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.
BUTTON BUNNY More Collage - just getting started! I tore strips of canvas from my box of scraps. Pulled strings from the edge...
WAITING FOR OUR WINGS Back to the winged critters and the challenging composition. I was given excellent advice - my compo...
WAITING FOR OUR WINGS I've added more critters and leaves and feathers to break up the strong vertical line and bring the left si...
Won't be long now and my critters will get their new wings. But until then, they have to make do with the wings I've created for th...