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5E Which Is Better: Regular or Alternate Cover Art For Theros?

Which is better?

  • Regular

    Votes: 90 54.9%
  • Alternate

    Votes: 74 45.1%

  • Total voters
    164
Here's a look at the full art pieces for the covers of Mythic Odysseys of Theros. The first is the regular, and the second is the alternate cover. Which is better?

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JeffB

Legend
On the original cover-The spear lines up just fine with the Hydra head second to the left (the head "closest" to the viewer") Lines up with it's cheek/start of neck. The problem is the hero is looking further to the right and pointing that way. That is what makes it look "off"

As a former bowhunter and archery competitor this does not bug me nearly as much as the gazillions of artists who have no idea on which side of a bow riser the arrow should rest on the shelf (or hand ). You'd think artists would look at some people actually shooting a bow.

:end nitpicks:
 

Ringtail

World Traveller
As for which book I would rather own, I think I prefer the original cover.

The Alternate Artwork looks very cool, but I don't like the way the title and text on it looks (on WotC site.) It would make an awesome poster though.
 


Iry

Hero
If you look at the illustration carefully, the hydra is drawn with exaggerated perspective, one of it's heads is a lot closer to the viewpoint. The hero could be aiming directly at the side of that head, but without scale reference points it's impossible to tell.
On the original cover-The spear lines up just fine with the Hydra head second to the left (the head "closest" to the viewer") Lines up with it's cheek/start of neck.
If the left head is looking at the hero then it would be behind the hero (just closer than it's other heads). If the left head is parallel to the hero, then its attacking the air for no visible reason. Since all the other heads are looking at the hero, except the two furthest back (eating a column, etc), I don't think the left head is parallel to the hero.
 

dave2008

Legend
The background on the alt cover is too saturated in color. Details are lost.
The first one doesn't drive me crazy either, but the book cover has the image cropped too tight for the actual cover.
I don't know what's happening over at WotC but they're really missing the mark for covers lately.
Wildemount looks terrible and cartoony.
Eberron was not good at all.
Hopefully it's just a phase.
I love the alt Eberron cover, it was the first alt cover I purchased. The wildemount cover is in the CR style, so that makes sense to me, and I like both of these. They are not great, but I would enjoy having either one.
 

dave2008

Legend
If the left head is looking at the hero then it would be behind the hero (just closer than it's other heads). If the left head is parallel to the hero, then its attacking the air for no visible reason. Since all the other heads are looking at the hero, except the two furthest back (eating a column, etc), I don't think the left head is parallel to the hero.
But think about it in motion. The scene makes sense to me, except you would get more force in the through if you are on the ground and not leaping. Of course that is not as epic, or should I say "mythic!"
 

jayoungr

Hero
Supporter
The alternate cover is cool, no doubt about that, but the regular one edges it out by a whisker. The starry voidy-ness of the creature contrasted with the serene classical landscape really catches my interest.

I bought the alternate cover of the Eberron book--that was a no-brainer. And I also got the alternate cover of Descent into Avernus.
 




dave2008

Legend
It does in many pictures, but this one doesn't for me. Each individual part is pretty, but nothing about it conveys the idea that he's about to torque around and throw the spear to me.
I was actually speaking about the leap and the lunging hydra head. The spear could easily skewer the head/neck without ever leaving the warrior's hand.
 

Iry

Hero
I was actually speaking about the leap and the lunging hydra head. The spear could easily skewer the head/neck without ever leaving the warrior's hand.
Judging by his legs, he's leaping towards us / away from the hydra and somewhat to the left. Maybe he's just running away and the way he's holding the spear is a coincidence?
 

Harzel

Adventurer
As a former bowhunter and archery competitor this does not bug me nearly as much as the gazillions of artists who have no idea on which side of a bow riser the arrow should rest on the shelf (or hand ). You'd think artists would look at some people actually shooting a bow.
Man, I'm glad this bothers someone else. A less frequent but more egregious fault is having the bow canted so that the arrow would be falling off the rest. And then there's the matter of the draw hand, wherein the nock, the bowstring, and the hand all converge on the same point and come together ... somehow. Generally, the archer is lucky if the bowstring is not physically embedded in their hand.

On the regular cover, the arrow is on the correct side of the riser, and the draw hand is, well, not as bad as it could be. But why is the archer's head bent backwards 30 degrees? That makes it really tough to aim.
 

Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
Judging by his legs, he's leaping towards us / away from the hydra and somewhat to the left. Maybe he's just running away and the way he's holding the spear is a coincidence?
Nah. He's jumping mostly up, and a little to the left, and is about to throw the spear at the head on the farthest left of the scene.

The fact that, in real world body mechanics, you never want to throw a thing while in midair, and that the shadow of the head makes you think it is farther back in the scene, and how that knee is moving, are beside the point. :p
 


Harzel

Adventurer
Nah. He's jumping mostly up, and a little to the left, and is about to throw the spear at the head on the farthest left of the scene.

The fact that, in real world body mechanics, you never want to throw a thing while in midair, and that the shadow of the head makes you think it is farther back in the scene, and how that knee is moving, are beside the point. :p
I still want someone to explain the perspective on the short pillars flanking the steps in the foreground. Just looking at them makes me dizzy.
 


Umbran

Mod Squad
Staff member
I still want someone to explain the perspective on the short pillars flanking the steps in the foreground. Just looking at them makes me dizzy.
Umm...

Okay, so... you see how all the areas of the monster that are not in direct sunlight are stars? Clearly, that entire beast is a walking spacial anomally, warping space in the vicinity. Either that, or the viewer is an aquatic creature, so there's a bit of a fisheye lensing going on there.
 

Iry

Hero
shadow of the head makes you think it is farther back in the scene
I honestly think the head is looking at him. Almost all the other heads are.
The location of the nostril also seems to point towards the hero.
 

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