Saturday, July 27, 2013

They Say Three is a Magic Number

I've posted my first and second attempts at a cover for The Long and Winding Road; now here's my third (drawing heavily from the second, of course).

I changed the background to another photo by the same artist, but I had to add my own fog with different gradient styles, so I'm a bit unsure about that. It's much easier to see the title with this, although most attempts to place my name interfere with the most winding part of the road. I'd kind of like to figure out a way to put my name in two lines on, say, the bottom right side, but I don't know what I would use to balance it out. Currently, my best idea is wedging it between the arms over the straight section of the road.

I tried to go ahead and tone down the flesh colours a bit, but it really didn't look good. This photo does have more colour to it, though, so hopefully the contrast is less overwhelming. If not, I may just have to redo all of the colouring on the arms, which would not be particularly fun.

I fixed Charlotte's index fingernail and smoothed out some of the outline bumps. I think I might need to blur the texture on Arthur's (the front) hand a bit, since it stands out a lot more than that on Charlotte's.

I'm also considering changing the title again. I unfortunately fell in love with As We Wind on Down the Road, but since those are lyrics from a song instead of the title, I would have to deal with copyright, and I don't foresee much success in that endeavour. It's a shame, since I think Arthur could easily be a big Led Zeppelin fan. I may go with the earlier-suggested Along the Winding Road, although I'm not sure how I should divide that into lines for the cover. It all depends on whether any songs actually play a role in the story.

Feedback is always appreciated.


  1. This one is even better than the last one! I like how you changed the background image to a more open space; it seems to fit better with the Texas landscape (or at least what comes to my mind when I think of Texas; you'd know better than I would.) And the road is more windy, though it's sort of hard to see that part due to the fog. Speaking of which, I'm amazed you made the fog yourself, since it looks completely natural. The words also stand out better.

    I think their hands are fine. Maybe, for your name, you could move the hands up a bit so that you could put it right along the bottom?

    Hmm, I'm not sure about the title. They all seem really good to me, but idk what you'd do about copyright and all.

    1. I definitely agree with the landscape, and I'm glad the fog turned out okay. A least some of the "windy" is visible before the fog settles in too much.

      Moving the hands could work. I'll have to see how it looks.

      Thankfully I have some time to go before I really need to settle on a title.