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Spectrum of the Dark cover by invent-a-shell Spectrum of the Dark cover by invent-a-shell
I'm REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY hoping someone will want to publish this!!!

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ObloquyCondemed Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
I can't imagine why someone wouldn't publish this.
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2009
It's too weird. :P
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Taralen Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008  Professional General Artist
Incredible!!!! Looks like a published work! 8D
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2008
Thankyou!
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MBryn Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008  Professional Writer
Whoa! This is so amazing!

Another aspiring author here. I can't imagine why this wouldn't be picked up by someone in the publishing biz.

I want an autographed copy!
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008
:) Thanks.

It looks like it wasn't chosen though... or someone would have got in contact with me by now. :( I think i'm gonna become a graphic designer instead. :P
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MBryn Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2008  Professional Writer
Still, it looks really cool. I have the feeling you'll make a fantastic graphic designer. :D
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008
Thanks
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MBryn Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2008  Professional Writer
No problem.
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ebony66136 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2008
Hee hee. Sounds like an insane book and the cover is brilliantly quirky. :D
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008
Thankyou!
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YumiMana Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007
Aspiring to publish a picture novel for older readers someday (hopefully) I would definitely buy this one. I love the colours, you are absolutely fantastic in choosing them, the description is catching, and the owl is awesome. :D The seal, too. Why would a seal be wandering around a forest?! Do we get to find out?
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2007
Haahaa, I'll post the story up here at some point so people know what the dicken's is going on in the majority of my work! =D

Thanks so much for the encouraging words. It's really appreciated. :)
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artqueen23 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2007
antonia- I can tell your unique style from a mile away you are always going to be one of my favorites:blush:
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2007
:) Thanks. You made me smile. I love your art too! =D
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m4g1c4lm3 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
oh this looks like it would be amazing published. best of luck!
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
:) Thanks. That REALLY means a lot to me. :)
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m4g1c4lm3 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
Have you sent it out yet?
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
I'm gonna start my militant email spamming of publishers end of next week methinks. ;P
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m4g1c4lm3 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2007
;) I really hope it gets accepted!
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2007
Ta!
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iskra-chan Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007
simply beautiful. can't see why it can't be published. i would, with great pleasure )
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2007
:)

Thankies. you!!! =D
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dogtopus Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007  Hobbyist
OOOOH!!

Highly dig! : D : D

Not sure about the repitition of Toasted Sandwiches though, it'd be nice to kinda expand a little on the theme of the book in that back page paragraph imo, 'cos it's what we've already read, and it makes the book seem like it's about less, if you know what I mean. Tease! Tease and cause curiosity! : D

I'm not all about how the "Dark" hits his head, either; it kinda grounds just the K to his head, 'cos a lot of its important points kinda end up there. Maybe make the Dark bigger, so there's more overlap but less connection to the head.. or move the text up a little, or sommat. I dunno. : D The "Dark" feels a little too far right anyway, tbh. : )

But yeah, this is my favourite thing so far from you, i think! : D : D Henry is so coool! D
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007
Henry is the shorter one... but I thought his brother looked cooler too so I put him in front... I probably shouldn't have done that! ;P Oh well!!! ~^O^~

I'm hoping that the title doesn't look too far too the right when i've made it into a book cover, but I definately know what you mean. :( As for Dark penetrating William's head, I tried for AAGGGEESS trying to get it right. This was the best I could get it... I think in order to get it better, i'd have to zoom out on the picture slightly which would involve re-scanning the thing. >_____< but if it has to be done, it'll have to be done...

... and if I had my way, toasted sandwiches would be drawn and written AAAAAAAAAAAAALLLL over the place... just because I like them... the book itself only mentions them once in passing! =D =D =D
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kandinsky-prince Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007
Cool!! Is this a novel? Or a comic? :?
Love the two characters. They look so Eeeenglish :XD: Also: teh lighting! :heart:!!
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007
'tis neither... it's a picture book for older readers... which is why i'm doubtful it'll ever be published... my best bet so far that i've been able to find is Templar Publishing... they are ALL the goodness... however, i'm sure some of the other bigger publishers like Egmont and Random House may at least want to take a look at it O~o?
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kandinsky-prince Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007
Oh my gosh yes! Yeah .... I tell you what, I'll try and think of some suitable people to really pitch hard at! But really I suggest you try everyone you can think of regardless! You never know! You should REALLY get a comicspace account too ... I'm serious, I've been contacted a couple of times for work from random people and places. It can't hurt at all! It's free exposure! :D
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007
:)
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vforvengeance Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007
Can't wait to see it published...:rose: The front guy's right hand seems to merges with the guy in rear. Me think the shadows and contrasts can be more intense since they're both using a kerosene lamp. You go, girl:rose:
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007
Trust me, i'd LOVE to increase the contrast, but the thing's already too darn dark for a kid's picture book and it'll also make the boys look luminous, which I also don't want! TT_TT

You're right about the hand thing tho... i noticed that after i'd finished painting and I just wasn't arsed to change it at the time... but maybe just before I go visit publishers i'll change it.

There's also a bit where one of the owls "ears" melds with the tree trunk in the background, but you can't see it happening on here cos of the blue background for the text.
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vforvengeance Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007
I see, I thought it can be more spooky...
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saltyshadow Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
it looks very special, I think they would!
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007
*fingers crossed!*

O~o
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FPortugal Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007
This is great, Antonia! I mean REALLY GREAT. :clap:
I like the character design and the illustration is just beautiful with all the blue of the sky above piercing through the leaves.
Is it ready? Judging by the cover it seems very thick. Also one more dumb comment: the gaze on his face reminds me of One Piece manga, and I love it!! :D
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007
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Thankies muchly!!! You've made my day!!! =D The idea for this story has been floating round in my head now for several months but I decided I had to wait until my style had matured enough to be able to use it... i'm not sure it's THAT mature yet... but i've gotta do it sometime... so here goes! @___@

I've only done the front cover so far but fortunately the image used here doubles as one of the pages *sneaky, sneaky* and so i've only got to finish the dummy book and maybe three more pages then i'm gonna go out there and force/beg people to give me work! RARGH!!! =D
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FPortugal Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007
I'm impressed, you really go after what you want and I admire that. Good luck with the forcing/begging. :blowkiss:
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2007
:)
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invent-a-shell Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007
Oh and sorry for the long reply! I'm pretty fired up about this at the moment. Woohoo! =D
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pixieface Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007
"OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHH!!!" gasped the crowd!

XDXDXDXD
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pixieface Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2007
OH! IT IS SEXY! :D

I just love all the detail! Goddamn, that is a book I would READ! Just the tagline on the front makes me insanely happy - I wanna know the toasted sandwiches bit!

Get published or suffer many ticklings! :hug:
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