Thursday 2nd July 2015
Covers should reflect a book’s tone. My old covers were serviceable but rather… dull. Hardly a true reflection of the twisted, rude, outrageous contents. So, I present the new covers: a second attempt to convince readers it really is worth looking inside.
The biggest change is Screw Friendship. Brown. Yeah. Dumb choice. I flushed it, and adopted another tip from cover design superstar Derek Murphy: teal with (a tiny bit of) orangey-brown. And a more dynamic shadow figure.
The old brown one
The new and (hopefully) more desirable teal
I always liked Pursue; everything about that book came out better than book one, and the cover was no exception. I stuck with the same design elements. The wand is smaller and less visible against the new text, but I wanted a cohesive look across all the covers.
Always liked the old one
The new one preserves most of what I liked
For Deny, I kept the same design elements but the new arrangement seems more atmospheric. Typographers may frown at the effects on the text, especially that big jiggly FRIENDSHIP. But it’s there to communicate that these are fun books.
The old one was okay
I prefer the lighting on the new one and the kid looks more like a nine-year-old
I now have a bit of a problem for book four, which would have been teal. Does this gold colour look okay? Or is it just a bit yucky? Would brown be better? :)
Book four would have been teal
Not sure about this goldish colour. Thoughts?
The only way I’m able to make changes like this without crying is the wonderful (and open source) Inkscape. It took a little getting used to, then I fell in love. Vector graphics are so-o-o-o much more versatile than bitmaps. I’d encourage anybody who doesn’t think in Photoshop pixels to give it a go. Don’t be put off by what, on the surface, looks like a rudimentary set of tools. Just like a book, it’s what’s inside that really matters.
What do you think of the revamped covers? I’d love to know.