Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Not a TOTAL disaster, but...

First of all, I am NOT delaying this project past the fifteenth. NO DELAY WILL STOP ME.

That said...FUCK. We had a tiny storm today. It knocked out the power.

I screamed, and then discovered that I had saved my project just in time. There was much rejoicing.

Then the power died again.

Not only did I lose the extra work I'd done? The file? Was TOTALLY corrupted. Completely. Utterly.

Except for the preview tile. You know, that little tiny picture that tells you what you're looking at? That was fine.

...so I took a screen shot of the preview tile, expanded it up to fit the full image size, and blurred the living shit out of it.

So the GOOD news is...most of the color is in the right place, and the human shapes are, roughly, still correct. And I know my anatomy JUST well enough to go on from there.

The bad news? I HAD THE CASTLE THE WAY I WANTED IT. I am weeping. I am sobbing. I am a blubbering fucking wreck. It's not a total waste, and I even like some of the color blendings done here. But OH MY GOD, I am SO not happy with the universe in general right now.

THE BOOK WILL BE OUT ON THE FIFTEENTH AND IT WILL HAVE THIS AWESOME ARTWORK IF I HAVE TO PULL AN ALL NIGHTER TO MAKE THIS WORK.

Here is another work in progress. Pat me on the back and tell me I am awesome, because I do not feel awesome. I feel like kicking puppies.
Leythorne would not approve of kicking puppies.

3 comments:

  1. If you darken those bright lines so they don't jump out quite as much, maybe clean up a couple of other points here and there, that would actually make a cool cover as-is.

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  2. There's some refinement necessary a couple visual levels down.

    Here's how my weird brain works: 25% of the image at 300DPI=what it will look like printed at a page and/or reduced to 72DPI and posted on a screen. So if I don't think it looks "right" at 33.3%? It don't get posted. I have every intention of having all my book covers printed out as posters, someday. So it has to look good at this level.

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  3. Also his hands are still completely fucked up.

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