These are my three finalized book cover designs. My genre was Fantasy, I decided I wanted to aim my book designs for children of ten to twelve; so, I therefore settled for a simple/subtle cover design. Colour was to be the main interest of the book, I also had in mind that I wanted to design a book cover that I would buy myself if I saw it on a book shelf.
There were a range of inspirations that led me to focus on these designs.
Peter Pan Inspirations
(Image left found: tuesdaymourning) right: Google Search Peter Pan Illustrations
Arthur Rackham fairy
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe Inspirations
(Above) Isabella Art – DeviantART and M.S. Corley Illustration and Design
Random silhouette art found on Google.
The Hobbit Inspirations
J.R.R.Tolkien Illustration Cover and emir0
HarperCollins Publisher’s Collection 2011
Originals Book Inspirations
Even though I was very inspired by these original inspirations, I had a change of style; I thought the cover of a book has to be something appealing, decorative and illustrate an aspect of what the book is all about. To have Illustrated that in these styles below would have not interested me in the slightest; for me, I prefer the simpler book cover; if there are illustrations depicting a scene, I feel they would be better off inside the book than on the cover. I feel having an illustration outside the cover depicting a scene in the book, is really like a spoiler alert. I prefer book covers that hint at something about the book, that intrigues the reader, and sparks their imagination.