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Way of Kings Cover Art
« on: March 02, 2010, 05:40:45 AM »
A lot of you have probably seen this, but for everyone else, the Way of Kings Cover Art has been posted.

The Tor.com post about it: http://www.tor.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=blog&id=58815




Pretty good. I was kind of disappointed when I first saw the cover, but the final picture in the article (the full print) is awesome, and the cover is growing on me.

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Re: Way of Kings Cover Art
« Reply #1 on: March 02, 2010, 07:15:48 AM »
It's growing on me too
At first I thought, what? What's the ridiculous outfit he's got on? Then I looked at the preliminary drawings and realized - wow wait a minute, that's one of those giant storms we've been hearing about! I really like the sense of scale

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Re: Way of Kings Cover Art
« Reply #2 on: March 02, 2010, 08:33:28 AM »
At first glance it looked like he was holding an umbrella.... which would make more sense than a sword, really, with that big ol' storm brewin'.
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Re: Way of Kings Cover Art
« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2010, 08:45:36 AM »
I really like this cover, and when I saw the full wrap-around photo I loved it.  It looks awesome!
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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2010, 09:07:23 AM »

It's very fitting.  I very much like it.
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Re: Way of Kings Cover Art
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2010, 04:10:17 PM »
it's michael whelan's art! i love his stuff, it's always more than first glance.

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Re: Way of Kings Cover Art
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2010, 06:46:53 PM »
I can't wait to see this sitting on my bookshelf.  But that will have to wait until after it's been in my hands for several hours.
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Re: Way of Kings Cover Art
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2010, 07:11:57 PM »
Amazing work. Love the wrap around. As an artist, I love seeing another artist's thought process so it's quite inspiring.
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Re: Way of Kings Cover Art
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2010, 09:42:01 PM »
So, I don't much care for the way the front cover looks.  The entire picture including the wrap-around is awesome.  But just the front cover?  Not so much.

And question:  Was I the only to think, "That's one freaking long sword that dude has," before realizing that somewhere behind the title, the line of the sword turned to the bright blue line on the storm's edge?  Was this done on purpose?  I've seen so many people freak out about stuff like this when it comes to book cover art.  Granted, there may be a legitimate reason for it (something cool from Brandon's brain that we don't know about), but if not, why?  Totally threw me for a loop the first time I saw it.
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Re: Way of Kings Cover Art
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2010, 10:11:40 PM »
I agree with you WriterDan about the wrap around being much better than the front side.  I personally feel that the typography obscures what is going on in the picture.

And just in the way of info, the sword is supposed to be long.  In fact, I think it actually looks a tad shorter than how I imagined it in the novel.
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Re: Way of Kings Cover Art
« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2010, 12:34:52 AM »
Yeah.  Once I really squinted at the picture, I could tell that the actual sword was pretty long.  It just looked like the thing extended all of the way off the left hand side of the cover.  :)  Now THAT'S a long sword.
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Re: Way of Kings Cover Art
« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2010, 03:32:52 AM »
I like it. :D But, the writing is covering the sword and the flag. That's irritating me. :P

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Re: Way of Kings Cover Art
« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2010, 06:36:03 AM »
The front cover is already impressive enough, but the wrap around gives a huge sense of scale.  I can't wait to experience one of these giants storms!

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Re: Way of Kings Cover Art
« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2010, 02:18:03 PM »
What do you guys think about the size of Brandon's name in that layout? I know Marketing 101 says it's his name that sells more than the title or the cover, but does it need to be THAT huge? Would it not work just as well at 80% of that size, allowing the title to rise and cease obscuring the sword and flag so much?

The wraparound is going to make a beautiful poster someday, I bet.

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Re: Way of Kings Cover Art
« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2010, 04:53:19 PM »
Mailed off a print of this to a friend on his mission... gonna drive him INSANE!!!
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