For those of you just happening upon this post, the designs below have been updated in a newer post.
I’ve been working on some book cover designs for a friend and fellow Vicious Books author, Lance Carbuncle. His new book, Grundish & Askew, is a modern telling loosely dedicated to the classic Of Mice and Men by Steinbeck.
I went two directions. I made four different versions, but two overall directions…
The first follows certain themes from the book (a holy burro, a lost basset hound, tattoos…)
This is the direction we’re going to go with it, per the author’s choosing.
It’s not fully developed yet, just the basic idea…I’d like to redo the cover pic with some fake tattooes so it looks more realistic…otherwise, I might have to do something to make it less photo-real…
Here’s the cover
and here’s the front and back together
I personally prefer my second look…it’s designed to be more artsy, less informational…less obvious…More striking without overstating…I liked this direction because it stands out…it could be the type of book people leave out on their table, or the type that catches a consumer’s eye on a shelf in a store…it’s designed so either way you have it set down, it’s looks like the front cover…I made the font treatments correspond to the words…
Here’s the BACK cover
Here’s the FRONT cover
and here’s front and back together
I’m going to hold onto this design, keep it in my back pocket, I think…unless I can convince Lance to use it…what do you think? Which would you be more likely to pick up and buy?