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by soulmirror
Mon Jul 09, 2012 4:27 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 131865

Re: Cover Workshop

I think you captured my idea about the reflection pretty much 100%, Martin! I wonder what the rest of you think of that? Like, don't? But to me it works! wotf008 Jess may have a point about the brightness of the "red"? But again, others can weigh in there! Ten or so creative genre but obje...
by soulmirror
Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:03 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 131865

Re: Cover Workshop

I definitely am luving the fat B&W font much more than the skinny green version, myself. To me the colour just looks slapped on. But I like B&W as an artistic aesthetic in and of itself. A happy compromise is sometimes to just give the overall image a colour satuation (turning the B&W in...
by soulmirror
Sat Jul 07, 2012 11:27 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 131865

Re: Cover Workshop

Personally I luv the cover art utterly, very spooky intense stare, amazing greys! A real attention-grabber for a cover! I wonder if the font in the title just isn't a little thin and lacking weight? Could be more unique and artsy? I like the idea of banners behind the titles, helps the titles stand ...
by soulmirror
Wed Jun 27, 2012 3:34 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1064971

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

A rejection is a rejection, whether porcupine harsh or kitteny stroft: I wouldn't let any rejection separate us from our bliss. Personally, I still think WOTF is a big first "splash" considering the folks it puts you person-to-person with etc ...
by soulmirror
Tue Jun 26, 2012 3:15 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 598
Views: 250907

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

VERY powerful noir cover art indeed! Congrats!
by soulmirror
Sun Jun 24, 2012 4:15 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 131865

Re: Cover Workshop

I agree the first one instantly made me think "Hitchhiker's Guide" ... the second one is nice! There is something about the "brown" colour that doesn't quite say "highway asphalt" to me though in both. The title "Wrong Turns" made me wonder if you'd thought ab...
by soulmirror
Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:44 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Cannot use images in signatures?
Replies: 21
Views: 12837

Re: Cannot use images in signatures?

Yayyy! wotf007
The sig pictures are now freed!
'A picture is worth a thousand words (except, try saying that with a picture) ...'
Thanks, Brad!!!

Word and Image ... those crazy luvstruck lovesquids back together in the tawdry love shack where they belong!
by soulmirror
Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:27 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4082
Views: 897883

Re: Success!

Sucess congrats to you all! Isto wrote: I was finally able to fit a summary of my 135,000 word novel on a 3x5 index card! They say when you go in to "pitch" a movie idea, you've got to get it all into a one or two sentence logline ? INT. FATCAT PRODUCER'S OFFICE - DAY FATCAT PRODUCER So. S...
by soulmirror
Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:42 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1064971

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

Thanks! Big best luck to you for the all-the-way WIN!

And, Hey ... there's still plenty time for the rest of us to get there to shake yer hand there in person! Lets all keep writin' and racin' to the next one, folks !!! wotf007
by soulmirror
Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:35 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29
Replies: 4985
Views: 1064971

Re: Jibber Jabber - Q1 - 29

LOTS of familiar forum friends and names on this one! HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to you ALL -- and best wishes for success to you all going forward!!! wotf010

(I emerge from my 101.2 fever delirium to write that, and now shall lapse back into delirium/future story ideas!!!)
by soulmirror
Tue Jun 12, 2012 3:14 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 131865

Re: Cover Workshop

It's neat seeing her try different things and have one tiny change make a *huge* difference. No question about that! wotf008 It's staggering how many times someone can tweak and save multiple versions ... and then one or two can suddenly become exactly right! My drive is full of slightly different ...
by soulmirror
Tue Jun 12, 2012 3:49 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 131865

Re: Cover Workshop

I like them both alot, but I'll admit vibe-wise that the colour scheme on the left one (The Digital Sea) strikes me as cold, whereas the yellow/gold of the right side image is striking and vibrant. But both are very sharp, pro-looking covers! Cool artwork and design! I can sort of see Martin's point...
by soulmirror
Sun Jun 10, 2012 3:33 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Cannot use images in signatures?
Replies: 21
Views: 12837

Re: Cannot use images in signatures?

Well, you go to edit your signature and this is what it says: [img] is OFF [flash] is OFF [url] is ON Smilies are ON So I'm wondering if it cannot be solved (and signature images allowed again) simply with the flick of a switch ... by someone who has access to the switch? wotf011 Seriously, visiting...
by soulmirror
Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:21 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Are anime style drawings acceptable?
Replies: 4
Views: 4668

Re: Are anime style drawings acceptable?

I can recall a few recent illustrations that I'd call very 'manga' influenced, without being full-out (I'm not very informed on the nuances) ... I'd say they were manga-influenced but not as "cartoony" as most I've usually seen? I'd echo Martin: show range and depth. Manga per se is rather...
by soulmirror
Wed May 09, 2012 2:14 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 131865

Re: Cover Workshop

Good points indeed, MJNL ...

PS And I luv'd the mist on the other version, I'll admit. Shows us how just a little addition can add alot, visually ...
by soulmirror
Thu May 03, 2012 1:39 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Cover Workshop
Replies: 437
Views: 131865

Re: Cover Workshop

Annie, those Gryphonpike Chronicles covers are simply incredibly cool art ! I don't know how any cover could be any more professional-looking, big league image! wotf007 Kary, I'm luvin' your cover too! I might however float a very personal-taste balloon here, more as a general comment than as anythi...
by soulmirror
Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:29 pm
Forum: Problems and Troubleshooting
Topic: Cannot use images in signatures?
Replies: 21
Views: 12837

Re: Cannot use images in signatures?

I cannot safely go in and remove that stupid "x in a box" (if one will allow that reference to the Justin Timberlake skit on SNL) because if I go in to remove IT ... as it stands (or as my understanding stands) the refreshed signature will remove ALL images and image code. I'm just sayin' ...
by soulmirror
Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:19 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 598
Views: 250907

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

It's a stunning cover, Bard, imo. Luv the towers, sets the imagination asoaring!
by soulmirror
Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:00 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 598
Views: 250907

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

True that! That map is as beautiful as any illustration, and about 100x cooler than most maps I've seen in books! It's stand-alone stunning!
by soulmirror
Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:51 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: ILLUSTRATORS' Q & A
Replies: 93
Views: 41711

Re: ILLUSTRATORS' Q & A

Great and helpful insights there for everyone, Pat! I luv your whole website. This part is especially cool, where you take us step-by-step to see how you developed your anthology illustration! (And imo your #28 illustration there is wonderful!) http://patsteiner.com/2012/04/18/my-illustration-proces...
by soulmirror
Mon Apr 23, 2012 11:37 am
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2720
Views: 525085

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Thanks for the warm welcome, folks :) I shall steer well clear of any geographical discussions, as that's always my academic downfall. I'm perfectly happy to be smug about living in the future, however. Since it's a forum of sci-fi and fantasy writers & illustrators, though, and the whole islan...
by soulmirror
Sat Apr 21, 2012 2:28 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: ILLUSTRATORS' Q & A
Replies: 93
Views: 41711

Re: ILLUSTRATORS' Q & A

And I know I've mentioned it before, but I always thought it might be another advantage and angle to play (and why shouldn't forum folks hear whatever advantage or angle there may (or may not, it's just imo) be? I figured if telling a story is a plus ... then maybe coming up with a TITLE that puts a...
by soulmirror
Fri Apr 20, 2012 12:37 am
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: ILLUSTRATORS' Q & A
Replies: 93
Views: 41711

Re: ILLUSTRATORS' Q & A

All one medium and style ... or showing a variety? I can only offer an opinion. Focus on whatever ONE you think you do best, NOT because "variety for variety's sake" is wrong but because I can see how it COULD go wrong. I did mix colour and B&W ... but to be honest it was only because ...
by soulmirror
Thu Apr 19, 2012 3:06 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: ILLUSTRATORS' Q & A
Replies: 93
Views: 41711

Re: ILLUSTRATORS' Q & A

I'd suggest they use the term "illustration" very broadly ... not to mean that you have to draw or paint anything ... but that it is any visual imagination of the story prose. Back in the '70's it wasn't all that unusual to see a SCULPTURE "illustrating" a sci-fi or fantasy book ...
by soulmirror
Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:11 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: ILLUSTRATORS' Q & A
Replies: 93
Views: 41711

Re: ILLUSTRATORS' Q & A

I had never submitted electronically ... so I'll let others address file types. But I'd suppose it's not an issue of being 'disqualified' if you submit a file type within their rules, but whether their submission device can transmit it? As for past winners, I know there have been artists in the past...
by soulmirror
Sat Apr 14, 2012 2:56 pm
Forum: Art & Illustration
Topic: Videos&Art to inspire SF / FANTASY ideas? Post YOURS ?!
Replies: 182
Views: 131604

Re: Videos&Art to inspire SF / FANTASY ideas? Post YOURS ?!

http://www.audrey-kawasaki.com/share/lj/flyaway2.gif


There are stories in you
dying to get out ...


trying
flying
dying

to get out
by soulmirror
Wed Apr 11, 2012 12:29 pm
Forum: The Contest - Quarterly Topics, and Other Items
Topic: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!
Replies: 2720
Views: 525085

Re: NEW USERS! INTRODUCE YOURSELVES!

Welcome to you both, Sarah and Helen !!! wotf008 It's a forum full of wonderments ... but it all starts with the people who come and share their (your) creativity and enthusiasms and energy, curiousity and insights with us all!
by soulmirror
Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:05 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!
Replies: 598
Views: 250907

Re: Tout your Kindle and E-Publishing!

Those are two absolutely amazing covers, Meghan !!! wotf003

The second one imo is especially beautiful and mysterious! luv 'em !!!
by soulmirror
Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:02 pm
Forum: Publishing: The Business Of
Topic: Success!
Replies: 4082
Views: 897883

Re: Success!

Congratulaions, Brad!

Some writers take whole careers to start getting to where they're earning those big Prize nominations, and here YOU'RE doing it since winning this little contest of ours, like ... just a couple of years ago ?!?

Quality shines!

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