So I decided to try the same thing, and for the past 3 days whenever I could find time away from life and schoolwork, I've been working on this cover design for "Song of the Daystar". Now that it's finished, I am really, really happy with the outcome. In fact, to be quite honest, I wouldn't mind for this piece to be the REAL cover art for SOTD... with, perhaps, a few tweaks here and there. (Whenever the book get's published, that is). Here's a picture of my finished work; tell me what you think:
Most of this was done with photo manipulation, but there was A LOT of painting involved too. The sphere is (of course) the Daystar itself. This piece is actually from a scene that is in the middle of the book, where Curron (my MC) first touches the Daystar and suddenly the stone comes to life with power, and Curron has a vision of the Creation. Birds, deer, and water are all mentioned in the scene, so I wanted to try to depict that in the cover art as well.
The scene in the stone is pretty much all photo manipulation with the deer, the birds, and the water all coming from different photos that I worked into the background with GIMP. It took me a while to get the color just right for the scene in the stone, but I worked in three different layers and finally got it the way I wanted it: the bottom layer was set to normal, the second layer up was set to burn, and the next layer up was set to normal, and then put at 40.0 opacity.
The hands were done slightly different. They started as a photo manipulation of a free stock image I got of the internet, but then I decided to paint over them entirely because I liked the painted look much better than the photo cropped look. So basically the hands were all re-painted using GIMP. It was difficult to get them to look just right, and I've never been very good at painting hands, but I think they turned out pretty good. Especially with the hight lights coming off of the Title letters, and the slight purple shading (yes, I'm gloating just a little bit, but I really am proud of this accomplishment... the picture turned out way better than I expected it to. ^_^ ).
So anyway, please let me know what you think of it. I'm so excited! Now I feel like I need to go write!!!!