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)