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What a lush cover! I love this new fad of iconographic artwork, but I feel this one is a bit too complex. The light element is nice, and it does keep the cover from being too flat, but there is

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Cover Art Critiques

Gorgeous artwork, fantastic perspective. I love how the dragon fades away so the figure stands out. That’s a great way to keep from cluttering the cover art. And again, my favorite, a limited color palette. The metallic font with the

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Oh, how I adore this cover. Stylistic artwork that holds lots of hints about the story, the time period, the genre, still while sticking with blue, white, and gold. The font matches the time period as well, and the white

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This cover has strong iconography, limited color scheme, and definitely genre-specific. However, I think there’s too much going on. The center symbol (s) has the phoenix, star, and circle, as well as blue lightning. That’s fine. Add a strong title

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Sometimes simple is indeed better. All this shows is a warrior (by the fact he’s literally bristling with weapons) and some mountains with clouds. Yet, the atmosphere promises a lot more. The strong, simple font might be a bit more

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I’ve done several pale/light covers, so it’s time for some darker ones. This one is very dark, very chthulic, with a hint of the ridiculous. The black/green color scheme works fine, though the red scarf seems a bit amorphous, the

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This cover has an intriguing mix of figurative illustration, graphic effect, and a very strong iconography. The bar on the right reminds me of some of the classic novels from the 1960s, as does the font. The upward slant of

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Normally, this would be way too many colors for me. However, this totally works for this cover. The overall night theme and dark blue ties it together, and since this is a fairy tell retelling based on a Chinese story,

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A Rorschach test blob wouldn’t be my first choice for a cover. However, this one is rather intriguing, and I can see the possibilities. After all, why settle for just one, precise image, when you could effectively have dozens of

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This is an unusual color scheme for a figured cover, but it works. The cool blue informs something creepy and mysterious, even though it’s bright and easy to see. The Victorian house in the background tells me it might be

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This is an amazing cover. I adore the illustration, and the subtle puzzle pattern adds questions and intrigue. The color scheme is soft and pleasing, and the unique font, while still perfectly legible, is amazing. I’m a huge fan of

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Limited color scheme? Check. Strong imagery? Check. Atmosphere in the artwork? Check. The only thing I don’t really care for is the red spider symbol. I think it could be better integrated with the background cover art, or placed somewhere

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With any fantasy cover, there’s always the urge to put too much on the cover. You’re trying to define an entire world, after all. However, with just a few iconic images, you can offer a hint of the world-building without

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Cover art critique

Sometimes dragons, magical lights, and fantasy iconography aren’t the right choice. But visual drama always works. This book is simple, almost non-fiction in it’s feel. But it does spell out (literally) that it’s a novel. The simple white figurines with

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This is another haunting cover. I am loving this simple, evocative image. While the overall color scheme is pale, bright, it’s still obviously a dark and poignant story. The hint of handwriting in the background implies letters, correspondence, something nostalgic,

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This is some amazingly strong work. And while her armor isn’t quite practical, at least it’s better than a lot of ‘women’s armor’ you see in illustrations, made only for the male gaze and not actually any protective qualities. The

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This doesn’t look like your typical ‘hard science fiction’ cover, but I love it. It has that lovely limited color palette, and while the silhouettes don’t offer much detail, we don’t need much detail. We know there’s an ensemble cast,

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This book cover is outside my normal area of genre, but it’s intriguing and well-crafted. I normally go for fantasy, historical fiction, or some adjacent genre, and this is cozy historical mystery. So, sort of adjacent, I suppose. The image

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Simple doesn’t have to mean boring. This cover uses that famous limited color pallete and an intriguing icon symbol with appropriate fonts to create an intriguing, strong cover. Now, I think the gilt on the edge frame and the title

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This book cover has all sorts of information without being overwhelming. At immediate glance, it screams time travel and steampunk, but the dark street and the two shadowy figures speak of danger, thrill, and maybe a hint of romance. The

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