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nnelson1
05-08-2001, 08:23 AM
Cover illustration I did for "Phobos", a sci-fi murder mystery hopefully coming out this fall!

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PhotoShop 6 Vue d'Esprit

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babys_breath
05-10-2001, 12:29 AM
Hello,
I love it!!Your talented.I want to illstrate books too,but I'm just getting started.Can you tell me how you broke into this feild and what requirements are involved?I have the talent,but I just need some hints on how to get my foot in the door.Thanks!!

Thank You,
Renee

Ohju
05-15-2001, 08:12 PM
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Hi...I like your book cover! I was just wondering if you are experienced in this field and no any info on what materials that can be used? I have to make a book cover for a client who is out of state. It's due by August and I just can't get started. I was asked to do it in pastels or any other paints (acrylic etc.) Should I use a matboard? And do I send the original to her?
Thank you for your time.
~Ju



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Art washes from the Soul, the dust of everyday life. ~Picasso

nnelson1
05-16-2001, 09:40 AM
Ju-

Congrats on the book cover job!

Most printers prefer an electronic file of the cover art. So, after you have created the cover in whatever medium you wish (pastel, acrylic, etc.) you will need to either scan it or have it professionally photographed and then scan the photo.

The important thing is that they need the file in a 300-500 dpi tiff file! This will be one BIG file! Also, you will want a high quality photo editing software package (Photoshop is my preference) so you can make your adjustments and ensure that the colors you see on your monitor will be what they print.

Are you working on this for the author or the publisher? You'll need to know format sizes, etc. Get as much information as you can about the finished product.

When sending proofs to your client, you can use the smaller 72 dpi that's adequete for most monitors.

Hope this helps!

Nick

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Ohju
05-17-2001, 10:20 PM
Originally posted by nnelson1:
Ju-

Congrats on the book cover job!

Most printers prefer an electronic file of the cover art. So, after you have created the cover in whatever medium you wish (pastel, acrylic, etc.) you will need to either scan it or have it professionally photographed and then scan the photo.

The important thing is that they need the file in a 300-500 dpi tiff file! This will be one BIG file! Also, you will want a high quality photo editing software package (Photoshop is my preference) so you can make your adjustments and ensure that the colors you see on your monitor will be what they print.

Are you working on this for the author or the publisher? You'll need to know format sizes, etc. Get as much information as you can about the finished product.

When sending proofs to your client, you can use the smaller 72 dpi that's adequete for most monitors.

Hope this helps!

Nick


Thanks Nick for the info!
I'm working on this for the author. I don't know if she actually knows what's in store. I think it's her first book and she seen my work only online. I've known her for 3 years now and trust her. So I hope I can pass this info to her and find out soon on how to go about it.
300-500 dpi tiff?! Wow! I don't think my puter could handle it! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/eek.gif But I will try my best at doing it.
Just got to get busy and find out more info from her.
Thanks a bunch!
~Ju



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Art washes from the Soul, the dust of everyday life. ~Picasso

digistyle
05-17-2001, 11:01 PM
Great layout, Nick. Congrats on getting a book cover! Can you give us any more info about the story?

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nnelson1
05-19-2001, 09:27 AM
Ju-

I understand. In that case, don't worry about 300-500 dpi until after you get the contract/check for the cover. For doing your cover mock-ups and ideas, use good 'ol 72 dpi for the files you send to the author. 300-500 dpi tiffs are for publishing only. And they may be too big for sending online anyway!


Digi- Thanks! The story involves a strange creature killing people on a research base on the Martian moon of Phobos, a Martian revolutionary group, and the Peacekeepers (marines). Throw in terraforming, gravity wells and a touch of romance and you've got "Phobos"! A GREAT story.

I'll let you know when it goes to print.

Nick

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Ohju
06-07-2001, 09:43 PM
Originally posted by nnelson1:
Ju-

I understand. In that case, don't worry about 300-500 dpi until after you get the contract/check for the cover. For doing your cover mock-ups and ideas, use good 'ol 72 dpi for the files you send to the author. 300-500 dpi tiffs are for publishing only. And they may be too big for sending online anyway!

Nick


Sorry this is way late on response, been busy..and got it started! thanks for the info, just one thing..
I'm new at this, and have been out of commercial art since 1980, so bare with me. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif
Do I ask a price on my work (contract/check?)..don't understand.
Like to continue doing these. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif
Thanks!
~Ju



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Art washes from the Soul, the dust of everyday life. ~Picasso

bruin70
06-07-2001, 11:48 PM
i think the sinister character in the background doesn't LOOM over the enviroment. he doesn't have the presence. one easy change would be to make him look down on the couple. the star wars posters with darth vadar in the starry background are a good source....{M}

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animal
06-10-2001, 11:45 PM
Congratulations on the book covers Nick and Ohju. http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/biggrin.gif http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/eek.gif

Sandi
06-11-2001, 12:58 AM
Congratulations Nick! http://www.wetcanvas.com/ubb/smile.gif

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