Waiting on Godot...
Location: New Zealand
Rank: Ace Attorney
Joined: Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:23 am
Wow. Franziska von Karma in a red cocktail dress. I thought I'd never see the day.
Yup- that's Franziska :) Studio Kawaii's comic had her on the title page in a dress similar to this so I thought I'd make her the draw card for the cover :)
This is quite a nice picture, although I have to be honest, it's not exactly what I'd expect from a comic book cover (not that that's a bad thing, mind you). I don't know, maybe it's the materials used (looks like watercolors from where I'm standing, feel free to correct me), or maybe it's the fact that it doesn't really say a lot about the story. Actually, I think it's what it doesn't say that makes me interested into checking out the comic myself, so as a cover, it does its job.
Wait, that is what I expect from a comic book cover. Why did I say that it wasn't? Is it because of the unconventional way it makes me interested in the story?
I used copic markers for this :) They can have some water colour qualities though. It's honestly a MUCH faster medium for me to use than digital, and I put ALOT more effort into it cause I'm familiar with how it mixes.
Well, the comic is an anthology so I had to be VERY generic with the cover cause there was no common theme at all ^^; All 6 artists (including myself) have a different story. The mentality here was to have all the characters in the story on the cover cause there ended up being 7 Ace Attorney characters that featured over the story. Mine has Mia and Diego, Studio Kawaii has Franziska and Lang, and the rest were mixtures of trials with Phoenix and Miles, just Miles, or 4Komas that had Phoenix and Maya lols. It was the best I could do :( Normally my covers are far more relevant. To be honest though, all the anthologies I've owned have unrelated covers. This cover is actually VERY related when you look at the content :)
As for materials, I'm getting a proof for this from my printer as we speak. The internal pages are all fine- I know that if the size and resolution of the pages are correct, then they'll look great, but colour is always an unknown. The printer will either make this look awesome, or crap. I wont know till I see it. Hmmm... how do I explain this... What you see on your screen isn't the same as how it gets printed cause your screen is likely not calibrated properly. It may not have the tonal variation it needs to display it 100% correctly, and the fact that I saved this as CYMK first doesn't help much either. In the end, even I can't display this image how it'll be printed on my screen at home properly, so I need to print it first. Images turn out darker in print. My home printer is crap, and the colours turned out nice and fun on that, so I'm hoping that Printstop's printers will get rid of the dark noise my printer dumped on it. Sorry, it's very hard to explain all of this without you seeing it in person but I assure you, being traditional medium does not stop it from looking good in print :) My last comic cover for Narcolepsy
turned out great in print so I have no doubt that this will look great too. Screens render things alot sharper than it really is. Anti alias images look crap in print (images where there's a progression of grey to soften the edge), while alias edges look crap on screen. IT's all about resolution. Screens display at 72dpi, where printers print at 300dpi and with a greater colour range. This is why my comics always look 120% better in print than on screen ;)
It's also good to note which side is the front cover. This is actually a front AND back cover. The fold goes down the middle of Franziska and Lang, so Lang is on the back cover. This is also the textless version of it. The only way I could fit 7 characters on the cover without killing my hands was as a double page spread. Heh- to be honest, it doesn't make an awesome single image or as a single cover by it's self, but I didn't have the time to make it look perfect as both :( I'm already very behind on my comic. I just had to roll with what I had.
Wow though- I'm rambling... I'll stop that train of thought before I'm tl:dr
You know what, I'm just gonna wrap this up before I confuse myself further. I love the style, the vibrant colors, and the attention to detail. Very nice work, definitely worthy of some kudos.
Thank you :) I hope this all turns out in print :) I'm pretty sure it will. The sky blue and Fran's red printed a really fun colour at home so I have high hopes for this image :) I'll be more confident about it's results though when I see it in person XD Lol.
Sorry also for neglecting the RP. I have honestly been THAT busy that I haven't been able to RP. I've cut out most of my social life to do this comic and it's still not enough *sighs* I'm tryign not to exhaust myself with this. Here's to getting this done by the end of the month :) ^^;