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Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality Cover by Mike-Obee-Lay Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality Cover by Mike-Obee-Lay
So this was a project I did in my Photoshop class last semester. The assignment was to make a cover for any book of choice. I chose the fanfic Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. My instructor was fine with it being a fan made book. He told me it was too busy. Now that I see it I understand what he meant... So what do you guys think?

Ps. I don't own Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling does.
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draconiceclipser Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2013
This is very well done, busy or not.
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Mike-Obee-Lay Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
wow, thanks :D
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rouge568 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Really cool! This is probably the closest thing to a professional cover I've seen yet - much better than the others!

One small critique - it looks like the snapping fingers are holding either a wand or a wisp of smoke. Which is a cool effect, but it means that the eyes are drawn from the hand first (because it has the most detail and is on top of all other elements), up this line to the crotch. Which I don't think you want as the center of focus :P
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Mike-Obee-Lay Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2012
Hmm... I never noticed that before... It's just the space between the legs... interesting...
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DarthParallax Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is perfect. I beg you not to change it. I like the other covers I've see for movie posters, webpages, and the like, but this one I think perfectly summarizes most of what is important. The Vitruvian Patronus is BLOODY BRILLIANT!
Your instructor is mistaken about it being too busy- look at other Harry Potter covers and you'll see there's actually a lot going on in 1, 2, 3, 4, and 7.
I happened to like 5 the best, but that was only after reading it, and in my opinion 6 wasn't nearly a busy enough cover.

You are now my #2 fav. DeviantArt Methods artist, after Dinosaurusgede, and that's only cuz he's done so much. The covers have always been my favorite fan arts, and each new one is better than the last!

Please do a back cover, or see if you can collaborate with one of the other cover artists to adapt the two covers together. I think the Crystal Ball and Snapping Fingers would make a good back cover to this- anyone else agree? :D :D :D :D :O :O :O :O
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Mike-Obee-Lay Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
wow... you put me right up there with dino-gede... that's pretty high up there... Thank you for all of this praise, it means a lot to me... ummm... what do I say to all this?...

Ps. (spoiler alert [maybe {if you haven't read up to the newest chapter}]) What do you think Harry will do to save Hermione? :?
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DarthParallax Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013
How much did Anakin Skywalker do to save Padme?

I THINK the author MIGHT be cruel enough for that.....:)
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DarthParallax Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
If you *do change it, at least consider preserving all the elements from this version, but maybe stretching them across front and back covers. But this is super epic, and VERY close to being what I would want to see sold from the shelves. I hold out the hope that one day JK Rowling actually phones LessWrong to talk about making this publishable. I'm sure the legal work would be difficult, but I'm equally sure that if Rowling chose to support it, it would happen. Someone, please, beg her to do this.
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Fireymoonlight Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2012
Awesome! As much as I love the symbols at the bottom but I think it sticks out too much, maybe keep the snapping fingers but remove the fire and happy face?? Love the designs though!
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Mike-Obee-Lay Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Thanks!
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BoundPromethius Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012
Just lose the three icons at the bottom, and you're good to go. The central image says everything that needs saying, and says it well.
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EliezerYudkowsky Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
Nice! Please email me at yudkowsky at gmail with your desired cameo name!
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Mike-Obee-Lay Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
OH! cool! ... I have no idea what my name should be... hmm...
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NachoTheTrekkie Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Oh, I'm not the only one who misses the time when MOR was still going...

Well, anyway; considering that you used drawings for the other two army coats of arms, your flicking hand should have also been a drawing. Furthermore, I might have sized the three of them smaller and/or distributed them in an inverted triangle around the rational man sketch, so they would reinforce it rather than feel crammed around it.

Do like your work, though.
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Mike-Obee-Lay Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Thanks, I'll keep that in mind if I ever do photo-manipulation again. And I'll try to keep it in mind for general composition of my work. Thanks again! :D
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MarkusRamikin Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Very nice.

However, I think you cramped in too much stuff. Spacing is important.
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Mike-Obee-Lay Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Thanks for the feedback! it's always appreciated! :D
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LadyAsher Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
it is a bit busy - I think just the Vitruvian image would have been enough, perhaps with the snapping fingers as well - but I LOVE it. Looks great =)
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Mike-Obee-Lay Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
My teacher thought the same thing, and I can see where he's coming from. Thanks for the feedback! :D
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Harry-Potter-Addict Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
Very cool! :D Shows the important aspects very well! Well done :3
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Mike-Obee-Lay Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012
thank you! :D
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