Bad Cover Art…Redesigned: The Guardian’s Chronicles
Welcome to Bad Cover Art…Redesigned! Where I bring you the most horrible of all cover art I can find on the world wide web and try to come up with an alternative (that I hope is better).
This week I bring you: The Guardian’s Chronicles: A New Dawn by Ann H. Barlow
This cover was suggested by Cole and I must say Cole…you have quite good bad taste!
According to Amazon, the novel is about a young girl called Sahara who is an artist and plagued with unexplained happenings such as being able to move objects with her mind. After choosing not to ignore her weird powers, and thinking something more sinister is going on, Sahara is set on a course to save man kind! Sounds all very dramatic to me.
Now I bring to you The Guardian’s Chronicles: A New Dawn…Redesigned!
So last week I went into detail about how I actually made this. I’m going to do some of the same again but people asked for more of my thought processes. So I’ll give that a go.
To tell the truth I had a tough time this week. I originally started doing another cover suggested by another YWSer because I had such a strong idea for it. However, because I try to only use royalty free resources and things I don’t have to pay for, it can be difficult to find what I want/need. I ended up getting so annoyed that I changed my mind last minute and decided to make a different cover.
Usually to begin with I’ll look at the original cover and read a synopsis of the novel. I then seem to zero down on certain words that trigger an idea in me. For instance here I obviously focused on the word ‘Dawn’ and also the word ‘Chronicals’. Dawn gave me the idea of using a sunburst, one with strong lines, and Chronicles made me think of something old, of parchment or crumpled documents. That’s when I thought it might be interesting to do a sort of grunge looking sunburst for the cover.
I also liked the idea of using a strong symbol and strong colours. This novel seems to be part of a series or potential series, so I thought it might be interesting if each book cover in the series were to have a separate strong colour and symbol. Say if the next book were to have something to do with the sea. You could use blue and block waves. I do love minimalism in covers.
Obviously again it’s quite different from the original cover and I’m not entirely sure why I chose to go down this route. I suppose it’s a nice idea to think that a collection of books with strong colours and symbols together would look quite nice and have a strong brand identity. Sort of like when you see all the British Harry Potter books in a row. You know immediately they are Harry Potter. I also sometimes think that the introduction of model looking people on the front of covers, mainly for Fantasy or YA, could potentially be off putting. I mostly read these genres for escapism and characters I feel I can connect with. If I saw the original cover I feel I would be instantly put off. Whereas the redesigned cover could attract a slightly wider audience.
This is a basic break down of what I did –
Between steps 3 and 4 I played with the Blending Options to make the effect that the sun burst is worn down a little. I also changed the Blend Mode from Normal to Linear Burn to give it the darker effect. Blend Mode is always fun to play with. I also gave it a slight outer glow. The rest is just simple placement that, as usual, I took a few hours playing with. Fiddling with which way round everything should go until I found something I liked. Still not wholly keen on the font and I tried a lighter one but I think this one works better.
Resources are as follows –
Fonts from Fontspace: ‘Tweekd’ for the main font and ‘Imprint MT Shadow’ for the author.
Sunburst Brush set – http://physicalmagic.deviantart.com/art/Vector-Line-Brushes-2-39244177
Let me know what you think and if you have any horrible book covers you want redesigned!