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Comic Book Cover Making Tips by RomanJones Comic Book Cover Making Tips by RomanJones
I've been designing covers for SE's volumes, so I decided to talk about my research discoveries with everyone.

Feel free to agree or disagree, these are just my personal thoughts.
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:iconkira-legion:
Kira-Legion Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg thank you so much! This is exactly what I was looking for!
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RomanJones Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
XD I'm glad to help!
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adaptupon Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow Roman, you really know the art of covers! Why are you not helping design everyone's book and movie covers?!
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:iconromanjones:
RomanJones Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I don't have the schooling for it. 
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:iconadaptupon:
adaptupon Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
What type of schooling are you referring to (for creating comic book covers)?
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RomanJones Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Graphic design and advertizing - nowadays it's required to have degrees or at least schooling in at least one  of those to get a job.

I'm awful with tech - I can just barely operate Photoshop. There's no way I could make it dance and sing as required for being a professional graphic designer. I'm also not clever with design itself - my own covers are terrible. I'd never come up with something as cool as the cover for Jaka's Story. I'm pretty much a hypocritical critic in that regard.
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adaptupon Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes, you are being quite critical of yourself, but it does come with a good sense of humility.
I do feel that you could come up with something as cool as the cover for Jaka's Story (i googled it), but you might not know when you do, your most popular work may not be the work you personally feel is your best work. 
Those degrees are likely necessary for most jobs in the corresponding fields, but I do believe there are other alternative routes to jobs in the comic book art field ( i dont know anything about this field). For example: through personal contacts, someone in the field that falls in love with all or one of your pieces, or something completely out of the blue, you never know that's the exciting and scary thing about life, anything can happen. Keep building your good rapport with the universe, so that when you are hit with a shock, you come up on top :)
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ChinjiKagawa Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015
Hello, this guide is very useful and insightful. But do covers have to have characters or can their be objects for symbolic purposes?
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:iconromanjones:
RomanJones Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Oh yes! These work very well, actually. 
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ChinjiKagawa Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
Ok, thanks!
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:iconcatapanoart:
catapanoart Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice breakdown and presentation!
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:iconromanjones:
RomanJones Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!!
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:iconfaithleafcat:
FaithLeafCat Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was very helpful! Thanks for posting it! :D
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:iconromanjones:
RomanJones Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome!! Glad to be of help!
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FaithLeafCat Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D
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ReggieBear19 Featured By Owner May 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! This really helps :)
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:iconromanjones:
RomanJones Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome! Glad to help!
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LOOMcomics Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Student Interface Designer
I love this perspective. You really made me think about the motives behind movie posters in a clear way. Thank you for this!
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:iconromanjones:
RomanJones Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're welcome, buddy!
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SonySakura Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you very much! I have been looking for tips on making book covers for a long time =)
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RomanJones Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
You're wecome, buddy!
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Ysabetwordsmith Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Writer
I can tell at least one more thing from "True Blood" -- that cover reeks of Assumed Male Gaze. To viewers who enjoy ogling objectified female bodies, it will appeal. To viewers who prefer women as active characters, probably not.

Very well done exploration of cover techniques.
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RomanJones Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
True, that's what we can get from it, but what is the genre? I have no idea.

Thanks!
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GrafimatedSDF Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Great...thanks!
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:iconromanjones:
RomanJones Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm glad you like it!
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GrafimatedSDF Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Really interesting!
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Captainblackwing Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
This was awesome! Thanks for making it! And I read foiled! Its a great book!
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:iconambreechristineskye:
AmbreeChristineSkye Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
It all makes sense to me.
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:iconskaramine:
Skaramine Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The comic book world needs this lesson!
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IrisSapphire Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
These are pretty good tips~! I would definitely apply this advice to a video game cover.
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RomanJones Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I imagine it would also apply to video game covers as well.
I notice that books don't have this problem so much, since it's a non-visual medium so the themes/genre are often the first thing displayed rather than the actors.
Huh.
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Can I say how awesome it is that you used a Cerebus comic? :3

Very good points, all of them :nod:
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RomanJones Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
And I love the Cerebus universe - despite the creator's insanity.
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You took the words right out of my head. :nod:
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PurpleTartan Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You've made some very good points here! :)
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:iconromanjones:
RomanJones Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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PurpleTartan Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :D
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:iconarulein:
Arulein Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Nice overlook. Also love the inclusion of Jaka's Story, back in the day when it ws more about the book than about the creator going off the deep end...
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RomanJones Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Jaka's Story is one of the best graphic novels ever made, flaws and all. Didn't Dave Sim do the whole "I'mma make a 300 chapter comic!" on a dare?
I think the whole thing is a fascinating psychological study, right along with "In the Realms of the Unreal".
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TheTinkerThinker Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Thank you so much for putting the 'Movie poster syndrome' into words.
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:iconromanjones:
RomanJones Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, you've noticed it too, I see.
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ElectricGecko Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
Good points! And very valid.
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RomanJones Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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touya-dono Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! Very helpful tips.
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:iconromanjones:
RomanJones Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You bet, pal!
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JWiesner Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012
I'm often thinking about the comic cover I'm gonna make for my graphic novel when my first volume is done. I kind of had a feeling what was important but I could never point my finger on it! Thanks for putting it into actual words, now I can remember it better when I work on the cover! :D
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RomanJones Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'm happy to have helped!
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