I really like the design, but the (by orientation of the image) right side of the ship doesn't seem to be in perspective, at least it's not reading for me. There isn't enough value contrast to read the form and that makes it seem like it's spliced somehow. Still very cool... gj
This technique is very graphic, so it might be just how you're looking at it. I actually didn't make any real attempt at perspective, although sometimes with other pieces I try and simulate a "head turn" by using multiple vanishing points. (This is one example of doing that: [link])
Yea I understand what you're saying. The piece works as a whole, but there are a few lines that just don't really go anywhere and it really caught my eye. Overall I don't think it kills the design or anything, but if I were paying for a commission and saw that I'd be frowning. Keep up the good work though!
tekanako-the-firstFeatured By OwnerFeb 19, 2012Student General Artist
Cool, it seemed obvious, that plus Facebook. His artwork makes really good desktop background, and it's adictive to collect . When it comes to classic book covers, the one that always grabs me had got to be Chris Foss's Foundation Tripditch, the artwork sells the stories perfectly, that being the story is just as good as the cover .
We have worked at the same company for a time, and I first met him when working on a book "Concept Design II". I admire the approach he takes - not overdone, it's very elegant Foss is a lifelong influence - a true innovator!
The resemblance to 1960s sci-fi art was very deliberate
On the subject of cover art: I recently went to the book store and I noticed the dismal state of the sci-fi covers these days. Most of them had no illustration at all, in fact! Just a black background, text and blurbs conveying grave exhortations to *BUY!*
I'm actually thinking of writing a journal entry on the subject. Those classic 1960s/1970s book covers got me motivated to read, to try making artwork... they were inspiring!
Here on DA we get kind of a false impression due to all the artwork to be found. But it is artists sharing what they love doing - mostly with other artists. In the commercial sphere, it really seems like we're heading for a "world without art". Compared to a century ago (or even a decade or two ago), there is almost no illustration to be found. I'm not sure what that's about, but it certainly doesn't strike me as being a positive development in our culture.
My husband and I talk about the state of book covers and movie posters constantly. How it's all changed to either plain font on a dark background, or in the case of movie posters, a male and a female kind of bland, looking in two different directions, usually in black and white with a color wash. The "art" of posters and covers has been lost.
I think it's a matter of the quick easy and most importantly, cheap answer to getting a fast "good enough cover" for these things that saves the publishers the price of paying an artist to create something iconic. I can't blame them for wanting to save money, but at the same time, we're losing some really great potential here, and, honestly, when I go out to browse books and movies (I know I'm not supposed to judge a book by it's cover), but if it doesn't catch my eye on the shelf, I'm not likely to pick it up and see what it's about in the first place.
I've been seriously questioning the "don't judge a book by its cover" notion lately. When I think back, most of the books I ever bought were because the cover caught my eye. I'd certainly rather see an intriguing illustration of some sort than a line of text saying "you will buy this because it is a best seller (or whatever) and you will do as you're told" - which is kind of the vibe I get from most advertising at the present time.
I do wonder where this is all going - with everything getting cheaper all the time in order to maximize profits. I'm spending a lot less for movies, books, etc. than I used to, but that's because I need to really want to buy something for some definite reason. It looks like large segment of the public simply "shows up" and stumbles around the shopping mall like it's their second job - their duty - to buy this junk! I guess that's why marketing (which was once all about attracting people's curiosity) is most often just a barrage of guttural commands (at least that's how I experience it)
Maybe we are evolving into ants! Ants behave like that... and they don't make art either, as far as I can tell...
tekanako-the-firstFeatured By OwnerFeb 18, 2012Student General Artist
All too true, as my father rights books, I have been forced to do his covers. After our research we were pretty dissapointed at most of the covers. Either headless bimbos, testorone covers or blanks. One of the only other ways of getting attention is by making a good piece of art that is proportionate to the cover, can be seen and has something to do strongly with the book. I'm afraid that in a mostly American audience, they are only satisfied if they get an errection from both the cover and the rather pathetic book - very dissapointing but there are those who have looked past that idea.
I've been wondering about this too, lately more SF books are just quick PS manips than the illustration/art that old greats like Foss, Elson, Roberts or Burns toiled over to produce. Many movie posters are usually manips compositions of production shots. Guess the artistic handiwork in the days of Bob Peak are over...perhaps in can be a product of over-consumption. The average demographic is over-saturated with products and placement all vying for attention---from phone apps to ads on every media device & tech the avg household now uses. A far cry from the relatively peaceful age of the 70's to 90's of simple print media. Speed of release and economies of scale of more basic rapid designs are figured more heavily into an average ROI exec's decision process than the embracing the value of the quality of eye candy used to promote it. Like Steve says, the masses are becoming numbed by this shift. I think the average public is losing their soul too but that's just me...