Saturday, September 24, 2011

Still here


I seem to have missed a week or two of posting. No excuses except that I have been mightily distracted by the Rat Race. Anyway, I have been plugging away at trying to come up with the cover for my next ebook. The image above is the current candidate. I'm not too jazzed by it because the background is brown, a no-no in graphic design, and because it looks so mundane. I'd much prefer a SFnal image that evokes the future, the Singularity, AIs or almost anything else. But I'm at the end of my rope. I've spent weeks browsing wedding images online and in bridal magazines, and this is the best I have come up with, given my limited illustration skills.

So, how about some feedback. Anyone like this cover?

Also, is there anyone out there who's read "The Wedding Album" and has a better idea? I'm all ears.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's a nice cover, David. Do ebook covers serve the same purpose as (real books? meatbooks? what the heck do I call them?) printed book covers? Does it need to stand out in a crowd? Peak your interest?
One thing to consider is that the color will most likely look different to everyone, since monitors are going to display differently. I don't know if that helps or hurts the brown. It looks good on my monitor. Sorry if I've added to your concerns. :(
Where did you look for source material? Stock photos? Internet in general? (I saw you said bridal magazines as a source.) Did you have a general idea of what you wanted the cover to look like and you just couldn't find the source material? Or was it more an "I'll know it when I see it" type of thing?
The thing that struck me when I first read "The Wedding Album" was a tinge of horror at seeing things from the sim's POV. Were they people or not? Would that be something you'd want to hint at in the cover?
I'm no marketing expert but, as a fellow graphic artist, maybe throwing out some ideas and questions will get you to a cover you're jazzed by.

Renelle

Anonymous said...

Thought of a couple more questions...
How many sizes is it going to be viewed at? How small will it be on, say, an iPhone?

Renelle

Anonymous said...

the rings idea is fantastic. just re shoot them on a bed of bridal flowers or something? or re render? i can't tell.

Anonymous said...

On my computer the colors have a purplish and pink tinge. Can those be enhanced? I like the rings, and the word "deletion" sparks my interest. Can the rings be faded out or stretched, somehow to appear like a rushing wind has them or is swooshing them. Anyway, keep playing until you are satisfied. You'll know.

Fairbanks Realtor said...

It's an interesting graphic but from a distance one would never know it's about technology. Unless you get up close and read the inscriptions. The idea really intrigues me though!!

Rick McQuay said...

Sorry but I don't like the cover. It looks like a 2nd rate romance novel that you find in the discount section. The inscriptions are clever but most will miss it.

Anonymous said...

coming to this discussion probably too late but afraid i'm not the hugest fan either of the rings image.
i think it's partly the font of the title - it needs to work harder against the image.
i'm sure you've already considered this - but what about the bride + groom little statues you get on wedding cakes? when i read the short story, it was the sense of being trapped for eternity for public to look at you that first leapt off the page at me. anyway - please disregard if no help!