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Post by Schaschanist on Tue 22 Oct 2013 - 9:16

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Post by Kiskaloo on Tue 5 Nov 2013 - 13:16

Decided to go simple with this one:


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Post by taerKitty on Tue 5 Nov 2013 - 13:56

I love it!

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Post by tremec6speed on Tue 5 Nov 2013 - 19:52

Wow Kiskaloo, luv these pictures! head bang

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Post by taerKitty on Mon 25 Nov 2013 - 23:02

Hm.  I can't believe I didn't post this image here already.  (And, if I did, please tell me!!!)

This is for Henrietta's Christmas story, A Gift Repaid.  TSM suggested I post a CC Christmas story per year.  I doubled up last year for Rico and Triela to make up for my first year.



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Post by taerKitty on Thu 28 Nov 2013 - 21:23

New TSM story, new cover:


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Post by Thescarredman on Fri 29 Nov 2013 - 12:54

Thanks, Kitty. It's up on FFnet now, and looks great.

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Post by taerKitty on Fri 29 Nov 2013 - 13:10

Here's another one:


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Post by Thescarredman on Fri 29 Nov 2013 - 15:04

Hm. I waslanning to replace that image with one of Alf's Monty+Jethro pics, just haven't found the right one yet. How much trouble to redo this once I find it?

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Post by taerKitty on Fri 29 Nov 2013 - 15:21

Easily done. Point me at the high-res image so I don't have to reverse-image-search for it from the postage-stamp thumbnail FF shows, and I can have it swapped out in 30 seconds, 20 of which would be spent loading the files.

Oh, make that 45 seconds. I'll have to rekey the frame color to coordinate with the image. Smile

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Post by Kiskaloo on Fri 29 Nov 2013 - 19:29

Two more:




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Post by taerKitty on Fri 29 Nov 2013 - 19:34

TSM just pointed me at the new image.  Here's the composite:


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Post by Thescarredman on Sat 30 Nov 2013 - 9:09

Hm. Somehow never noticed Monty's a lefty...

Kisk, a person might visit your stories just for the artwork.
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Post by Alfisti on Sat 30 Nov 2013 - 9:52

@Thescarredman wrote:Hm. Somehow never noticed Monty's a lefty...
Well, Monty is actually right handed however, for the purposes of picture composition (and because I didn't realise what I had done until it was too late) here, she's using her left. I figure she can still shoot at least moderately respectably with it.

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Post by taerKitty on Sat 30 Nov 2013 - 12:43

Could a kid be turned ambidextrous by the Agency conversion process?

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Post by Thescarredman on Sat 30 Nov 2013 - 14:42

Well, I know you can be become almost fully ambidextrous through training.
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Post by Kiskaloo on Sat 30 Nov 2013 - 15:39

@Thescarredman wrote:Kisk, a person might visit your stories just for the artwork.
Thanks!

I try and make the covers relevant to the subject of the piece.

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Post by taerKitty on Sat 30 Nov 2013 - 16:00

...and stunning, to boot!

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Post by tremec6speed on Sat 30 Nov 2013 - 17:55

Cool!
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Post by Kiskaloo on Sat 30 Nov 2013 - 18:19

@taerkitty wrote:...and stunning, to boot!
Now I just need to come up with ones for Secret Base ~Kimi ga Kureta Mono~ [Secret Base ~What You Gave Me~], Yume no Kakera [Fragment of a Dream] and Public Relations and that will cover my current ff.net published stories. 



My "Storie Raccolte [Collected Stories]" compilation has 17 stories that I could do covers for, but they're published as chapters instead of as individual stories and I used the cover I did for The Cyborg Wears Prada) as the master cover.

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Post by Alfisti on Sun 1 Dec 2013 - 7:18

@taerkitty wrote:Could a kid be turned ambidextrous by the Agency conversion process?
I think it depends on whom you ask. Personally, for my own writings, I tend to say "no", but that's because I generally prefer to play the SWA as being pretty much flat out dealing with the "need to have" issues (lifespan, conditioning problems, commercialisation, general upkeep/maintenance/repairs and troubleshooting, etc) rather than the "nice to haves". Plus, at least from where I'm standing, "also we made you ambidextrous" feels like too much of a convenient wand-wave... and I like the idea that there's still quite a lot the doctors and engineers still just simply have no control over.

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Post by taerKitty on Sun 1 Dec 2013 - 13:05

Same here. It's actually quite fascinating the power level disparities that fall out of comparing various authors' versions of cyborgs, both OC and canon.

Some early stories gave them bulletproof skin, etc.

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Post by Kiskaloo on Fri 18 Apr 2014 - 18:12

Three More:

Devil in a Blue Chassis



The Transporter



Secret Base ~The Thing You Gave Me~
(the artwork is Wind Power by Alfisti since it inspired the story)



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Post by Il Direttore on Fri 18 Apr 2014 - 18:13

The use of perspective in that last one is so confusing but so intriguing. Is that Alfi's handiwork I spy?

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Post by Kiskaloo on Sat 19 Apr 2014 - 9:20

@Il Direttore wrote:The use of perspective in that last one is so confusing but so intriguing. Is that Alfi's handiwork I spy?

Yes - Wind Power.


And speaking of Alfisti, our collaborative effort for the Idyllic Lives thread:

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Post by Triela on Sun 20 Apr 2014 - 22:35

How have I not seen this topic before? A lot of this stuff is really nice! So visually pleasing. :3

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Post by Il Direttore on Sun 20 Apr 2014 - 23:24

Apparently this was a cool thing? 



Personally, I gotta say that I find Kisk's minimalism more skillful than my own, but Pez said this should be posted here so I did.

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Post by Thescarredman on Mon 21 Apr 2014 - 2:55

And Pez was right. This is lovely.
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Post by taerKitty on Mon 21 Apr 2014 - 3:32

Indeed it is!

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Post by taerKitty on Thu 24 Apr 2014 - 10:34

Started an original fiction over on FictionPress.com:

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Cover art for the Canaan fic I'm working on. 


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Post by Alfisti on Sun 24 Aug 2014 - 8:46

Now that does not look half bad at all. Clean, and the typography is nicely integrated.

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I aim to please ^_^

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Post by Alfisti on Sun 30 Nov 2014 - 6:33

Adding to the collection, a new story for Jethro+Monty means a new cover...


This one owes more than a bit to the work of Saul Bass, which should hopefully help set the story's intended tone.

Typefaces, for those interested, are Hitchcock and Pilsen Plakat, the latter of which has been J+M's standard title font since their comic days. Soundtrack whilst drawing was this and that.

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Post by Il Direttore on Sun 30 Nov 2014 - 8:54

I'm curious as to your artistic choices for this cover. On the one hand you've used a very interesting silhouette aesthetic and limited palette to create impressions of class and fanciness. I particularly enjoyed the way you made the foreground very dark and the background quite light, such that J+M ended up blending into the background but were still prominent. The Bonds in a Row serve to draw attention nicely.

The Hitchcock typeface is, of course, similar to that which was used on literally every single poster of each Hitchcock film, but I will admit that since I was not expecting to see Hitchcock references on your cover-art, my initial impression was that it was some sort of cartoony thing rather than a horror-movie reference. Did you use this typeface with films such as Psycho and The Shining in mind, and intend such references, or was the more cartoonish feel intended?

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On a more general note, I've noticed that you've started swaying towards minimalistic notes as of late. Is this an intended shift in your style, or a temporary experiment?

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Post by Kiskaloo on Sun 30 Nov 2014 - 10:57

@Alfisti wrote:Adding to the collection, a new story for Jethro+Monty means a new cover...

This one owes more than a bit to the work of Saul Bass, which should hopefully help set the story's intended tone.

I’m guessing J+M will be Flying the Friendly Skies? Wink



Though he also did Continental’s logo for the same period…




@Il Direttore wrote:I particularly enjoyed the way you made the foreground very dark and the background quite light, such that J+M ended up blending into the background but were still prominent. The Bonds in a Row serve to draw attention nicely.

I’m guessing those five fellows are butlers…

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Post by Il Direttore on Sun 30 Nov 2014 - 11:20

Oh I'm just assuming they're Bonds. Butlers works well, obviously, but I decided to turn them into Bonds for the sake of my own amusement. I find that the implication that J+M are both visible and invisible intriguing, and the interpretation of the fellows as Bonds makes it more spy-movie esque. 

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Post by taerKitty on Sun 30 Nov 2014 - 13:07

We all do.  And great job as usual!

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Post by Alfisti on Mon 1 Dec 2014 - 7:31

@Kiskaloo wrote:
@Il Direttore wrote:I particularly enjoyed the way you made the foreground very dark and the background quite light, such that J+M ended up blending into the background but were still prominent. The Bonds in a Row serve to draw attention nicely.
I’m guessing those five fellows are butlers…
They're Butler Bonds...

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In seriousness though, the intention was to evoke the classic, spy-fi, tuxedo-clad secret agent. The story was originally going to be called "Six Degrees of Separation", but I decided that was too long and cut it down. In this case however, if you count back from Jethro+Monty, it's six hops to the number six. They're also all looking toward J+M, who are indeed disappearing off into the background... albeit not without being observed this time.


@Il Direttore wrote:The Hitchcock typeface is, of course, similar to that which was used on literally every single poster of each Hitchcock film, but I will admit that since I was not expecting to see Hitchcock references on your cover-art, my initial impression was that it was some sort of cartoony thing rather than a horror-movie reference. Did you use this typeface with films such as Psycho and The Shining in mind, and intend such references, or was the more cartoonish feel intended? 
Saul Bass did a number of the posters, and opening animations, for the Hitchcock films... including Psycho and The Shining. His movie portfolio wasn't limited to those of course and, as Kisk pointed out, he did a lot of design work for corporates etc. as well. I was more looking to evoke his, particularly mid-century, style, which includes the hand-cut lettering, rather than the Hitchcock productions specifically.

That said, I am hoping to keep Six Degrees tighter than AtAC was, so I would be lying if I said the association to his movie work was unintentional.


@Il Direttore wrote:On a more general note, I've noticed that you've started swaying towards minimalistic notes as of late. Is this an intended shift in your style, or a temporary experiment?
Not really an intended thing, and not something I would expect to apply to everything. That said, I do like a bit of white space in my layouts, yes.

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