Sunday, November 20, 2011

Talked about this cover on Twitter yesterday. But wanted to show a possible solution to why I didn't feel the over all design left me cold. It's hard to do too much since I don't have the actual file to work with but you get the idea.
I still feel it doesn't pop as much as I'd like, but it's not like I'm getting paid to it, so it is what it is.

NOTE* Now if you're going to do a bloody mouth coming out of torn paper, I guess you could use this one as an example of how to do it right. Or maybe the other artist WAS using it as example of how to do a cover. Oops.


  1. Still a weird ref for a diner.
    Still confused about the tear.
    Is the inside of the comic ripping out? Is it the photo-realistic image that's being ripped?
    If it were a documentary-style, photo-realistic image of a bayou eatery, that was then ripped apart by the vamp -- now we're talking.

  2. I've been reading Severed since the first issue, (I know, four whole months. But in today's market that's a long time...) I enjoy the cover concepts as they each have had a tear ripping open the picture. Each issue the tear gets bigger...

  3. I'm not a huge fan of the original here, and I was onboard with your criticism of it, and I'm generally a fan of your work. But your proposed solution is terrible in this case. Way too dark and gory. It doesn't at all fit the tone of the book. Your cover makes me think of trashy modern horror movies and video games, whereas I thin the book is going for something more sophisticated than that.

    I hate when the cover art doesn't reflect the style or tone of the interior art. I realize that you're approaching this from a purely design point of view, but in my opinion it's a bigger crime to create a cover that poorly reflects the content than to create one that has a lesser visual impact.

  4. You made some solid points. As far as what I did to the cover, you're absolutely correct. It's hard to change something at this stage correctly without the original file. And since this isn't my job, I did what I could.

  5. Hello, Mr. Dave. I'm Norby and I'm indie comic creator here in the Philippines. I'm not that knowledgeable about photoshop, so I just want ask some few pointers on the cover that, I've made. It's B&W and here it is Thanks in advance for the help.

    -Norby Ela

  6. i really enjoy what you're doing here. if you don't have money for art school kids, there's a lot to be learned here for free. it's great to see cover artists getting some intelligent criticism that they should have been receiving from their art directors.