April Proko Challenge - Favorite Book Cover with Madi Harper

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Madi Harper is here to judge the April challenge! Prizes provided by Wacom, Sentient Academy, Vision X Live Conference, Canvy, and Proko! Go to the LESSON NOTES tab for RULES.
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Matthew K
Where were the results posted?
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Thibault Soreil
It seems results are not announced yet !
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Shaun
Is there a preferred resolution or canvas size for our final upload? What dimensions should we upload at, as an ideal, or the parameters that would be preferred, so as to not go too small or too large. Thanks much. What a fun contest this has been. Stretching me to my utmost, scrambling for understanding, skill sets, and so much more. Haha. Fun!
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Oscar Q
Hi everybody, I have a question.. What is the max resolution or file size we can submit for the final image? Thanks!
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utatheartist
Hi, I posted two book covers and realized nobody does so. Is that ok?
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Katey Jensma
Hi@utatheartist ! You are allowed more then one entry, but we suggest splitting them into separate posts for the judge.
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RJ Quiralta
I always have a hard time scanning or taking pictures of my artwork! :D these are some pics of my piece, I've finished all the analog work, ink on bristol paper, next is to color it a bit on digital, just a little. :)
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Shaun
Oh my word. Glorious work. Look at that typography! I'm inspired. I have been missing all of this entire comments section this entire time. No wonder things seemed so bleak in terms of community involvement. Wow. Looks great.
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Smithies
Just seen your final! This is so good - fantastic cover!
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Frank Ferrer
Are we allowed to post more than final entry to the challenge? Here are my sketches and WIP images. I did the Raven cover first and then the Lovecraft. If it's ok to post more than one submission I would like to submit the Poe as well and I have a lot of other great ideas for great book covers.
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The Call of Cthulhu Book CVR2
The Call of Cthulhu Book CVR4
The Call of Cthulhu Book CVR BLK
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The Raven & Other Tales Art1
The Raven & Other Tales Art2
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The Raven & Other Tales Art
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Katey Jensma
@Frank Ferrer You are allowed more then one entry, but we suggest splitting them into separate posts for the judge.
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Pasi Leinonen
Few WIP shot
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hobbit work copy 3
hobbit sketch
hobbit thumb1
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Charles Hunter
By limited palett color, does shades and tints are included? So if 1 of my 3 colors is #01b3c7, i can have all the shades and tints of that hex, right? Plus another 2 hexes with shades and tints? Thank you!
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Katey Jensma
@Charles Hunter That is correct!
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Charlene
I believe so. One of the replies from one of the officials below states this: 1. 2-3 colors (and white) with with variety overlays and opacities
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Charles Hunter
Hi! Do we have to create our own typography since it's an illustration challenge? I mean can it be handwritten? Or we use a font that already exist that we try to fit in our drawing? Thank you!
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Katey Jensma
Hi @Charles Hunter the submission will be judged on the "use of typography for the title and author's name". You can create your own font, or use an existing one.
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Jonas Wenzel
I choose the metro book series. Here’s a first little planing sketch. Final piece will be done in watercolour. I Might change to a scene that is a little calmer, not that action orientated
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squeen
Love it.
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Charlene
That's really cool - I'm intrigued. What's this story about?
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shackman
Is there a video planned? I think it's what made the Proko challenges so special, it was so much fun to see all the entries with commentary. The past few challenges it seems to have stopped, I was especially excited to see the odd bot video and could imagine that being quite popular on the channel.
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Katey Jensma
HI @shackman This Proko Challenge will not have an accompanying video. However, the March Challenge will have a video. We have heard support for both video and written feedback results. We will continue producing both formats of Proko Challenges.
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Ana
6mo
Hello! Must we do a cover for a real book that has been published, or are we free to make up a title/author/book idea to illustrate?
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Katey Jensma
Hi @Ana, we highly recommend choosing a real book.
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Mike Crean
do black and white count as colors?
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Mike Pelosi
This should be fun. I have a few questions that I was hoping someone could help me with: 1. What is the definition here of a "limited color palette?" Is the implication that, for example, three primaries (and white) should be used, and different shades/tints of each? The limited palette concept can differ greatly (i.e. watercolorists that use water to create different saturations of washes with a single color vs oil painters that mix from a palette and paint opaquely). 2. Are there certain dimensions we should design around (i.e. 5x7, 4x6, vertical, etc.) 3. Should we aim to be designing our work in the same aesthetic of Madi? Thanks so much, Mike
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Katey Jensma
1. 2-3 colors (and white) with with variety overlays and opacities 2. There is not a specific dimension she is looking for. You do want to aim for your piece to look like a book. 3. You do not have to design your work to be the same aesthetic as Madi. We encourage you to be creative and draw inspiration from the book you are designing.
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Karolina Milarska
I'd add to point 2. question for digital artists: what size in pixels and if there's a format preferred because I've seen all kinds of them, especially in similar easthetic (vertical A5, square, long horizontal).
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paper
Also is it cheating if we illustrate our favorite graphic novel?
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John B
I wouldn't consider it cheating, but I would still avoid it. The point is come up with your own visuals for this challenge and using a graphic novel could take you away from more of the creative aspect of this challenge. However, she is judging it based on composition, traditional feel, and the use of a limited color palette so keep that in mind if you do go with a graphic novel.
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Kata Galambos
Hi, I have a question about the type of book, is this challenge only about children’s books ?
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John B
Good question. It can be any book, but I would avoid comics and graphic novels since those already contain artwork to tell a story and the point of this challenge is to bring a book to life with your own visuals.
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Charlene
Do we need to do a front and back cover spread or is just a front cover fine?
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John B
Front cover should be fine.
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Cold Creature
Can I have some examples of Traditional feel? :) What era/book covers should I look at for inspiration? I'm getting Rupert Bear comic vibes?
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Katey Jensma
Hi @Cold Creature! We added a few more examples of @Madi Harper 's work in the lesson notes.
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