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'CLUES' -Final Cover- by kyla79 'CLUES' -Final Cover- by kyla79
Here it is, the (final?) cover of my comic book "Clues"!
Now, I just hope my publishers, and you guys (maybe future readers? ;) ) are happy with it!

I fixed a lot of things (or at least tried to) according to all your wonderful comments! I couldn't thank you enough for pointing out what was wrong with pic, and therefore help me try to fix this beast!

So, this took me 13 hours to color (in a row... I didn't stop) and around 170 layers (one for each little detail... sounds probably ridiculous, but at least, if I have to change a color anywhere, it's much easier!)

I really do hope you enjoy this! Never have I worked this much on a picture! phew!

Oh, and I'm making a print out of this if you want! :D
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Dream-Angel-Artista Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I want colour like you!
YyanaOni Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2012
Could you ever translate it into English?
Please, miss?
I want to read it sooooooooo bad! >.<
kyla79 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012
I'd love to but for the moment, we are a little too busy with my publishers! But maybe one day! thanks for your enthousiasm!
YyanaOni Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012
Thank you for considering it. Good luck with your publishers! :D
Myrrha-Silvenia Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
170 calques ! O.O Quel travail !
Cette couverture est vraiment très aboutie, et a bien évolué depuis le premier jet, c'est très intéressant à observer. Le mouvement, les différentes perspectives et tous les détails sont un plaisir pour les yeux. Autant d'heures de travail n'auront pas été vaines et donnent un sacré beau résultat.
Skywayup Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2010
gorgeous!! i love the movement!!!
Ahh i wish it was available in the states Dx
TwistedHarbinger Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2010
This is amazing!! I wish I could speak french....UGH!! Your style is incredible, so awesome! I'm already loving the characters!
Karmi-Sempai Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Hey there! Karmi-Sempai here!

It's really such a shame that Clues won't be out in English... Still, there's no use denying that it looks so interesting and tempting to buy all thanks to this cover. I mean, your perspective work is awesome, the character designs are well done, and the coloring is rather simple but it produces an old London-ish atmosphere. I also like the combination of traditional shading and cel-shading. Do you ink your works traditionally and color digitally?
MaferPotter Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009
He seems to have such a severe personality... I think poor Emily will have some encounters with him.

This piece goes to my fav's. Thanks for sharing!
Ravendesk Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2009
I REALLY wish I could speak/read French soz i could read this!!! ;_;
dreamboarder Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2009
beautiful :)
Futureperfekt Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2009
*DROOL*....Oh man, I have to read this.... I'm a total Francophile.<3
Morfinn Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2008   Digital Artist
I've been watching your work for some time and i really like it. I think it's the whole victorian/comic style of the characters that appeals to me. I'm writing a book set in a similar time but perhaps a little more georgian than victorian, still I really like your work.
bai-xue88 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
dammit...your awesome illustrations of this comic makes me wish I knew French so I could actually read the story...until then the artz is gorgeous....
bai-xue88 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
dammit...your awesome illustrations of this comic makes me wish I knew French so I could actually read the story...until then the artz is gorgeous....
tabby-fanny Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008
I love this story! Your drawings are great! I would love to buy this book. I don't speak even a little bit french but I'm so eager to read the whole story. Great job. Maybe their will be a english version before I find a translater. That would be wonderful.
OhlookitsMatty Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2008  Professional General Artist
Well I like it and will buy it

BrthrArnold Featured By Owner May 12, 2008
I absolutely love it! The more I look around at your gallery, the more I am falling in love with "Clues." A Victorian comic. You're my hero.

I absolutely love the Gothic/Edwardian sort of feel to this page. It is very gloomy and mysterious indeed! I wish I could read in French. Maybe I should try to learn. [If I am able to buy the comic, then I will certainly come back to tell you].

Fantastic work! :+favlove:
SpoonSeeker Featured By Owner May 6, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
gotta love the perspective and the action! It's genius! me like XD
Peter-the-Fisherman Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2008  Student Artist
When does it come out?
MoldyOnions Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2008   General Artist
whoa that is amazing, but what did you use, flash or something? sry n00b question I suck when it comes to Software ><
kyla79 Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2008
I used photoshop! thanks for your sweet comments!
romther Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
C'est superbe ! je suis jaloux mais je tiens à te remercier car c'est par hasard et grace à ton site que j'ai découvert, alors merci, et indique moi où je peux trouver CLUES, car je vais l'acheter !!
Arinya13 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
I just love the way you draw comics! I especially love the imagination and love you bring to every single piece you create!

Your characters are always so beautiful and interesting and I love your way of painting.

The look on the man's face is priceless - the perfect detective!
kyla79 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2008
thank you so much for taking the time and trouble to comment so many of my pictures with such sweet, heart-warming words! It was really a pleasure to discover all of these in my message box today! :D :hug:
jarod1872 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2008
Great work. I really like how the tunnel turned out, since I remember that was my only complaint about the line art. You done showed me, so I take back my previous criticism. : )
Silvre Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2008
Beautifully coloured, great composition!
Agatha-Macpie Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
bonjour bonjour !
Je suis une petite nouvelle sur deviant perdue au mileu de tous ces anglophones ! Mouarf ^^
Plus sérieusement celà fait de longs mois, que dis-je ? des années que je traine sur ce site et que j'aime à venir sur ta page !
je voulais juste profiter de mon inscription toute fraiche pour te le dire ^^
En tout cas bravo ! Tes recherches pour ta bd (que je m'empresserai d'acheter dès qu'elle sera sortie et disponible dans le point de vente le plus proche ^^) et tes fanarts HP me laissent en admiration !

Une fois de plus bravo et bonne continuation !

zib !

kyla79 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2008
hello! un grand merci pour ton commentaire et tes encouragements! J'espère que tu te plairas sur deviantart! :D
zJoriz Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
Oh, fantastic. Fantastic! This image really speaks for itself.
Sesshys-only-lover Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2008
whats the story about? nice pic by the way
sonkaSlo Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2008
Wow. A lot of work but it's worht it:) Amaizing cover, really:)
QueenEregwen Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2008 I was randomly browsing art, and this came up, and I haven't been following any of your previous work but I freaking LOVE this so I'm faving it. The only reason I'm apologizing for being random is because it seems like a lot of people who have commented have been following your work. But amazing job!!!!!
kyla79 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2008
no prob! it's great to see that people who don't know what it's all about like this anyway! thanks a lot!
Lily-Atelier Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008
Stunning... I love the feel of coldness of the outside, the wind and the darkness... with the contrast of the warm light of the windows.

The wind sweeping the papers, the lantern and the cloak...
and the movement in her hair, skirt, purse... running after him... right????

Wonderful illustration... book cover!! Goes to my fav- fav collection!!!!! :+favlove:
tnperkins Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Looks Sweet! Must read it.
nighttimesymphony Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008
this is amazing... looks REALLY really good - love the textures of the buildings in the background, the movement - the whole picture really blends and flows. really eye-catching... so much goodness to look at!

Good Luck with everything... seriously. this is brilliance!
KirstenChocolate Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2008  Student General Artist
Stagsleap Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yikes! 13 hours straight? I probably would have died. This is a great cover - I would certainly buy/read it at first glance.
ubiquitouspitt Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
Ooh yes - a vast improvement. I think you were just making yourself nervous by overanalyzing your character and so he lost his identity - I do that all the time when I'm working on a big project. Subsequently, I have to send it to a friend for criticism (who usually points out the most obvious daft mistakes). So common. I love this! Particularly your highlights.
Sally-Avernier Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
oups! avait pas encore mise en fav!
kyla79 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
:blushes: ah ben merci beaucoup! Je viens de découvrir ton blog tiens! Au fait, sur mon blog, tu préférerais que je te link sur ton nouveau blog ou tu préfères que je garde le lien vers ta page deviantart?
Sally-Avernier Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008  Professional General Artist
Ben le blog c'est plus simple.
Merci en tout cas!
haffri Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2008
So good. This is so god. Gah. This is so amazingly good.
enginemonkey Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2008
Nice, really nice. I particularly like the limited pallet.

I do agree with the comment about the lamp under the arch. It ought to be in line with the perspective of the key stone and I would use a gradient on the inside of the arch so it gets darker towards the bottom.

His face is marvelous. He has a real look of impatience. Nice highlights on his cloak.
saylem Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
haha! I know this seems redundant but, This is wonderful! You really put a lot of thought into this one! The colors and the perspective are amazingly done. I'm really proud of you going out there and making an awesome indie comic! Yeah!!!
Linkette Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
It's . . . fantastic. <3 I love it! It's so obvious that you put a whole bunch of work into this.
NautilusL2 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Yay it looks so good!
Zoza Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2008
It's the kind of cover that would make me pick up the comic and look through it. That's a really important thing.
klouart Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love that I can see just how much your vision for the book has improved, both from your rough draft to the final cover, and from your older drawings to these newer ones. I may just have to order a copy of the book... even though I've never learned French!
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