Friday, April 22, 2011

Cricket in Times Square Cover - 2



So I'm back working on my book cover remake for the New England SCBWI conference exhibition. Today I'm going to brainstorm different layouts. My goal was to come up with at least 10 different ideas for the cover.

The cover of the paperback version of the book is approx 5" x 7.5" so I made a page of thumbnails in those proportions. It's so annoying to design something and then have to wrangle it into a space that is fatter or skinnier, so best to start out with the right proportions. The other thing that I think is useful is to do the initial thumbnails in color. Maybe the colors will change but at least you have an idea of what it will look like. Sometimes images I love in black and white fall totally flat when I start adding color.

I was able to come up with a dozen ideas for the cover. These are messy and probably a bit hard to read, but is there any that catch your attention? (Click the image to enlarge)

4 comments:

Scott said...

I like a lot of them but Eleven really stands out to me though. Well done!!!

Claire Louise Milne said...

I love these Jenn! 7 jumped out right away, I love the feel of it and it catches the eye for sure. I like 6 as well. I like that it includes the cat but I still see the cricket. He stands out nicely against the white of the paper.

I find the Times Square ones with all the signs and lights make the animals less noticeable.

I like the feeling of #6 because it's their own tiny corner but the newspaper still captures a feeling of city life if you know what I mean.

Alicia Stucky said...

Right off the bat 11 and 5... I love all of the city signs in the top row, but those two pop out immediately.

Jim said...

I vote for #11 too--nice palette, slightly off-kilter composition, and the cat and the cricket are well-placed. Good job!