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Thread: Cover Art and Computer Graphics
November 15th, 2005, 09:14 AM #181
By popular request... another picture!
November 16th, 2005, 12:31 AM #182
The very original title of this one is... Blue Armor...
November 16th, 2005, 12:35 AM #183
You should have done pictures for inside your books. Or do a comic.
November 16th, 2005, 01:01 AM #184
Which kind of goes back, though, to one of the original questions for this thread (before I started filling it with pictures). Which was how much people feel about pictures (specifically covers in the original question) depicting things in the books. The more you illustrate (in a novel, of course, not a comic), then the more you are "imposing" in a way a particular image of the characters, settings, etc upon the reader. I find that some of the most vivid imagery that readers walk away with in my books are scenes where I have intentionally not described everything within a gnat's eyelash but left enough white space for their own imaginations to fill in the blanks. So from that perspective, as much as I would get a kick out of illustrating the books, I think I would rather have the words stand on their own.
A comic is another whole cup of tea, of course; as is a graphic novel. I would probably prefer to do the latter, but then again I really don't know a thing about that market.
November 16th, 2005, 10:22 PM #185
Well, you have fans who gobbled down an illustrated guide to Jordan's "Wheel of Time" by the cover artist and others. Then you have fans like Gary who feel that such art is keeping fantasy fiction from getting the proper respect it deserves and should be banned from the covers. And you have other people who adore manga works, where the art is the main thing, as in comics.
I love the art, always have. I certainly wouldn't mind a fantasy work having some inner illustrations, especially if the author did them. But that does kind of make things expensive. The printing costs for a 4-color spread can add a lot to a book's price, especially a paperback. Line illustrations are cheaper, and sometimes considered more "arty."
I think a lot of fans might be into it. The connection with comics certainly hasn't hurt Neil Gaiman. It just brings a whole other audience to the table.
November 16th, 2005, 10:46 PM #186Originally Posted by KatG
November 20th, 2005, 01:45 AM #187
More shadow practice... In particular, subtle things like how the shadows fall gradually on her right shoulder help increase the apparent depth of the scene.
November 28th, 2005, 10:21 PM #188
Time for another picture, now that the holidays are done...
This one is called "The Challenge"
November 29th, 2005, 10:50 PM #189
To match the earlier picture of the Priestess, which I sold at the Foolscap art show, here is one to pair with it, imaginatively called "Priestess 2".
November 30th, 2005, 12:05 AM #190
She's pretty with her lovely Laotian (Laosian?) eyes.
Pop on over to the Funzone and check out the link that I left in the Information Superhighway thread. It might interest you because it is a cgi cartoon strip... of course it is modern science fiction so it may not. Has a long download time and it is basically a fictional futuristic vid blog. Quite interesting for us sf lovers and an interesting use of cg images. Maybe you could borrow the concept for your fantasy cgi. Well the layout design anyway... who ever heard of vid blogs in historical fantasy...
Last edited by Rocket Sheep; November 30th, 2005 at 12:10 AM.
November 30th, 2005, 12:32 AM #191Originally Posted by Rocket Sheep
I checked out the vid blog. Now that is different. An "A" for originality. The human figure is definitely from the same balliwick as the stuff I'm using, but from an earlier generation of software that didn't reproduce the human form quite as well.
Who says I don't do SF? How about this? (Those darn juvenile delinquents...)
November 30th, 2005, 12:44 AM #192
Storm troopers and rusty industrial metals? Hmmm... stick to fantasy... altho the juvenile on a hoverboard is a bit Snow Crashish... so I like it. Got a robotic dog up your sleeve?
November 30th, 2005, 09:17 AM #193Originally Posted by Rocket Sheep
Here's those same robots and their Robo Horse...
November 30th, 2005, 02:26 PM #194
Right down to the reins... how illogical... can't they interface better than that? And how come the robotic mobility systems are so antiquated when the kid gets a hoverboard?
November 30th, 2005, 03:49 PM #195
Don't you know, the kids always get the coolest stuff?
(Actually, there are no reins, just handlebars, like a motorcycle...)
(But I did like the tailpipes shaped like an actual tail...)