gower21 wrote:Finding good art to use on a Native American themed fiction book is actually really, really hard. Do any of these have the mood you're going for? I just picked the ones that had that mystical/sad that make me think of the story you're making a cover for. Going from a year-old memory of the story though.
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and because your MC is female, correct?
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Rebecca Birch wrote:Okay, one more try on this thing. Still not exactly dynamic, I know, but is this at least slightly less non-fiction looking?
Ishmael wrote:Coincidence. When I was thinking about e-publishing my novel I came up with a photograph that I had taken myself, featuring a crow on a shattered tree stump. However I never did publish it, so no fear of duplication (with me at least!)
I ask myself what your crow is doing on the sea shore? (Granted it could be a raven - the turned neck could be obscuring the raven's characteristic ruff.) Corvidae are not noted for getting along with gulls, though the field next to mine featured a flock of rooks and another of herring gulls recently. A gull in a field is one thing, a crow by the sea is a much rarer event, at least in my experience.
On the other hand it does not look like non-fiction!
soulmirror wrote:Hi, Rebecca! Personally I like this one ... the bird silhouette against the sky is very powerful.
My concern is that I don't think/feel that the mountains in the distance work as silhouettes: they really just appear FLAT and nonrealistic (it's almost like combining the photo-real seascape with a cartoon style? They just don't work together imo) ... We're instinctively used to seeing a foreground (the bird) backlit ... but I wonder when you'd see a near object and a distant mountain silhouetted while the middle area is lit (though I'm sure it could be found, it doesn't "seem" like a united image, it seems like parts that don't quite blend stylistically.)
So I'd be tempted to lay in some differently lit mountains, even if darkly enshadowed, they need some surface texture beyond flat black imo.
Even the bird would benefit greatly imo, by adding some sort of rim-lighting (see how even a little rim light really enhances it around its legs) or fill in the flat interiour blackness with a few feathers or feathers around a piercing eye staring out at the viewer etc.
[ ETA: I just grabbed a quick Raven image to suggest how a little feather/texture or eye might be blended in to fill out the black silohuette? You can find better raven stuff no doubt. A glowing red coal of an eye or etc?
http://bite-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Raven.jpg .. just a thought]
Think Poe's THE RAVEN illustrations maybe? Give the bird some pow!
But mostly (for me) it's the mountains are too flat, they look like flat cartoon mountains where they could be powerful, rim-lighted craggy powerfully surfaced masses rather than flat black silohuette etc.
I think this could really REALLY be easily finessed into a POWERFUL cover image! Looking forward to seeing what others' insights and ideas can suggest.
Strycher wrote:Rebecca Birch wrote:Okay, one more try on this thing. Still not exactly dynamic, I know, but is this at least slightly less non-fiction looking?
What genre is this story? I don't think I've read this one . . .
I like the image, I think it'll look good at a small size.
I worry about the topography. To me, it still doesn't look spec fic. What font is that? I'm by no means a topography expert, but the general consensus seems to be to use a different font for the title than for your byline. The right-justification of the title looks a bit unprofessional to me.
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