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Saffron gatherer by melongray Saffron gatherer by melongray
yay i'm back but this time not with vector or illustration work. Well it's been awhile since the last time i made a surreal collage (photo manipulation).

Recently,I've been requested by a friend to design a book cover for his personal novel, The Saffron Gatherer . This is the first idea of the design. What do you think?. C&c are most welcome.

Stock photos are from :

Hands - Nadija
Flowers - Sassy Stock
background - neoikeia
butterfly - shoofly-stock
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:icondewacinta88:
dewacinta88 Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2009
:D nice work..
haha.. tgn awek mane tu?
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fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
i love the concept and overall look of this piece! i dont usually like photomanips, furthermore surrealist ones, but this has a different feel to it - a more refined, graphic vibe with a tinge of neo-modernist retro? i think i get that from the crisp geometric shapes which really give the design character. esp love the work done on the spiralling wrist.

the only thing i really want changed is the middle hand that looks super low-resolution! the edges around the fingers (especially where they overlap) don't look very well done, and its really a pity to an otherwise very attractive and commercial-ready book cover.

there also seems to be a little bit of a blue feathering/drop shadow at the edges of the wrist area of the middle hand? i think that may need a bit of fixing too. and i think you might have missed one more 'infront' section of the wrist on the bottom-most curl, but it could have been your intention to leave that out.

i really hope these comments help you! pls don't take it as bad criticism, i really love the work A LOT! its really rare for me to feel and type so much for a photomanip work. :#1:
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melongray Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
wow, thax fuzzyzebro for such a good C&c.well, most of the people will say something about the middle hand and you guys are totally right. maybe i need to put some more effort on it. btw, this is not for commercial book cover and it wont be published. It;s just for self-satisfaction collection.:highfive:

~ cheers
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fuzzyzebra Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
np, cheers! :D
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iCekRiMe Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
so dali..:D love it.. that arm makes me remeber frida :heart:
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obefiend Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
idea is nice.... but something is not quite right about the colour matching antara tangan, background dan element lain macam saffron dan rerama

tapia ku suka the idea dia. surrelistic macam Dali memang antara style art kegemaran aku

knowing you i bet this time next year art engkau akan makin hebat. this is just a start. aku tak pernah lagi tengok engku buat photomanip. selalu vektor. so keep up the good work. u have the talents bro
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melongray Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2009
Wah, thanks bro, terharu ^_^
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mrazz Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
bro!
sangat cantik.
remind me of [link]

but, the edges of the hand tu buang lagi satu pixel ke. or maybe blur kan..

obviously its not real, tapi edges tu buat nampak cut-out.

and the writer's name tak nampak sangat..

other than that, sangat menarik.

:)
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melongray Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
Yups , Drahomira. He is one of my biggest inspirational artist. i found about him in Idn (internatonal design network).
Pasal tgn tu mmg sengaja bg nampak cut out dgn menambah sedikit effect HDR. sbb nak bg nampak collage - the main concept.
The writer's name, yup You are right. maybe kn tuka kaler font or tambah bold sket kn. anyway,
thanks for the c&c. :hug: :highfive:
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mrazz Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2009
heh.
yup, drahomira's artwork cun gila!

owh like that.
its fine then. :)

c&c untuk kebaikan semua. haha.
hope to see more artworks soon.
but not from me.
sibuk tgh wat bende lain.
haha
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nimbusnymbus Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
saya cinta tangan nadia hahaha
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melongray Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
tp saya lebih suka tangan nadija. hahaha
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nimbusnymbus Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
hehehe uiks nadija pon ada kaa?
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nimbusnymbus Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
ni geng2 salvador dali and rene magritte ni huhu
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melongray Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
Haha aku x brapa kenal dorang ni sbnarnya. tp thx da kenal sekarang.
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nimbusnymbus Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2009  Professional General Artist
hehe 2 orang tu bapak isme surrealisme...kalo ko minat style surrealist...refer la work dieorang huhu
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huzza-tbg Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
semart bro! love the idea! =D
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melongray Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2009
thanks huzza-tbg
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