a critique site for book lovers, hosted by author Jude Hardin
This is a very exciting cover that makes me ask questions about the story between the covers! Why is he about to pull his sword? What's beneath the water's edge? Who's brave enough to try and tame the wicked?I also like the deep rich colors that were chosen with the silhouette of the ship in the background. I'd say this cover does what its supposed to do because I will pop out and buy the book right now!
This cover has some really nice elements but overall it's just really busy. The paisley on his coat, the ship, and all of the typefaces and blurb keep the eye jumping around instead of flowing smoothly through. I think the two things that bug me are that his fist seems to be clenching a bare sword and I'd think that would be a little bloody; and the title is just too small and cramped. I don't mind the way the author name is treated, but I'd drop the blurb, tone down his coat, and make the title larger and less tight.
i like it except i agree with robin on the title. too small. and the sword on the bare hand is weird but that's the director who did the photo shoot, not the artist's fault.
There are too many fonts. There is no sense of connection throughout the print. Keep fonts to 2.
Let me say that I agree with everyone else. Wow talk about a busy cover.Fix the sizes and font would be my best advice.