by wjw on June 5, 2014

videostar05smallerSo here’s a possible cover for my upcoming story “Video Star.”  I looked long and hard, but failed to come up with any stock art that came close to illustrating the story.  Short fiction doesn’t make enough money to justify commissioning a custom piece of art.  So I was left with a standard SF landscape of some kind, or a picture of some guy with a TV for a head, or maybe . . . this.

I also have a version without the Ralph Steadman splotches.

So what do you think?

Shash June 5, 2014 at 4:54 pm

It doesn’t say “video” to me. It looks like an imitation of a film strip receiving a cigarette burn. To me, the red, the burn and the Ralph Steadman splotches imply speed (or film again), violence, and death. Also, the very young-looking female silhouette, implies (to my VCR-era brain) a story about a porn video star. I do like the clarity of the simple colors. Very attention-grabbing.

The above is my impression without knowing the context of the story. If any of that is in the story, keep it. Otherwise, keep searching.

Peter June 5, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Hey, put a television frame around cyber femme and voila: le video.

Thumbs up to splotches, type and Ralph Steadman. It does look very ’80s. Is that what you were going for?

Shash June 8, 2014 at 8:57 pm

Peter, that television/monitor frame is a good idea to imply video, though it might make the simple colors less arresting. Perhaps a plain black silhouette or outline?

DensityDuck June 10, 2014 at 9:14 pm

It looks like a screenshot from “The Abyss”.

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