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Spellbreaker draft 1 cover

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Published: May 31, 2010
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When you win NaNoWriMo, CreateSpace gives you a printed proof copy of your book for free. Seriously. This is the cover for the novel that I wrote last year -- Spellbreaker. It's a retelling of the frog prince story that I'd wanted to write since 10th grade.

The cover, like the words inside, is not perfect, but it doesn't have to be. That's the glory of writing a NaNoWriMo and doing personal art. It's intentionally Disney-ish and I played with the textures and brushes to my heart's content. And although I'm finding more and more little mistakes, I still really like how this turned out. :)

Drawn and inked in Paint Tool Sai.
Colored and compiled in Adobe Photoshop CS3.
Textures from cgtextures, brushes from brusheezy, and some of each from my own stock.
The quote is an old proverb that I found and reworded very slightly.
Fonts used: Myriad Pro and Harrington (which is becoming overused but I still love it so!)

This image is a modified version of the actual cover... The version that I actually sent to the printers is here: [link]
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she kinda looks like me haha
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Perry-PicturesHobbyist Digital Artist
aww it wouldn't let me look at the link of the printers version :( but this looks great and very interesting
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Storybookdreams13Student General Artist
The cover really intrigues me, are you thinking of ever publishing?
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Thank you! And yes, I am working toward getting stuff ready to submit to an agent in the near future. :)
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Storybookdreams13Student General Artist
Good Luck!
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EmeryLafisHobbyist Digital Artist
did you use brush or pen tool for the lines? Very good job!
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Eve-FrancescaHobbyist Writer
This is beautiful. =) I love your drawing style and how it's so similar to Disney.
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gz to you to finish Nanowrimo

I think it´s one of the best porjects ever!
You sit down and just did it!


I finished my project to at Nanowrimo never was soooo proud of miself!!! NEVER!
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Abyss-ValkyrieStudent Digital Artist
Lovly work!!!The look she has is so pretty!!!!Awesome!!!
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Wow, you finished a Nanowrimo!!!??? Kudos to you! I like the clothing, the hair, and the green texture. Could we see a pic of the book?
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I love this! I love the mucha hair and the colors. I can't believe you finished a nanowrimo, thats so mind boggling to me!
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battie General Artist
whoah, check out that hair! i dig this :)
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Atariel91Student General Artist
this is awesome :D That's so cool that you got a proof copy of this for free :) I'm a design student, which requires a LOT of printing off work such as this which to put frankly doesn't come cheap. And I gotta tell ya, if someone let me off print something like this for FREE, I would be over the moon. :D

Love the textures you've used! And the disney-esque style the character is.
And I know what you mean about finding little mistakes in your work. They tend to sneak up on one so.
But despite all mistakes, this looks pretty good :)

Ooh I'd just love to read this :)
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cyberhareHobbyist General Artist
Very cool!
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PoisonDIluHobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. So beautiful.
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