I don’t know why, but a few days ago, late at night, I was thinking about all my “failed” attempts at creating well-crafted cover art.
I was visiting the Final Fantasy Shrine Forums, browsing through all that awesome cover art posted there and I wondered how much time the people over there invest in this creative, time-consuming hobby. Are they as nitpicky as me? Everyone loves his own creations, otherwise we wouldn’t publish it, but for my part it sometimes degenerates a bit. I often spend hours on one single image. I’ve created one cover with thirty-three different font types, only because I wanted to be able to compare them next to each other. To make sure I’m gonna choose the single best one. Sometimes I start off in one direction knowingly that the end result won’t be what I intended to make in the first place. Nonetheless I keep finishing some of those sketches, just because I want to see them for real.
But over the last two years I’ve had some failings as well. All the covers below for some reason or another didn’t pass the quality gate. I won’t go into detail, but each and every one has its flaws which ultimately led me to exclude them from their asociated cover series. Although I have to admit, that while polishing them up during the last days, some of them have grown on me quite a bit.
I guess I’m an obsessed perfectionist and my wife would probably agree with me on that. More than once she had to go to bed alone, because I’d need “only a few more minutes…”
So I’d like to dedicate this entry to her. To make up for all that time.
To make it count.