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Volume 1 Cover by artsangel Volume 1 Cover by artsangel
This is, hopefully, the cover of the printed version of The Phoenix Requiem volume 1.

Hence the big empty space at the top, which is where the words are to go :)

I have no idea how many hours it took. Lost count. Big thanks to all the people who gave me feedback!

Graphic Novel is here: [link]
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This is my first attempt at a critique? D8 But..

This is an amazing work! The setting and postures of the characters fit together perfectly for a novel/book cover. :heart: the lighting is spectacular as well. The whole composition leads the eye around the painting from the girl's body to her face, then to the man which seems to be the 2nd focal point, to observe what she's looking at.
Her expression is very gripping as well.

If I do have crits though~ This composition seems to be of the more mysterious type, and makes the audience wonder who the man is, what are those spirits grabbing around him, what is the woman thinking, what relationship does she have with the man, etc. But it seems to me that for this kind of setting, the colors throughout the picture are too vibrant. The more intense colors might be used on the man and the woman's face, but then the building in the background and her fur jacket might be greyed down and shaded so that there is less contrast to catch the eye. Then there is a more mysterious and somewhat creepy outlook to match the "story" that onlookers think of.

I don't draw people well, so the colors and shading are my only critique. Other than those tiny things, this entire painting is incredibly well done!! :heart: Fantastic job!
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rashidjarral Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
really I love this please tell me Which tool you used for this 
Agacora Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Why does this conjure up "Doctor Who" and specifically the Tenth Doctor, Davaid Tenant?
ValerieToskodes Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So very beautiful...

*Chuckles* Jonas and his gravity-defying hair.
AtroposLillith Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011  Student Photographer
How do you create an artwork like this??? I have been trying to find out the medium I would use for something like this....
xYume-no-Shirox Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
This really is my favourite piece of artwork right now. I honestly cannot describe how much I am in love with it so I'll just leave the comment at that ^^;
LadyTzatziki Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this scene is beautiful! you did an amazing job. i just started reading the comic and i absolutely love it
MikeMoroney Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011  Student General Artist
She looks like katara! :O
pandaarya Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
theres a hand... lol! but seriously, this is beatiful and i cant wait to purchase all the books :)
JericaWinters Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
Hi, I just wanted to say I'm impressed with how many pages you can get done. I still have to sit down and read the whole novel but I opened pages at random and I think your stuff is awesome. Wow, only 4-5 hours on each page is what I think you said in your faq.... I'm working on my own Web comic but it is taking me a lot longer than 4-5 hours per page...I'm afraid to time myself I'm so turtle slow.

Anyways, keep up the fantastic work!
OneMind08 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011
Aw, I love this picture and I also love your novel! I discovered it very recently and devoured every published page! Please keep up the wonderful work!
Cacashi Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Student General Artist
i love this, the tones are nice and elegant
rose-faerie Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
I am exceedingly excited at the prospect of this being a printed work! Your comic is beautiful and wonderfully written (and I have to admit that I am a little bit in love with Jonas Faulkner).

This cover is gorgeous, and fits very well.
LillaMamman Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
fantasyofmana Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought that man was the Doctor for a sec XD But this is amazing!!! You have a TON of talent!
Macabeak Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010   Digital Artist
Ooh, the spirits were a nice subtle touch. One of those "when you see it" things. <3 Only nitpicks are that it's not as smooth as your usual work, and the highlights on her hair don't seem quite right. (There seems to be very little circular shape to her head where the hair is)
artsangel Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This image is over a year old now, what 'usual work' are comparing it to? Of course it's not going to be as good as most of what I've done since :)
Macabeak Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010   Digital Artist
Ahh! Silly me, I didn't realize it was that old XD Your coloring style has smoothed out since then (as I see every Monday and Thursday >_> )
crayonmaniac Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
this is very tender, very beautiful, very frail, I love it!
excelladon Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Student General Artist
Nicely done.
Vermouth19 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh wow this is absolutely gorgeous!!
Ldn-Wanderer Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
Beautiful! i love the misty, soft colors :D
storm-nightie Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm just in love with your art! I'm gonna check the graphic novel out too:D
Skilly-n-Duff Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2010  Student
I feel cold. *shivers* Lovely mood, lighting, and composition!
Ikonion Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
It has great emotion. This slight unstable bitterness, this slight fear of loss. Just great!
francobug Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
wow! amazing
jacmac Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
Ohmigosh, YOU!

I discovered your comic via The Meek, and I've got to say I'm more than impressed and SO GLAD I stumbled across your DA.
jacmac Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2010
That said, this picture is so beautiful. :D
Wolfenlied Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Brilliant cover! Love the graphic novel. :)
funny-ann Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
nice, and i love it!
tenko72 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
I like that comic. This looks great. I really like how their outfits turned out and the cool colors look so nice.
PhantomTeacup Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2009
The one critique I can think of is that the snowflakes look too round. Perhaps if you gave them a rougher, more ragged shape? They look like they were just thrown in as an afterthought, especially compared to the snow on the ground and in Anya's hair.

Other than that, it's beautiful.
Bubble-Bunny Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
Amazing as allways! When does the printed volume come out? I love the story so I plan to buy it :)
artsangel Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Next year some time :)
FallenYangeL Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009
I love it, the background is stunning yet subtle and the expression on her face is so full of feeling.
eightcrows Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2009   Traditional Artist
Katara and the 10th Doctor: a love that could never be.
Wendy-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009
you win forever
eightcrows Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009   Traditional Artist
Why, thank you. :bow:
chibi-houkou Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2009
It's a wonderful cover. Very fitting for you great webcomic.
authoressarktos Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
sherisesearly Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009
The hand on his leg is my favorite part of this. It's hardly even noticeable at first, and then when you see it, you can't unsee it.
SailingBreezes Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree with ~rogueglitter; book covers, especially comic book/graphic novel covers, need to be brighter and more eye-catching than you would think. While this picture is fine for online gallery display, you'll definitely want a version with upped saturation for printing. Joshua Middleton explains it much better in his post here [link]

Anyway, this is gorgeous work! I look forward to the day when "Phoenix Requiem" finds its way to print :)
rogueglitter Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2009
I would have to disagree on the critique about the contrast on the cover. You WANT your cover to be eye catching! Covers should be something that draws someone in, instead of being dulled down for them to easily pass over. You don't want to blend in. As for the colors, I like them as well. It's a night shot, and I think the purples in Anya's dress add to the hints at a romantic undertone in the story. Also, it contrasts nicely with the light of the lamp. Also the negative space created with the white snow is nice. Overall, I think it's defiantly compelling piece, perfect for the first cover.
israel8491 Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2009
Beautiful art as usual. How can you be so mean to Jonas in the comic? Just make Anya kiss him already. The poor boy deserves a break :)
Also, is it just me, or does Anya's hair magically get shorter somewhere around Chapter Three? I know I'm not going crazy... Her hair is really long for the first few chapters, but it gets much shorter after. What's up with that?
artsangel Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ever heard of a haircut? :p

Anya gets a haircut between winter and spring. Robyn's hair grows a bit longer and he has it in a ponytail for a while before evenually getting it cut during summer. Petria is trying to grow her hair out longer so hers gradually grows. It's little touches like that which makes characters more believable, yanno?
archerpwr Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
I love your work!
SwimInSilence Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
Oh, my!
IchigoSan26 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
I am completely speechless. Really. You've come so far from Inverloch. Just... Wow.

You should post one with the logo at the top so we can get the full effect of the cover!
graywhisper Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
All I can ever say when it comes to your work is "wow".

so, wow. O_O
unoalien Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2009
How the hell do you do this?

Just frickin' unbelievable. Its art like this that proves how digital means can prove just as intense as old fashioned art productions.
JLBlacksmith Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2009
I like how you did the shades atounf Jonas's legs
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