05/24/13

The Beast of Maug Maurai: Book II – Cover Reveal

Hi everyone,

The cover for book II of THE BEAST OF MAUG MAURAI (book title: Feeding the Gods) is ready!  It’s similar to the cover for the first book, but more so. I’m all gushy over this one. It took ages to get the helmet to look right, but I think I got it to where it needs to be. What do you think? I know the shield in the first book cover was all rusted and rotting and stuff, and I had initially planned to do the same with this helmet. But while I was working I had this vision of the helmet reflecting the forest, and sort of shining brightly. So deal with it. ;)

<TECHNICAL STUFF>For those of you into graphic design, the helmet was a TurboSquid purchase. I could have made one, but it would have taken me a long time and probably wouldn’t have come out as good as this one. I brought the .obj model into Maya and mapped the forest to an environment texture in the Reflection Color attribute. It took me about two hours of fiddling with the lights and the texture settings to get it to look right. The glow in the visor is a point light with glow effects, enhanced in Photoshop with several layers of paint with outer glows.I used a Lens Blur on the forest to make it fade into the background a bit, something I probably should have done on the first cover.</TECHNICAL STUFF>

I’m really looking for feedback on this, so please let me know your thoughts. Mercy buckets.

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