Sunday, 9 May 2010

22



Photos taken of book covers for assesment... Bit late I know. but still...!

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Twenty One



So here's the results of today. I wasn't going to put them up until another day, but I figured, I'll put them up now since they're something to show for my efforts. I think they look quite good. Well, much better than I thought they would. The colours are faded not out of choice or because of the photograph. My printer doesn't do bright you see. Anyhow. Ta daa?

Twenty

I would like to die now. Seriously. This is so annoying now. I've done a ton of work today... Urgh. Tired. And so much printing, I'm surprised my poor little terrible printer hasn't died. Anyway. Also my scalpel is now blunt. Bad times. Anyhow. Final roughs printed. I think it's ok now. Did a lot of re-jigging since the last post so hopefully, all needed now is just final prints!

Nineteen


No lines Bungay...

Eighteen

A more detailed plan. I couldn't work out how to make the text boxes have a borders. Never mind...! >< The back and spine of the cover are to have no writing. I've done this because sometimes, you see a book, you like the front and you're intrigued to know more because you're given nothing more on the cover alone...
I hope it looks ok...!!!

Seventeen



So this is my basic book sleeve. I'm going to use the blurb from the brief so that should be fairly simple. If anyone knows an easier way to do this, please feel free to tell me!!! Or anywhere there's a better template or something... Thanks!

Sixteen

One of my tidier ones.
I wish I knew photoshop better. OH well. Practice helps I suppose.
On the other hand, I have now cleaned all three. Just need to get my basic cover mapped out, and I can started putting together ^^ Whoopee!

Fifteen



SO I think I'm going to use these images now. They should look quite good on totally white background. Once I've got my basis for the cover down, I'll put it up here, then put them all together. ^^



Don't worry, I'll neaten them up ^^;

Wednesday, 3 March 2010

Fourteen

I'm going forwards! I'm going backwards? Huh. Still at least it's somewhere. Will post things later. Basically I'm going back to use the working drawings because they're much more interesting. I think I'll put them onto a blank background, it should be fairly ok I think. It might even work as something to catch your eye on a bookshelf....!?
Pictures to come!

Monday, 1 March 2010

Thirteen

I should have started thinking about text earlier. But I didn't. I think I will hand write. Which should work out ok, since the drawings and the background should be quite.. Onviously hand drawn, so I think it's should blend in well. Fitting. Anyhow, also because I am shit at Photoshop.
I tried putting the ship onto the right background. It took ages. And looked terrible. The colour was so flat. I'll explain my plan for the real thing another times. Anyhow, I know it's not a great photograph, but this is what I'm thinking for the text.

Twelve

I'm not sure how much of the book cover we're really supposed to be designing, so to be safe I'm thinking a bit about how they really would end up all over. I also figured I ought to know the dimensions of an average hardback book. I chose to use "Shenzhen - A Travelogue from China" by one of my most beloved comic illustrators Guy Delisle, he's wonderful.



Anyhow. Here's my big one, as the book cover. And then I made some little.. Maquettes I suppose. Miniature covers. How I'd like them to sort of look, they're half size... I think it's almost good. Not quite, but we'll see how it goes.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Eleven


I'm now thinking more about the rest of the book sleeve. That's what I want, not just a plain hardcover book cover, but the sleeve you can take on and off. I'd like to keep the back page blank, as I quite like it when books are like that, and have all the information on the inside tab bits.

Ten

So these are my final-ish designs for each front cover. From left: (oops, seem to have misplaced my file. Can't find it!) Love and Mr Lewisham, The History of Mr Polly and Tono-Bungay.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Nine



That was yesterdays work. This is todays. I've been trying to think about context and also, it was pointed out that the ships seemed a little too modern looking. So I checked out some WW1 ships as best I could. Here are some sketches and ideas and things.

Eight



I've been thinking about how to arrange the items on the cover now. How to use the colour and stuff. I'm worried though. It all seems a bit sinister looking D:

Monday, 15 February 2010

Seven



I think I'm in a bit of a rut.. I was today thinking aout how the shapes of the objects really work, how they fit together. I was also thinking about the ACTUAL shape of ships.



Thursday, 11 February 2010

Six

Today I was thinking about how to get red into the picture. Since I think it works well as a colour to draw attention, plus the tie in Love and Mr Lewisham is red. So. Huh. I did more, but here's a sample:

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Five



SO here's some work I got done today. I'm hopeful. I started out doing the contruction lines just because I liked the look of them, but having looked it up, I now find that Cubism was a movement not only during the lifetime of H G Wells, but therefore also in the Edwardian Era. And I think the contruction lines, the hardness of some of them and the colour pattern on the tie make the images look a little cubist. Tomorrow I'm hoping to refine them a bit more.. I need to start thinking about how the front cover design of the books will go together.

Hmm. I'm not sure about the tie.. I like the books best.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

Four

Here's some work I did today. Not as much as I should have done, I'll admit. But still. This is better than nothing. I quite like the three colours together. Red, Black and White.
The Black needs to be more solid with the block of books.. It's a bit weak.
I like this one, but I feel like the image itself isn't eye catching. Which it needs to be if it's going to sell.






I like the tie image but I'm not sure it's right. I'll play with some more designs tomorrow. It's red to symbolise socialism. And the ship.. I quite like. Although it looks rather sinister on the red behind... So. Yeeeaahhh.... Loads work to do.

Remember to click the images for bigger ones

Three

So, here's the pages I didn't put up yesterday for the other books.
I think it's best if I try and stick to doing three for now. Love and Mr Lewisham, Tono Bungay and The History of Mr Polly.
I did some more sketches and ideas this morning.. I'll do them later ^^

Ann Veronica


Love and Mr Lewisham


Tono Bungay


Ideas to do with arrangement. I thought it might look cool, if the image overlaps onto the area of text...? We'll see.

Monday, 8 February 2010

Two

The books we must choose from are: The History of Mr Polly, Kipps, Ann Veronica, Tono Bungay and Love and Mr Lewisham. I so far haven't picked out a specific three. But if I do the plan of linking in the earlier post won't work... Problem.
So I've been looking at all five and working out what possible things could work as an image to contain the story as a whole for each book. I think this will help me if I HAVE to choose 3 and no more. But the competition brief say you must choose AT LEAST three. SO we'll see...



So those are some images for Kipps, who trains as a draper before coming into a lot of money and being thrown into the company of the upper class society, and having to learn what's proper and the right etiquette and such alike.



The next is for The History of Mr Polly. I used the image of books because the reason he loses his job and everything changes at the beginning of the book is because he reads too much, easily distracted I suppose. I also thought about the image of a bike, as his true love uses on regularly. The tea cup represents the tea shop his wife owns later on in the book.
I quite like the silhouette idea...
I'll post some more tomorrow ^^

One

Hello, hello.
First post in my new blog, absolutely and totally dedicated to my current project on HG Wells. I guess I'll start by putting up a book cover that I really like, and want to use as inspiration of a sort for my own designs. It's a series of Stephen King books published by Hodder and Stoughton, with the cover design by a chap named Keenan. These books have really really bright backgrounds with one image that represents the entire book.



I apologise for the not great quality of colour...!
These next two images are a couple of ideas I had about linking the books together, to make an appeal as a seriously cool collection of books. Unfortunately I'm not sure it's going to work.. But we'll see. I prefer the first, the Mr Men image is where I got the idea from.