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#1 anticipa

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 06:14 PM

Having trouble sleeping last night ----> me finding ways to distract myself ----> this. Dunno.

Thoughts? It was really just for fun, but HEY WE CAN MAKE IT INTO A LEARNING EXPERIENCE
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I combined like 4 different free stock photos for the silhouette. The rest was drawn by me on my dad's Photoshop CS2 - lucky to have that.

jeez i miss drawing things. :blush: no time to do it anymore...

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 06:28 PM

I think it's a good start, but a lot of the detail gets lost because there's not a whole lot of contrast between things. Without clicking on the larger image, it looks like it's a silhouette of a guy having sex with someone he's holding up. lol. Sorry. : )

Also, you may want to check out bigstock.com or 123rf.com for stock. Decent quality pics are only $4/photo. : )

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 07:03 PM

Without clicking on the larger image, it looks like it's a silhouette of a guy having sex with someone he's holding up. lol. Sorry. : )


AHahahah! I gotta admit, I er, can't see it. :blush: Quelle awkward!

Also, you may want to check out bigstock.com or 123rf.com for stock. Decent quality pics are only $4/photo. : )


Bless your wisdom, Cali. :wub: The free site's pictures were like 200x300 pixels, so I had to magnify them and smooth out the edges manually, and I was like... seriously? Really? :humph:

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 07:27 PM

OH MY GOD! I had exactly the same thought as CT. I saw something obscene at the thumbnail level
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Posted 22 January 2012 - 07:28 PM

Yeah, good free stock is hard to come by, but the pay stuff isn't bad, and for ebooks you don't need the super duper licesnced photos. With that said, deviantart.com, in their resources and stocks category, also have a good amount of free stock. Just be sure to check each artist's rules of use. : )

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 07:29 PM

I remember your query letter for this book and it has an exciting story line. An artist should be able to come up with a cover that conveys the action and draw in potential readers/buyers.
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Posted 22 January 2012 - 07:30 PM

OH MY GOD! I had exactly the same thought as CT. I saw something obscene at the thumbnail level


Glad I wasn't the only one, Lit! I was starting to think my mind lived in the gutter! lol.

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 08:58 PM

Yeah, a little too dark at the thumbnail level especially. Using some lighter colors for contrast (particularly in the background and text) should help.
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 01:06 PM

I didn't notice the potentially x-rated interpretation of the silhouette until cali pointed it out haha. but i agree with the others that it's just too dark overall, and the detail gets lost.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 02:03 PM

Maybe something like this? Obviously, it's crudely done with low quality, watermarked images they give you free, and not cleaned up well, but it gives you an idea.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 03:42 PM

I still see naked man-- so maybe it is me :p
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 04:35 PM

I still see naked man-- so maybe it is me :p


I do too.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 04:42 PM

Yep! He's naked. lol. But does he still look like he's having sex?

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 05:20 PM

Yep! He's naked. lol. But does he still look like he's having sex?

No, but in thumbnail, there is something odd between his legs and it's not the thing you expect. :wink:
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 05:41 PM

No, but in thumbnail, there is something odd between his legs and it's not the thing you expect. :wink:



Ha!! Love it! A hunky DRESSED male could probably be superimposed over the naked body so you still get the arms and legs. That might solve the naked problem. ; )

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 06:46 PM

Maybe something like this? You could probably throw jeans on his other legs if you wanted. lol.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 06:48 PM

Cali, you DO know this is YA, right? :tongue:
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 07:08 PM

Rc, do you know how hard it is to find stock of a decent looking guy in a t-shirt looking straight on, that doesn't look an accountant? lol.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 09:39 PM

Riley, you know I think the world of your writing skills. But IMHO your current cover doesn't do your book justice. I can't put finger on what's not working, so I'll defer to others who have an eye for that. You obviously have designs skills, so keep at it.

I liked your idea about doing a cover for fun, so I drafted one for Battery Brothers. In PowerPoint lol. Yeah, I have no design skills. It was fun to do, but I'd almost certainly pay to have it professionally designed if I ever decide to self-pub. Maybe I'll post it later so you all can get a good laugh. :biggrin:

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 09:44 PM

Rc, do you know how hard it is to find stock of a decent looking guy in a t-shirt looking straight on, that doesn't look an accountant? lol.


HAhaha! Screw it, I'll just rewrite the novel, it can be an ACCOUNTANT THRILLER. Why do these not exist?

Super fun concept eeeeee - maybe I'll just stalk my guy friends' photos and steal one of them, haha. :laugh: Lovelovelove the idea of it being superimposed over the Da Vinci man, though the nakedness does admittedly make it awkward. :blush:

Steve, I want to see your cover!!!! There were some pretty cool stock photos of baseball-playing silhouettes. I bet you could do something snazzy with them...

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