I'm pretty sure it's a painting, the colors are probably due to the image and not the work itself. If you'll remember, the preview of volume 35's cover had neon green tentacles on it, while the real deal was a lot more subdued. I don't expect any miracles, but the actual cover will probably be a bit more palatable.Walter said:Also there's something off about the colors here. Miura generally (always) paints his covers. This one doesn't look painted, or if it is, it's hard to tell given the resolution. I wonder if this is his colorization or someone else's?
Agreed. Putting Prome alone on the cover would have been ''riskier'', way more subtle but less attractive when putting Goura would have been obviously attractive but would partially ruin the exposure.Walter said:I think it was quite brave to NOT put Goura on the cover. I've been pretty vocal about this on the podcasts, but I think Goura's design and the episodes that feature it are the standout pieces of Gigantomakhia.
Johnny Apples: 1 | Foreshortening: 0Johnny Apples said:The way Delos is depicted on the tankobon cover art in a way reminds of the way Guts was on the first volume of Berserk, which in of itself wasn't exactly the best of Berserk covers. You only see the head, and the cloak-covered shoulders. Nothing else. The rest of the body is absent altogether.
Ouch! To be fair, I think Miura still exercises his trademark skill in this cover, which might not be as obvious right now due to the lower resolution. The details in Prome's face, for example, are very delicate. I think that he was trying to do something different and it backfired a bit. It's too bad that it didn't work out, but I do like that he continues to experiment with the limits of his skill as an artist. I think that's a good sign.Johnny Apples said:I expected the Gigantomakhia cover art to feature Delos and Prome. But I didn't think it would be something so drab and unimaginative. From Delos' goofy facial expression, to the overhead point of view of the two characters and the complete absence of background art... it's just wrong and is not contextually or stylistically representative of the great story contained within. In fact, if I was randomly shown that cover art without being told beforehand that it is Miura's work, I'd think that this must be some mediocre shonen manga by a no name author. I just refuse to believe that Miura himself would have come up with something so paltry looking
Yes, Miura's always been rather experimental with his covers, trying out different styles and such. And he often goes out of his comfort zone in general, especially when it comes to angles and perspective. I think Johnny Apples' criticism is overly harsh here and doesn't take the difficulty of that angle in consideration. Not that it excuses everything of course.Grail said:Ouch! To be fair, I think Miura still exercises his trademark skill in this cover, which might not be as obvious right now due to the lower resolution. The details in Prome's face, for example, are very delicate. I think that he was trying to do something different and it backfired a bit. It's too bad that it didn't work out, but I do like that he continues to experiment with the limits of his skill as an artist. I think that's a good sign.
I completely disagree with what you're saying. If anything, Delos appears to be older on the cover than he does in the manga, and the style of the cover goes for a somewhat more "realistic" style too, or at least not a more cartoonish one.Johnny Apples said:But Delos? On that cover, the poor guy's face hardly resembles how he originally looked in the manga. He appears much more cartoonish, and far less three dimensional here than he is in the manga. His head is very round and looks smaller than it's supposed to be, and combined with the weird facial expression and the way his eyes and facial features are shaped and sized, ironically enough, he's the one who ends up appearing more child-like.
I don't believe you speak for anyone but yourself here.Johnny Apples said:And I think this is what bothers me and many others about this particular cover.
Miura's done some less-than-perfect covers before, and as Grail mentioned this one is actually reminiscent of volume 36's. Stop making wild assumptions when you clearly have nothing to back up what you're saying. "Decades-long formula" for Berserk covers? There's no such thing.Johnny Apples said:Miura, having mastered throughout his career all the ins and outs of his craft, he knows how to draw anything and everything, from video game covers to postcards. He could have easily come up with something far better than this
Hmm, is it some kind of special edition of the cover? I dont mind the green on the eyes and logo but the hair and dress seems a little too much unless its suppose to look different in person. Glow in the dark maybe? Having the logo and Prome's android-like eyes glowing in the dark staring at you, that'd be pretty neat.IncantatioN said:Young Animal's Facebook page showed the cover in a slightly different color.