When I was deciding on which book to create a cover for, my fiancé suggested that I use the book: ‘The Beekeeper’s Promise’ by Fiona Valpy, that he has read. I had a look at the cover of the book and asked him to tell me more about it.
I had a look on Pinterest for inspiration and visual references:
I then made a moodboard using some of the images I found online.
– war time
– love lost
PHOTOGRAPHS USED IN THE COLLAGE:
I decided to use collage digitally in Procreate.
I tried out different combinations to explore visual space as practise in Exercise 3.1.
Once I decided on my combination of chateau in relation the character and the flowers, I looked at manipulating the colours to make it look more old-fashioned as inspired by the vintage french photograph on my moodboard.
I also tried out different font combination and text positions for the cover.
I thought it would be fun turning it into a simple animation and adding some music to it.
MUSIC: La vie en rose – Édith Piaf
MUSIC: La vie en rose – Édith Piaf (remix)
I then made some mock-ups.
It was hard to choose between my 2 favourite covers, but I think this one is th emits effective.
Once again I enjoyed using collage as a method to digitally create my illustration. I think the image works well as a cover. I don’t think I experienced any technical problems, but I did find it difficult to know where to start. As I didn’t want to copy the original cover from the book, but I still wanted it to be appropriate for the story. It wasn’t easy coming up with a new cover, after seeing the original one. But in the end, I think it worked out well. I think creating the moodboard helped me to generate ideas, as well as practising the visual space exercise to decide on the most effective combination and position of one aspect to another.