Bad Cover Art…Redesigned: The Wizard’s Castle
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 Wizard’s Castle by Debra Doyle & James D. Macdonald
According to fantasticfiction, The Wizard’s Castle is about Randal and his friends, Lys and Walter vowing to guard a shipment of gold. However, they encounter enemies that could keep them trapped forever in the castle of a warlord! Exciting stuff. I particularly enjoy how this cover says ‘Troll’ in the right bottom corner.
I now bring to you The Wizard’s Castle…Redesigned!
I kind of had so much fun making this redesigned cover that I don’t even mind if it doesn’t look like an actual cover!
There’s not much to go into detail with in terms of my thought process for this cover. I saw the original and thought that I could find an interesting castle brush and texture and make a new decent cover. So I went to my best friend Deviantart and searched for Castles in the brushes section. That was when I stumbled across a brush set that was made up of brushes to make maps with and I suppose I got a little excited! I thought wouldn’t it be cool if I could make a sort of treasure map with the castle in the middle. A sort of X marks the spot type deal.
Considering the original book is a children’s book, I’m not sure how appealing this cover would be for children because it’s fairly bland, not very colourful and kind of muted. It’s the sort of cover you would expect to see for maybe a historical fiction or something. However, the treasure map feel could appeal to children. The idea of making it certainly appealed to the child within me.
I’m unfortunately not going to make a 6-step process image this week because it was a lot more complicated than the previous two covers. For example, there are 20 separate layers in the photoshop file. By comparison there are about 5 or 6 layers in the last two covers.
The map elements, such as the trees, mountains, houses, castle are all separate brushes and so I pieced them all together to be how they appear. Then there are the bits of text on the cover that are actually from a Marauder’s Map brush set. I then downloaded a coffee stain brush set and applied those around the image and I downloaded a ink smudge brush set which I applied around the image. One of the ink smudges is most evident in the top left corner. The little footpath and X mark are also separate brushes.
So with this cover more than the other two, it’s a lot more about the separate elements being slowly pieced together to make the bigger picture. I enjoy these sorts of covers about as much as the minimalist ones. Even though I would say this is quite minimal.
Font – From fontspace and is called ‘treasure map deadhand’
Map brush sets – http://captscott.deviantart.com/art/Fantasy-Brush-Pack-01-191047320
Phew! So there we go. I hope you enjoyed this week’s instalment. Let me know what you think