The making of a book cover
The guilt overcame me and I started on my book cover (see yesterday’s post). I’m not the kind of designer that can come up with one image and work on it until it is perfect. I have to create multiple images. Then I get myself into a stew because I can’t decide which one I like best. So I thought that I would share my process and use my cringe gauge to decide which ones I hate and which ones I like. Usually this gauge doesn’t kick in until I’ve released stuff into the public.
I started off at the beginning of December, assembling a number of images that I thought might suit the cover. Some of them were abstract, some were illustrative, some were photographic. We got rid of all the abstract art and photography and we decided on a colour palate (greens, reds and blues) and a style – more figurative than abstract – an illustration. Then I started drawing stuff in my sketch book. The one on the top left is inspired by an Amanda Blake illustration so I don’t think I can use it but I felt like I needed to draw my version of it so that some of her amazing painting abilities might rub off on me:
After that I switched to watercolour paper. I tried illustrating scenes from the title story in various degrees of realistic and metaphorical states.
A My next stage will be deciding which images I think work best as a cover, and applying type. I quite often do hand-drawn type but this time I think I’ll stick to computer-generated type. Something serif.
Do you have a favourite? I think mine is the top watercolour, the one of the two women in formal dress submerged in water. But it’s not entirely up to me.