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#1 Posted by zebracloak (32 posts) - - Show Bio

Hello Everybody,

This is a fake cover I made over spring break. It's the most experimental I've been while coloring and shading my OC, The Drone. This is not a cover for a real graphic novel - yet. I do plan on writing a graphic novel with this character, but as of now my life is to busy for me to dedicate the appropriate time and energy to not only write something, but also to improve my skills to a level that would be adequate for a graphic novel.

Either way, I'll keep drawing when I have the time.

I wanted to incorporate police lights somehow in the background, but for the life of me couldn't make anything work. I might revisit this down the road and give it a proper background.

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Leave me a comment and tell me what you think!

Thanks,

Zack

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#2 Posted by Anbu_B_Team (748 posts) - - Show Bio

I might suggest grounding the character in some way. I like the illustration and color, but the character seems to be floating in space even though the stance shows him grounded.

As far as typography goes, in the title, I would add some space around it. Everything looks pushed out to the sides and slammed at the top. Drop it down a bit and reduce slightly to let it breath in the space. Just my take...

Nice Job!

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#3 Posted by BumpyBoo (14791 posts) - - Show Bio

Very nice work! :D

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#4 Edited by zebracloak (32 posts) - - Show Bio

@anbu_b_team:

Hey, thank you for the advice! I agree that the character does look like he's floating, I just couldn't figure a suitable background out. I had planned on putting cop cars behind him, hence the coloring, but I'm not sure. I appreciate the advice on the title placement. I played with it quite awhile but I guess it needs work!

@bumpyboo Thanks, mate!

I seriously appreciate the feedback, folks. I don't get a lot of it.

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#5 Posted by Anbu_B_Team (748 posts) - - Show Bio

@zebracloak: I hope you don't mind, but I really quickly played with your design...Just added a shadow and lightened the background slightly.

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#6 Edited by BumpyBoo (14791 posts) - - Show Bio

@bumpyboo Thanks, mate!

I seriously appreciate the feedback, folks. I don't get a lot of it.

No problem and hey, feel free to tag me when you post more art, I love checking out new stuff and would be happy to give some input :)

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#7 Posted by zebracloak (32 posts) - - Show Bio

@anbu_b_team: Hey man, thanks for that re-edit. I see what you mean. I'll work on something like that when I have the time. I would probably do two shadows though, since I did my best to draw him with two light sources to either side of him. Thanks again!

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#8 Posted by TimeLordScience (1940 posts) - - Show Bio

Hey Zack, stuff's looking good. I'm not an artist myself but I can see what @anbu_b_team is talking about. I think you're definitely on the right track though :D

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#9 Posted by Anbu_B_Team (748 posts) - - Show Bio

@zebracloak: The two shadows idea sounds really cool. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

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#10 Edited by zebracloak (32 posts) - - Show Bio

@anbu_b_team

I have been working a little bit on it. I'm not sure if the two shadows are working or not. I still have to fine-tune it. I shrunk the title down too, though I'm not sure if I did enough or too much.

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#11 Posted by Anbu_B_Team (748 posts) - - Show Bio

@zebracloak: It looks like your Blue - Red gradient has become more Vertical. The two shadows was a cool idea if the gradient remains more horizontal. Two light sources creating two shadows.

I might try dropping the opacity of the shadows so you can see them overlap through one another. What program are you editing this in.

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#12 Edited by zebracloak (32 posts) - - Show Bio

@anbu_b_team I draw and edit on pixlr.com. It pretty much sucks but I will get Adobe CC next fall for school.

I played around with it more:

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