Sunday, November 2, 2014

Final Book Covers Ideas





For my final book covers, I wanted to capture the southern grittiness that William Faulkner's writing is known so well for.  I thought the best way to explore this idea would be through experimenting with dirtier textures as a way of communicating the rawness of Faulkner's narratives.  As a result almost everything, minus a portion of A Mountain Victory's cover, was all done by hand.  I felt like hand making the images and text not only fit well with the context of Faulkner's stories, but it also helped in creating consistency between each of the book covers.

6 comments:

Rachael Haas said...

dibs

Jonnathan Klinger said...
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Rachael Haas said...

Justin:

Ugh…I just love these so much. The painterly style that you used in all three designs speaks to the subtlety in Faulkners writing. I think that the Mountain Victory cover does seem a little warm when placed with the other two designs. I really like the warmness in it though so you might try warming up the others just a tad or maybe desaturating Mountain Victory just so they go together a little better.
I love the handwritten fonts used in all of your covers especially Barn Burning. It fills the frame without over crowding it. However, In Red Leaves the type is almost too perfect! The hard edges and even thickness really contrast with the shaky and personal style of your other two types. I would like to see the type on Red Leaves done loosely, I think that would really help bring them all together even more.
Overall: Freaking Great Job!! I can really tell you put a lot of work into these and I can see your mark but the focus is still on the story. YAYAYAYAY Justin!

Jonnathan Klinger said...

Throughout all your book covers you have some very nice imagery. In your cover Barn Burning, I feel that the typeface you chose works very well with you image. I do have a concern that I have trouble seeing all your covers as a series. Your first two covers and I can slightly see working with each other, but there seems to be a slight disconnect with the third. I think it might be because the first two are more painterly, while the last seems very illustrative with the thin outlines and typeface. I do like all the compositions you chose for you typefaces. They all seem very thought out and well placed. The only one I might question is the William Faulkner on A Mountain Victory. It just seems that it has a slight inconsistency with the other book covers. They typeface is different than its title, and it looks odd to me. I would suggest maybe trying a typeface that was slightly less standard. Something more hand drawn like your other titles.

Isaac Carlos said...

I am going to critique this hahahahahjhajhkashjb take that everyone else that wanted to critique this...

Isaac Carlos said...

The illustrative quality is very nice in this Justin. It adds a very personal and sentimental touch. Your type choice is really good and the placement is very well thought out. I especially like how the title sits on Red Leaves but I think this one lacks the hand drawn feel that the type on the other book covers have. Also I somewhat feel like the color choice in Red Leaves could have been more fitting to a series I think its the dark green background but by no means does it make the image weak I really like how you bleed the background into the figure. Honestly there is not a lot that can be said for improvement, but this was thought out nicely and the effort can definitely be seen, good job Justin.