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Christmas Carole Cover by denlm Christmas Carole Cover by denlm
Well, we're on our way! The Christmas novella I wrote a couple of years back--and that featured so many of my dA friends as characters--is going to be released this November. Here's the cover in progress.
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C-ris4 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
thats amazing :)
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denlm Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
Thank you. I was thrilled with how the book turned out.
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katarthis Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I LOVE this book. Everyone ought to buy a copy. Me and Tam. Who knew? lol.

k
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denlm Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2011
I'm so pleased you still enjoyed it after all this time--and after a few changes. I've gotten numerous messages from readers that they cried at the end. I figure that is high praise. But your opinion matters most. Thank you.
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young-hoon Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the cover! The colours are nice. Maybe you can make the title more "outstanding"?
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sanguinesins Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Ooh. How fun! :clap:
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denlm Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Thanks. I'm lovin' it!
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azrael1984 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
Awesome cover is awesome. :D
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denlm Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Thanks, ma'am. I concur!
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taintedbliss Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:excited:

;) I know you are too! :D
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denlm Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
:glomp:
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ThundersSilence Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
there are three things that jump out immediately on this. the one is the orange "not" and then the man's scarf and the portrait of the woman on the lower right. while scarf and portrait still are in the same style as the illustration, the 'not' jumps out a bit too harshly, i think.
it's very, well, orange. it's also another font than either the title or the subtitle/author name etc. and then of course it's cut off the rest and tilted to the side. might it be better to have it more fitting the rest of the picture/title. maybe at least giving it the same font?
also, the little mistletoe right of the illustrator's name, is it even necessary? it's style is much 'cleaner' than the style of the illustration, as if done on the computer, which in my opinion clashes a bit with the style of illustration.

the picture itself i like a lot, even though i'm not quite sure why the scarf has to be as important as the woman's portrait ;) (both equally 'strong' saturation-wise)
the man's face looks a bit off but then that fits the generally slightly naive style of the whole.
i really like the general softness of it, the carefully blended, muted colors, the winter feeling of the tumbling snowflakes. definitely a picture fitting the idea of a christmas carol, even though there's the 'not another' still to be put before it :)
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denlm Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
Thanks for the insights, ma'am. Some of these things are already being worked on and/or changed. For example, the word "not" has already been downplayed a bit from what you see here. What I posted is the first complete version, but before any fine-tuning. So it's good to have some new eyes besides our own to either point out things we missed or confirm things we thought needed adjusting.

FYI: I like having "not" be different, because I want people to realize this is not like "Scrooged" or any of the other Dickens knockoffs. I also want them to realize there is a touch of comedy involved as well. I felt the "not" did that.
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ThundersSilence Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
glad to be of help :)
yes, i think i understood your intention with the 'not', just thought you might achieve the same while still keeping it maybe somehow a little more in tune with the rest of it. and since it's being worked on already i'm sure it will be better later! i'm waiting to see what you both will come up with!
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LeonieSainteVire Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
::sighs::How awesome!! Is there anything you cannot do?
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denlm Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
Can't stand on my head. Never could. Lol. The really awesome part for me is getting to work with a professional artist who I've known since the beginning of my days as a deviant here on dA. I love the feel of her work for this project. Can't wait to show off a few of the interior illustrations as well.
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LeonieSainteVire Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
I cannot wait to see them! ::huffs:: I am disappointed! NO standing on your head??? Well...get busy and work on it! ::winks::
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denlm Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
I am a failure! Just kidding. :D
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Penfury Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
I like the cover art just as it is. I wouldn't refine it a lot more because while the great orange NOT may imply humor (not a bad thing) the rest of the composition has that wistful, dreamy quaility that goes quite well with the story. I knew at a glance that the two figures in color would be the main characters and that the young man has been searching for that right one for some time. Of course, I have read the story through several times, but I consider myself sufficiantly adult to judge artwork on its own merit. In short, this illustration would make me pick the book up to read the back flap and see if I wanted to invest more time in it.
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denlm Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
I'm with you! I can see a few slight modifications and refinements, but overall this cover portrays the wistfullness and the touch of humor I wanted to convey about this story. Thanks for the support. I can't wait to show off some of the interior illustrations as well.
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Penfury Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
:eager:
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neurotic-elf Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
Thank you for the nice comments !! :aww:
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Penfury Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
You're welcome. I mean every one of them. :)
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neurotic-elf Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
:aww:
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ZomaS-M Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
I'll need to read it, but I do think this cover is very inviting. :nod:
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denlm Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
Thanks, Brooke. The story is a bit different from what is still here on dA. I wrote it several years ago and have been tinkering with it ever since.
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Intergrativeone Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
I'm excited about this. Keep us in the loop so we can get some copies!!!!! Yee Ha!!!!!!
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denlm Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
I will. No question. However, poor Beau is going to have to change some text on the home page of fellowshipofpsys.com. Again. This will be the third time I've changed the title of this book. Lol.
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keight Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Way cool!
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denlm Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Thank you! I love it sooooo much.
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LunaticStar Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Also I really like the gradient in the lineart. What I think is missing, and I know this is deadspace for the title, is a little more definition in the tips of the trees and the sky. I understand it's sposta be semi negative space, but imo it's too negative. Just slightly!!
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denlm Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
Will do! These are the kinds of details we're looking for. Thanks.
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LunaticStar Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
If crits are still available, I'd skip the orange 'not.' It clashes with the art a lot, makes the pretty stark image look gimmicky, you know? it's sposta be a sentimental story from what I've read. The title makes it look like a comedy. But the art doesn't! Also the girl that's different in the fluttering page is oversaturated. :nod:

And that's my 2 cents. But I'm glad it's coming along. That'll be really cool to have that!
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neurotic-elf Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Professional General Artist
we both thank you so much for the comments !! :D

although this isn't the final image, we appreciate it.

The orange "NOT" seemsd nice there, cause all of the 3 orange "elements" seem to have a nice flow. I never thought someone could take this story as being humorous because of that, probably because I already know the story, so you have a point there.
I'll see what I can do, trying to make it more "serious" without losing the colour trail.

As for the girl, that's probably my screen's fault, cause even if the image of the girl will change, it shouldn't be that saturated.

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LunaticStar Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010
Yeah, I noticed that there were 3 orange elements. But though they're the same color, to me it doesn't mesh. I like the idea of the saturated elements joining the plot themes, but mayhap it a more subtle. way. :D

And booo screens. Poke it!!
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denlm Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
The story actually walks the line between sentimental and comic, so the "not" didn't bother me. But we'll see how things develop. This is not finished art, btw. We just got impatient to get some feedback. YOU know how that goes, lol. Also the women in the pictures are not final yet, so Valia will love this input. (PS-That girl is the main character, so she is supposed to stand out.)
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LunaticStar Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
I read one chapter and it seemed very serious. I wouldn't have laughed if my feet were being tickled by a unicorn in a fez.

And I get she's supposed to stand out. It's just too much. She's so oversaturated, and I'd understand if HE had the same color scheme, but really even the scarf doesn't stand up. I don't care who's who, looking it from a composition type of analytical eye, that's what I see.

And impatient, god, I know, I know... I get that way! I want to skip ahead in my 2 current big projects but nope! wristslap! STAY DOWN!!
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Siobhan68 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wow... looks awesome so far!
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denlm Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
I think so too! Thanks.
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