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need help making a graphic

I need a graphic for my interview with Dan tomorrow night - actually a photo, but I'm a bit uncomfortable passing pictures of myself around. I mean, I do it occasionally but I try to minimize it and keep it to friends. So I started playing around with an illustration of Smaug done by John Howe and some of my favorite quotes that might be appropriate to what I image Dan and I will be talking about.

Here are two possibilities I produced this afternoon. Nothing fancy, just cropping and text overlay in MS Paint:


1.

2.


I'm not particularly crazy about either one of them; the second quote is better, I think, but it was longer so I made the text smaller and am not sure how it works as a graphic.

Thoughts? Do you like them? Does anyone who has some time this afternoon and who is good at image-work think they can do better? I'd love to have someone more skilled than I am clean it up...

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mrowe
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
I'm willing to have a go if you like... Do you have a (link to a) textless version of the illustration?

Edited at 2012-06-13 07:13 pm (UTC)
marta_bee
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:14 pm (UTC)
I'd appreciate that. You can download the art from John Howe's webpage (linked above). I'm most interested in using the Hamlet quote, if you can do a better aesthetic job than I was able to. But I'd need whatever you can come up with by early tomorrow afternoon (U.S. Eastern time) at the latest.

Thanks!
marta_bee
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:18 pm (UTC)
I seem to have messed up putting in the link to Howe's original, above. Shall fix that now.

Here's the textless art: http://www.john-howe.com/portfolio/gallery/details.php?image_id=4&mode=search
mrowe
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:25 pm (UTC)
Great, got it.

Umm, to save timezone headaches... how many hours from now do you need it? *g*
marta_bee
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
Fair point on the timezones! Why don't we say twenty hours from now?
marta_bee
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:28 pm (UTC)
(twenty hours = tomorrow 11:30 AM my time. That's a little earlier than I need it, so if you are running late there's a little wiggle-room, but it's probably a good target)
mrowe
Jun. 13th, 2012 08:21 pm (UTC)
Have a look, and I'll see your comments in the morning...
mrowe
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:39 pm (UTC)
No problem... That gives me more than enough time to make something, sleep, and see if I still like it in the morning *g*
mrowe
Jun. 13th, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC)
Ugh, for some reason LJ is not keeping my replies in-thread...
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