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This cover rocks. The composition is nicely balanced. The palette is limited, (a good thing), and complementary colors add the zing. The fact there's more than one moon lets me know this a paranormal wolf story, yet it doesn't try to look like all the other paranormal covers out there. Nicely done. (I'm an artist, been to art school.)
Me again. More on the composition: a horizon line that cuts a composition in half is usually avoided because it's static. Here, it works because the wolf and the title are at opposing diagonals and the figure is left of center. The eye travels from the subtitle at the bottom, up the wolf, to the figure, across the title to the tree and up to the author's name. All good. The only thing I might change is to add a bit more (not too much) of the orange at the top near the darkest spot between moons. It's the only place the eye goes and stays.
Jane, your comments on the composition are interesting. But, to me, it's all just a bit too busy. I also think the text gets a little lost in the background. There's not enough contrast.
(Eric – Still can’t post using my Google ID)Overall I do like the artwork. It has a very fantasy feel with the many planets/moons. It also give me a YA vibe and I am not sure why. The text on the other hand does not work for me. The squiggle text for the title doesn’t stand out enough. The other text is small and a bit hard to read. I would agree with Merrill that there just is not enough contrast for the text to stand out.
Paranormal romance. Love the cover - I love wolves. It doesn't look busy to me, but then, I'm not a graphic artist.Hmm...Anonymous might be on to something wrt YA. I think it's the sketchy font of the title that suggests that (at least to me it does).