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Zyearth Chronicles: The Stolen Guardian by hextupleyoodot Zyearth Chronicles: The Stolen Guardian by hextupleyoodot
UPDATE: The name of the book has changed to The Stolen Guardian, and is going to be published soon! Best wishes to RA-Meenan for getting this far!

This is the full cover art for an upcoming novel by RA-Meenan (Rachel), titled Zyearth Chronicles: The Stolen Defender (as the title implies =P).

Back a loooooooong time ago, the two of us cowrote a roleplay called "The Island," which followed the escapades of our sonic fan-characters (including Omni the Hedgehog).

Over the years, I went on to essentially abandon my characters, while Rachel went on to completely rewrite the story and reinvent all the characters, leading to what you see here.

As for the art itself, it was a big undertaking for me, as I've never really done an illustration of this scale, but as usual, I did a lot of experimenting, and I somehow managed to pull it off.... I think. However, I'm still open to making remedial improvements if anyone wants to give me critique. I always feel like my art pales in comparison to that of professionals, and I dunno that I'm qualified to be making book covers. =P But as someone who was even somewhat involved with the story in its baby stages, I felt like it was appropriate for me to do the cover art. You can question my motivations if you so please. XP

This particular wide composition is for a hardback dust cover, should the book be printed in hardback form.

You can learn more about Zyearth by perusing ZyearthChronicles. You can also look at a more detailed view of the cover art here

Trees are hard to draw. o_o

Conceptual mockup render courtesy PSDCovers, who provided the "Paperback001" Photoshop action that converted the flat image into the mockup. Here's a link to the Photoshop action on their website, which has a lot of nifty Photoshop templates and actions to help you envision your flat art as a finished printed product.
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MechaMonstre Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
Cool, man.
NakaseArt Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
This is a very great painting! It's exciting to see, and the colors work great for selling the book! Yellow/blue/purple make for a great palette.
I love the dynamic perspective of the trees, and how the sky flags the gal's head.

My main critique is that the gal is not affected by the same light source as her surroundings. The blue lights from the sky are not on her instead she is in white light, and she is not in a gradient like the trees around her. Now, I don't know if changing those things would make it read better on the book, but as for a painting, it will surely help it. The light shadow on her cheek closest to the viewer makes that side of her face a bit flat, while the far side looks rounded.

Don't get me wrong, this painting will do great as a book cover as is! My critique is really just suggestions for later or even a latter painting. Well done on making a very striking book cover! =D
poopydoopers Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Is this going to be real book? Because would Totally buy this!
RA-Meenan Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's the idea, yeah. =D 
Gneiss-chert Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
WOW! This looks amazing! The prototype was great and it looks wonderful all finished!
The contrast in colors as well as the brightness of them in the back ground really pulls you in.  There is good upward flow from the character up to the sky.
A whole lot of story in one image very well done!

i am truly wowed! 
Im putting my head through the wall trying to pick book covers designs for mine! >.<  May I ask how you got the graphic on the left with how the cover looks on the book? That is neat!
hextupleyoodot Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ah, thanks for asking. Forgot to add an attribution there.

The "3D" render was produced by using a photoshop action that converts art on a provided template into that mockup. It's not that hard to do it manually by chopping it up and doing some transforms, but why put in the effort when you can just press a button and have Photoshop do it for you? XP

Added a link to the provider of the action in the description.
Gneiss-chert Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
NP! Ah thank you!

Wish I had photoshop! X( 
I can't afford that right now curses! That is very sweet though!

Congratulations again on the cover! ;)
RA-Meenan Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Gneiss-chert If you're a teacher or a student you can get the entire Adobe suite for 20 dollars a month. It's how I get my photoshop! 
Gneiss-chert Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
AH! Wish I was! Long out of college.
My husband just graduated last june sigh... X(
RA-Meenan Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is the most amazing thing ever. XD THANK YOU!
MC-Katanga Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Judging by this, I don't think you need to worry about not comparing to professionals.

This is exactly the kind of cover I envisioned and it's exactly the kind of cover that would attract attention. The colours and great, the text placement works very well and it really captures the tone of intrigue as well as a sense of scale. It's quite cinematic and the full artwork would make a brilliant poster as well as a cover.
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