'm looking for, please email me. Include your compensation fee, etc. Thanks!

    goodtimescovertest.jpg
  • Apparition

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    Jul 30, 2013 8:10 PM GMT
    why dont you use a REAL guy? photoshop him in. In fact i would keep the houses and photoshop the rest completely.
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    Jul 30, 2013 8:13 PM GMT
    Apparition saidwhy dont you use a REAL guy? photoshop him in. In fact i would keep the houses and photoshop the rest completely.


    You think the buildings look okay then? It's going to be hard to find a guy facing away and walking with a green duffel bag and a beagle. Maybe an RJ member who lives near a desolate highway can be him. icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 30, 2013 8:14 PM GMT
    Wouldn't he know that half of those families are dead? If he's delusional, why not make it a period piece where a blue collar worker laid off by the recession of the '70s sets off in search of those families? Times weren't that much simpler then that people didn't seek refuge in fantasy. If you're going to make it contemporary, why not make it more semi-autographical than intended? You know, fledgling author sets off to do one thing and winds up discovering himself.
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    Jul 30, 2013 8:41 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidWouldn't he know that half of those families are dead? If he's delusional, why not make it a period piece where a blue collar worker laid off by the recession of the '70s sets off in search of those families? Times weren't that much simpler then that people didn't seek refuge in fantasy. If you're going to make it contemporary, why not make it more semi-autographical than intended? You know, fledgling author sets off to do one thing and winds up discovering himself.


    Haha, the book is written. And as stated, he is a "troubled" man. This is about the cover design.
  • HottJoe

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    Jul 30, 2013 8:55 PM GMT
    I'd use your current profile pic, over the one on the cover, or even just another pic altogether. And I'd definitely avoid having a cover that looks computer animated. Maybe try for a realistic black and white landscape, and use a little color in the focal points and your title. Good luck.
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    Jul 31, 2013 12:39 AM GMT
    I guess self-publishing's more lucrative - I'm guessing that's the route you're going because I think publishing houses provide cover artists as needed.
  • great_scott

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    Jul 31, 2013 1:14 AM GMT
    An illustrator that's good with realistic renderings will also want an arm and a leg to do it, so your best bet probably is to combine real photos to create the type of scene you want. Maybe you have a buddy that's willing to take a shot like this with a dog? Doesn't have to be perfect because they'll just be extracted anyway. The main font looks kinda like Mistral, which is graphic design suicide. You'll probably wanna switch that up to something less outdated. http://www.dafont.com is great and FREEEEE!
  • Timbales

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    Jul 31, 2013 2:15 AM GMT
    I've done book covers for a fantasy series. You can check out my deviant art if you like.

    http://timberoo.deviantart.com/gallery/36470555

    this is a link to the series, author is Brian Dockins on amazon

    [url]http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=brian%20dockins&sprefix=brian+doc%2Caps&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Abrian%20dockins[/url]
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    Jul 31, 2013 5:54 PM GMT
    Thanks Tim, but those are Poser figures as well. I'm trying to go a little more realistic, or turn the whole image into a painting or line drawing.

  • HottJoe

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    Jul 31, 2013 7:26 PM GMT
    I think wrestlervic still has me on ignore. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jul 31, 2013 10:31 PM GMT
    I'm an amateur illustrator and I think the cover is beautiful.
    My only criticism is that, at first glance, I thought it was a book for younger readers but I see you've already addressed that.
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    Aug 01, 2013 12:07 AM GMT
    JohnSpotter saidI'm an amateur illustrator and I think the cover is beautiful.
    My only criticism is that, at first glance, I thought it was a book for younger readers but I see you've already addressed that.


    Yeah, that's what I want to avoid. It's not about a boy and his dog. It's about a 43-year-old man on a road trip. I have to bring realism to it.
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    Aug 01, 2013 4:03 AM GMT
    If you are willing to listen, I have a lot to say.

    First of all, it is a huge mistake to put such a light font in front of a light background.

    If you want the buildings to appear as mirages, then you need to ass a transparency effect. I thought they were just normal buildings.

    While there isn't much "wrong" with your picture, there isn't much "right" with it either.

    If you need any help you can pm me, but I think those are your main issues.
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    Aug 01, 2013 4:49 AM GMT
    WaytoDawn saidIf you are willing to listen, I have a lot to say.

    First of all, it is a huge mistake to put such a light font in front of a light background.

    If you want the buildings to appear as mirages, then you need to ass a transparency effect. I thought they were just normal buildings.

    While there isn't much "wrong" with your picture, there isn't much "right" with it either.

    If you need any help you can pm me, but I think those are your main issues.


    Provide a link to your professional work.