A friend of mine wrote a postmodern hypertext (like, CYOA) eBook called LOVE OCTOPUS TRANSFORMATION. My sketch has been on its cover for years now, but since I’ve learned more about eyecatching book cover design, I wanted to update it and make it purdy for her.
Here’s the before:
My old errors: I stretched the text, and you can’t figure out what the illio is in the thumbnail. Genre, what’s that?
Here comes the AFTER!
A mashup of CC-0 photos, a little Krita magic, and surprisingly little futzing in Inkscape for the text!
This one might be a little fantastical for the subject matter, but I think it’s striking! If I could do it again, I might move the author name to the top…but at least the typeface matches her other books! #branding
Do you love BEFORE AND AFTER style book cover makeovers? Comment below with some of your favorites!