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Twisted Mirrors Volume 2 Cover by dragonsong12 Twisted Mirrors Volume 2 Cover by dragonsong12
I've been struggling with this cover for months now...mostly in brainstorming, I couldn't come up with an idea that matched what I wanted.

See, I still love the cover of Volume 1 (don't bother looking in my gallery, I never posted it). Sure, it's not technically that well done, but I love the image, it's simple, it's striking, and it conveys a lot. So a large part of the problem in designing this image was in trying to top that image. There's a lot that happens in volume 2, and I wanted to represent that, but whenever I considered making a more typical comic cover with lots of characters and action and maybe some big heads floating in the background, I thought back to volume 1's cover and realized what I really needed was something like that, something more simple...but I couldn't exactly just repeat it, could I?
Add that to the fact that I wanted to make sure that I included Jaith and Tai - since Volume 2 makes them into main characters rather than the side characters they started out as - and you can see my problem.

So this...was the best I could do.
I'm not entirely pleased with it, I don't think it's nearly as strong as the cover to volume 1, but I can't think of anything better, so this is what we're going with.

If the colors look a little wonky, that's because it's a CMYK file, made for print, and doesn't convert well into RGB for online posting. I might mess with the colors a bit before it goes to print anyway - since that won't be for a while - likely to make the carvings pop a little better, but I wanted to get this posted today to coincide with the chapter cover being posted, so I rushed it a bit.

Volume 2! Coming...whenever I get the time. :D
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Ra-ooo Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Late comment, but I just really wanted to say something on this picture!
Mostly, I just really love seeing these three together, or in color, and especially both at the same time! I think it's a good concept, though it is visually heavy at the bottom compared to the top. Maybe if Tai-ra were a bit bigger and took up a little more of that blank space, or if more of Jaith was showing it could even out. Jaith, Tren and the wall look really good, but Tai and the background colors seem very removed from everything in comparison.
The wall looks really good, love the carvings :D and the interaction between Jaith and Tren. Poor Tren, he always looks so unsure..
I don't know, since you're saying you do have some time to rework it maybe this can help, but I think it is good as it stands. Just, there's always room for improvement I guess, haha
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, part of the reason I left the top as blank as I did was for the title, so some of that space will be taken up in the final version. Though I do agree that Tai's could use some work...I actually redrew her several times because I had a hard time fitting her into this for some reason.
This cover has fought me every step of the way, so I'm actually kind of pleased it came out as good as it did. Mostly I just like the carvings, so I'm glad people are liking them as well. :D Thanks!
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Ra-ooo Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aaah, well if there's gonna be a title there then that makes sense :P
I know how it is drawing a picture that just doesn't want to be drawn. My latest upload did just that haha
Hm, I don't know if you would want to redraw any parts of this, but yeah I think it's just fine!
And yes, the carvings :D I really love that. And if you're gonna do any more work on them, ah that'll be awesome to see!
ha You're welcome :D
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Light-Tracer Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
Oh, nice! I like how you hid scenes from the chapter in the carvings; that's cool! (besides, I'm just a sucker for old, slightly damaged architecture anyway) Very nice.
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Me too, my friend, me too. :D

But it was really the only way I could think of to keep it "simple" and still show some of the other details from throughout the story. That much, I'm actually still pretty pleased with. :D
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Riverfox237 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yaaay, I like this cover! Assuming that is still Nareth in there and they know who he is now, it shows they are friendly towards him still, which is encouraging. I like that they will be main characters now. ^^ THanks for posting this on DA, I can't comment on DrunkDuck. I love their expressions, esp. Tren/Nareth's.
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I'm glad you like it! I still have some issues with it myself, but I think it'll work, and there definitely some bits about it I really like. :D
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Riverfox237 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
^^d Can't wait to see the next page of the chapter! Keep up the good work!
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dragonsong12 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
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Riverfox237 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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