Feb 17 2009

I’d appreciate your design input… yet again

Published by at 9:33 am under Art,Book Covers,Comic Book Art

When we last left off, we were working on a cover for the first issue of Superhero Nation.

There are still a few changes in store.

  • The art needs to be cleaned up, particularly along the edges.  (The top of both characters, the bottom of Agent Black’s pants, the bottom-right of Agent Orange’s suitcase, etc.)
  • A rocket launcher will be propped against the water cooler.
  • Right now, it looks like the background may distract too much from the characters.  I will probably move the water cooler farther away and to the left, and move Agent Orange towards the center.
  • The logo is getting better but still needs a bit of cleanup.

What do you think?

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “I’d appreciate your design input… yet again”

  1. Holliequon 17 Feb 2009 at 11:27 am

    I pretty much agree with you on all those points. I can’t think of anything else to add.

  2. B. Macon 17 Feb 2009 at 12:00 pm

    What do you think about making the logo black and white? It’d have the same white-to-silver gradient on the letters.

  3. Holliequon 17 Feb 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Hmm. Personally, I quite like it, but I think the silver gradient needs to be a bit more obvious.

    I think the new colour scheme fits Agent Black the accountant much better . . . since he is the main character. You’d have to run it past some other people though. I have a natural liking for dark things. >.<

  4. t3knomanseron 17 Feb 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Not only is the water cooler distracting, it makes the perspective seem off. Speaking of weird perspective, the size and shape of the briefcase looks nothing like any briefcase I’ve ever seen. Unless it’s a very trendy lunchbox for the professional on the go, it doesn’t look right.

    While we’re on the subject of the briefcase, I have never seen a briefcase with a logo on the narrow side. While I understand the purpose of putting it there, it seems that you’d be much better served by framing the shot differently or displaying the logo someplace else (like on the back wall, instead of the water cooler).

    The briefcase and the clipboard are roughly the same height, roughly the same shape, yet are both pointing to vastly different vanishing points.

    The blue-to-red gradient looks awful, and the black outline looks like it’s trying out a new font for LOLCats. Also, the fact that the stroke on the letters fills in the hollows completely looks bad. Try a larger size, thinner stroke or a font with larger hollows.

    Finally, I don’t like the concept. When most people think superheroes, they don’t think giant lizards, so the gimmick to the drawing and the title don’t seem to jibe. And the drawing is really boring. I mean, clipboards and briefcases aren’t the most exciting things. It establishes an office setting with a twist, but that doesn’t tell me why I’d want to read it.

    The cover to The Atrocity Archives is a compositional disaster, but at least it establishes some excitement as well as the office-comedy nature of the book.

    Basically, there’s nothing here that promises me any entertainment.

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