I create cover art every now and then. I like the creative. I could do without producing creative for others. : ) I like every mockup I create just about. For each book cover I work on I mockup at least 5 unique covers. Inevitably, the authors choose my second or third favorite of the lot. For once, I wish my preferred mockups would be chosen. Maybe one of these days….
The cover that was chosen was inspired by some new book covers I’ve seen at Barnes & Noble in the past year. Maybe the next time you’re browsing a book store, you’ll recognize a cover or two that also have a torn cover effect.
Here’s the latest. It is an honor to redesign this cover. The original was by Brian Godawa, whom I respect as one of the great artist minds of our day. The following are the other mockups I created:
Mockup 2 is the one that was chosen (obviously) and I honed it from there to what you see at the top of this post. I prefer to have inspiration from other covers already on the market so that I have assurance the cover is not off the beaten path. At the same time, I always make sure the cover is original—I don’t rip other designer’s off.
Which do you like most?
I’d love to get your subjective opinion. I liked #4 most for it’s sale-ability. Aesthetically, #1 is my favorite. But what do you like? Leave a comment below.
Update January 18, 2010
The book with the new cover is now available at the American Vision online store.