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SPIKE cover suggestion by oomizuao SPIKE cover suggestion by oomizuao
I was just playing around with the idea of making a book cover for "SPIKE"... :p
This was inspired by the coloring style of Marco Mazzoni (marcomazzoni.tumblr.com/). I painted it with watercolors, photographed it with my Samsung tablet and edited it in Photoshop.
I kinda like how it turned out... ^^;
What do you guys think of this? :)


art and character (C) Elise M. Syvertsen / oomizuao 2013
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:iconteppekongen:
TeppeKongen Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
I think it will work great!
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XeroSolace Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
I like it a lot! But.... the way I've always imagined the characters are anthro, and that image has always stuck with me, and it fits well with the atmosphere. (and most of your art on SPIKE is anthro as well) It also makes the characters more easy to bond with as well (added cuteness n'such) , which is one the best things about the novel. If you don't want to limit the flexibility, however, may I suggest something along the lines of the note Sam made with Spikes name in the heart? I'd love that cover very much!!
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Blackdragon326 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I would definitely read a book with a cover like that.
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xelanesque Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
Although this is a good cover, I don't think it would really be a good choice for your novel. But still, very amazing.
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RainbowGoblins-09 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2013
i like this a lot La la la la 
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ashchi Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2013
I LOVE IT :) i would totally pick up this book >.>  well i would anyway but if i didnt know what it was it would catch my eye ^^
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LittleRobinFell Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
this is torture! how long till we get to buy the book! :DD

beautiful artwork as always Oomi!
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drawn-on-wings Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i really like it. i think it'd be perfect for the book cover, and i know a lot of people imagine the book anthro right now, but once it's in public, people won't know that you've done anthro artwork, y'know? So I believe this would be awesome. It reminds me of the prologue too.
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red-mohawk Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student General Artist
I like the rough layers of color. The blindfold and darkness really work well to give insight of what the story entails. I do however like the FEARS piece you did a while back. I sort of think it might make a great cover for the graphic novel. It's also very expressive of what Spike deals with and a few elements in the story.

How's it so far? I hope your doing well.
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Hour27 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm for it. :P
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Kumorifox1982 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
I think the drawing and concept are very good. However, when I read your chapters, the images I get are anthro, so the drawing clashes with my imagining of the characters.

Still really amazing though :)
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Gryphon98 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, this is really cool :) it would definitely make me read the back cover.
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kenna18 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2013
yes i love this suggestion its amazing 
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horror-lover Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i think the "Heaven above hell below" picture of urs would make a great cover! for either the novel or a graphic novel or whatever, its such an awesome piece, its perfect for cover art
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SliverCream Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really nice ! But I personally think the title of the book should be maybe bigger or in another colour, to make it more evident ^^
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Redrose-angel Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Really want to buy the book.........BUT IM SO BROKE IT'S NOT EVEN FUNNY. 
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Icewingmoontigress Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really like it. I sooooooo want to buy it NOW. I can't wait.
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infectedmushroo Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
this......I..its just too much awesome
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CharlieK-33 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The watermark effect looks great. Slightly hinting at the rough story.
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Jacklelover13 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I literally am too excited for your publishing of "SPIKE".... seriously.. this cover is FANTASTIC. I have goosebumps.
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:iconsolidarrow:
SolidArrow Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Freaking Fantastic.
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TheBlondeReaper Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student General Artist
AWESOME!
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Anarchylonewolf29 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think this is amazing. I also can not wait till you finally publish Spike. I really want to read more about him so much^^
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Shpuggy Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Does it need to be called 'Spike'? As in the title of your book. Some novels incorporate an important or meaningful phrase used in the story itself. I personally like coming across this in stories. It's like a nice little Easter egg nestled away in a paragraph within the pages. :)
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Zidlijan Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES TO THE SUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN
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punxgirl Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
LOVE......so so SO love
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TorisJamesGray Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
In my humble opinion, you should make two version of the cover. Think of those who would still imagine Spike, Sam and the rest as anthros (e.g. special edition for the Sofa Wolf Press, or something like that!)
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TheBrokenScale Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
I'm feeling a "The Darkness" vibe from this.
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Shadow-Gibson Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like it! though to be honest I can't tell if he's 16 or 20, sorry it's a little hard to tell I think it's the chin ^^;
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BlackMoril Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
To be honest, I prefer him in his anthro form. He looks just a little bit too old here.
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CaseyDecker Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
That's not bad. :D
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BenRusk Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Not sure why, but this pic makes me want to draw Game Grumps...prolly cuz of the long hair xD
none the less, awesome work, keep it up! :D
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BlackFOXofficial Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why in your story Spike is a human? Spike is anthro.
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:iconswirledthoughts:
SwirledThoughts Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
The artist prefers to draw anthro, but writes human. She also wants to publish this as a book.
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FranckyStein Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Woaw! Amazing!!! =D good job! ^^
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Makona-Duke Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student General Artist
I really like it too!! X3 Y'all did a really good job!!
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Iamoneandall Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Can I just say that the texture came out amazing, but allow me some suggestions on your typography. 
I adore your font (is it a typeset or did you just draw the letters?), but my impression is that the title becomes very secondary to the image. I think it would be safe to have the text larger and making it "pop out" more, maybe with white (or even red?) outlines, a backdrop, font shadow or maybe even a text box around? I'd want the title to stand out and awaken interest. Just a couple suggestions from an amateur =)
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JayCee-Summers Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
I like the way the font doesn't stand out. Almost like a silent scream, a plead without words. Knowing spikes background I think it's safe to say that this would be a fine cover.
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Iamoneandall Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
I didn't say it was bad or ineffective, though. But the purpose of a book cover is to attract new readers, people who *don't* know Spike's background. Well, that and saying which book it is. Did I come across as negative? 
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JayCee-Summers Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
In this book you learn spikes background. Which is another reason to say the way it's designed is nice.

No you didn't come across negative, just stating my case. I do in fact see your point and where you are coming from, but with my personal taste and opinion I think it portrays a message.
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Ruffneckcat Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
this is great :DD i will buy it if you let it print :hooray: :DD

i swear ! o-o
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Kosmik90 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's really a great picture but I think it's not that suitable for a book cover. I think the cover should not be that literal, like showing the main character in it that clearly. Some readers like to imagine the characters all by themselves. And having the main character in the cover gives the book more like a children book vibe I think. You can use Spike's silhouette in it, I think it's not that literal done like that. Or you can use something that describes the theme of the book, like some object, situation, close-up from abused body or something like that. :) Or what about Hatred? He's not that literal and he represents Spike's dark life pretty nicely. :D

But I still like this one too. :) It's pretty rough and provocative. :D
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weirdandproudofit Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student Artist
I love it and think it fits the story and character very well. 
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ThreeTales Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
It's really a great image!!! But isn't it slightly too complex for a cover?
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:iconpinkuken:
PinkuKen Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
It'd be great cover! owo
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HM-Dragon-Dreamer Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think it would make a nice cover, but unfortunately, as I've read, the author is rarely in control of what cover is chosen.
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Ingerawsome Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
If you are a selfbuplisher you control everything yourself.
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smilxo Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
That's great !
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Sabi-Arts Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like it alot, I think if I saw it in a bookstore or a libery I'd wonder what that was about, and why he looked that way, and then need to take a closer look. 

I so want your book in stores I'd by one for sure because that story is amazing and so catching 

btw, I love that your name is written so small I hate when the name of the writer is bigger than the titel of the book :)
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WoodHelm Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Inspiring, now I'm finished school I might be able to use that inspiration finally :nuu:
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