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I did this in about a night or day off just the name and what the book was about and this got rejected I will not be posting the cover they choose cause I like this one and their opinion doesn't matter in my world HA.
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jadetheangel777 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
That is a truly terrible book cover.

If you're going to wrap yourself up in a cocoon of delusion every time someone gives you an honest and realistic critique or opinion of your work, you're not going to get very far.

Enjoy your failure.
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niacmartian Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
There is no reason behind ur opinion, though I take criticism like a duck takes water but with no reason behind it your just splashing like a idiot... entiendo???
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jadetheangel777 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
Actually, as a fully trained graphic designer and illustrator, there is a lot of reason behind my opinion. It's a bad design, pure and simple.
That, and what you said in your comment: "cause I like this one and their opinion doesn't matter in my world HA."

I've heard several people espousing that exact same sentiment - and they all failed to grow and improve in their work.
As for splashing like an idiot - well, let me point out what's wrong with it, and you can decide if there's still no reason behind my opinion.

- There's no grid, and as such no conformity to a grid, so all of your text placement is off kilter and leads the eye around the page in a nonsensical pattern. Makes it hard to look at.
- The cover doesn't actually tell the viewer what the book is about - if it's a fiction book that's all well and good (apart from being an ugly cover) but if it's a non fiction book, its very, very bad design.
- Kitschy - it looks as though it was designed by an amateur on their home computer in Microsoft publisher - that's the first assumption I made, and others would make when they see it. Try researching pictorial composition and typographic layouts.
- Everything is centred; there's no focal point/ point of interest. Everything has the same importance, which is why the eye is being lead all about the page.
- No text hierarchy. You only have two lines, you should have a Proper title, and a sub header of sorts. You need to lend importance to the main bit of information; you can do this is several ways - text placement, font size, font type, what font- type you use (bold, italic, underline, etc.) Personally, I would have had the title on a flat baseline, and maybe a quarter larger than the sub header.
- Text should not be curved like that.

There's more, but a lot of what is left is personal choice, and it's up to you to make the right choices so that your work looks good. Try buying some books on typographic design, the "11 commandments of typography" is a particularly good one for learning the do's and don'ts, and when it's ok to break those rules.
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niacmartian Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
Honestly... thanx, I know typography isn't my strong suit obviously, Im working on it. Do me this fav, check out my other pieces and be that honest seriously. Also can u point me toward a ebook or somtin funds are fucked at the moment.
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jadetheangel777 Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
Not sure what ebooks are out there, but try downloading a torrent client and searching for them - demonoid is good if you can get an account there. Rapidshare searches might also be worth looking into; see if you can find the 11 commandments of typography book I mentioned (its expensive irl, about $50AUD) or 'Typographic Systems' by Kimberley Elam.

If you have the bandwidth for it, just download all design orientated books that you can find. Once I've finished answering messages I'll take a look at your gallery :)
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niacmartian Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
Thanx man
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niacmartian Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
It wasn't failure I learned from that one.
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