Work in Progress: Literary Edition

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

Grundish & Askew 1

and here’s the front and back together

Grundish and Askew 1a

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?



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5 Responses to “Work in Progress: Literary Edition”

  1. Wendy Miller Says:

    I like the first one, tatoos on fingers… the second one is less informational, but the first one is more intriguing imho.

  2. lorraine Says:

    definitely like the red,black, and white…I would need to pick that up if I walked by.

    The knuckle thing might work better if just grundish (fun word by the way) were done that way, the “and a” reads weird, since there’s not a space…could you combine ideas?

  3. viciousblog Says:

    interesting thoughts…I did try just using the knuckles for grundish and treating askew differently, I might revisit that…it’s got a long ways to go, with a short amount of time to get there…

  4. Work in Progress: Literary Edition (v2) « Viciousblog’s Weblog Says:

    […] As I said, the author prefers the tattoo direction (much to my chagrin) […]

  5. Work in Progress: Literary Edition (v3) « Viciousblog’s Weblog Says:

    […] moving my focus over to look number 1…I’m happy with where it has evolved over the last few days. I feel like it’s very close to being a finished product, if the author (fingers crossed) […]

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