The Book Cover
The book has been illustrated. Thirty-two glossy pages. Full size illustrations and vignettes. Beautiful colors. Great composition. Months, maybe years, and you think you are done. But oh no - you have to design the cover.
Most books are chosen by the appeal of the cover. The cover should give the reader a sneak peak of what they are about to read. It should whet their whistle and before you know it - your book is on its way to a new home!
Don't we wish it was that easy!
Here I am working on a story where the antagonist is an alligator and a copperhead snake, his trusty side-kick. The story is filled with kids - but putting kids on the cover compared to an alligator . . . the alligator is much more intriguing . . . especially one dressed like a king .
Here are some covers I like . . .
I am showing my age here, but a Nancy Drew cover is iconic. All 64 books are recognizable as a Nancy Drew mystery even if the title was removed..
Another oldie but goodie. We know this story will be about a girl, a pig, and a spider. An odd trio, so we want to find out what their relationship is.
I have not read this book. But isn't this illustration great - that bear eyeing up the sandwich. You just have to know what's going to happen.
page 81, the PROVERBIAL art Journal. Pen and ink sketch. The ant is a humbling creature - makes you want to get to work.
WAITING FOR OUR WINGS Back to the winged critters and the challenging composition. I was given excellent advice - my compo...
The kids at the Library should enjoy this painting. I did use layers of glazes in the sky and the clouds. I don't usually use gla...