Last week, one of my college classes ended. (Yay for more writing time!) It was an accelerated graphic design class I was taking with my brother, and, while it had its ups and downs, our final project was pretty awesome. 😀
Earlier on in the semester, our professor informed us we would get to make a full-size movie poster, book cover, or album cover for a well-known work as our final project and present it on paper. It sounded both exciting and daunting since we hadn’t learned anything yet.
We learned the ins and outs of a computer program, color theory, some composition, and how to find royalty free images among many other things. When it was time to start our final projects, I chose to make a fan cover for The Giver by Lois Lowry. (It’s a really good fantasy/dystopian book. Just don’t judge it on the basis of its movie and be sure to skip chapter five. 😀 )
I had a vague concept of what I wanted in mind, so I searched for the royalty-free images I expected to need.
I had two other possible pictures picked out, but I liked the age and depth of expression on this one. So, I present to thee–Jonas!
I set up the dimensions (off handy-dandy Amazon since I wanted them to match a real book), imported my model images, and set to work drawing.
Here’s a picture of it in progress. And yes, that is a Mac. I started the semester sooo clumsy on those, but I’ve gained a little more skill and confidence thanks to experience and excessive Googling. 😀
As you can see, dear Jonas’ face was reduced to the middle third, and I drew it with some very awesome tools. Also, I painted his eyes blue, which I’ll explain more later…
We don’t have Macs at home, so I spent many hours in the school library fiddling with tiny digital brush strokes. That really wasn’t any problem though since I had great, inspiring music to keep me company. 😀 Although this song is actually from the movie, I love it to pieces, and it perfectly sums up the entire atmosphere of the book for me. 😉
Getting our final projects designed on the computer was half the battle. Printing it was the Armageddon. Long story short, we tried four different printers and finally, miraculously, and very much relieved-ly printed them late at night just minutes before Costco closed. God really pulled some strings for us and reminded us how much He was in control of everything. I’m very grateful it turned out. 😉
I printed two copies just in case I cut one wrong. (Our rotary cutter, usually used for quilting, came quite in handy!) Both turned out, so I followed my brother’s example and mocked it up on a real book. Just look at this… ❤
Here’s the finished front cover!! 😀 ❤ I went with a minimalistic black and white cover with a soft, paint-y look. I love the “clean” look, and the black and white color scheme is a HUGE element of the book. Also, the eye color is another important element, but you have to read the book to figure it out. 😀 You can’t see it very well in this picture, but there’s a single tear sliding down his cheek.
And the back cover!! 😀 I’m very proud of how that apple turned out. *pats self on back* The margins turned out a little goofy because of how we folded it, but that’s okay.
I enjoyed choosing meaningful elements to include on the cover, figuring out how to use all the painting tools, and seeing the finished product. And I’m still in awe of how God worked out the printing. 😉
Have you ever designed a book cover or something else? What is your favorite program to use?