Monday, February 23, 2009

Front cover sketch again



Waiting to hear from publisher again.
Band across top and bottom would be red. Stars picked out in gold or silver foil. Sea serpent would be red.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think this is looking really lovely. Tessa thinks the boy should look to edge of the book, inviting the potential purchaser to open the book; a nice idea...but then he won't be looking at the star. Hmmm... tricky!

I like all the stars and the forward motion very much. Also fluid type. I know that Barefoot don't want too much blue (!!!) but I think it needs to be dreamy and moonlit with a generally "night-time" (blue!) palette personally, and other colours should be jewel like details, and subtle.

Whatever you do it will be gorgeous. Tessa is sending some grid or other I believe so perhaps it's best to wait for that.

Anyhow I'm sorry it's been so hard opening up a sealed compartment of your creative mind. It almost hurts to do that...I know. But it'll all be worth it when you win awards!!!

James x

Doda said...

I think it is looking great. Looks like you managed to get back into the flow without too much trouble!

quiltcat said...

That sketch is lovely, too! (I agree with James about the blue! but also agree that whatever you do will be gorgeous.) I don't want to wish the summer away, but i'm so eager for September to be here so i can get my hands on this book!

NAL said...

I like it! Nice energy!

Nicole-Umina said...

I like what James said about looking to the edge of the book, maybe so you don't have to loose the boy looking at the star the lil dog can point to the edge...

It's another great design Jackie i know it must have been hard to find your space again after mentally cleaning out the cogs and physically cleaning out the studio.

I do have to wonder though... how can there not be too much blue... it's night time and on the ocean and one would think it would compliment the back cover with it flowing. The world of publishing is Scary!

Jackie Morris said...

I am waiting for them to get the finished artwork for the cover and then realise that it now doesn't work with the back cover. Might paint them an alternative back cover so that I can preempt them, otherwise I am liable to spit the dummy, throw ALL of my toys out of the cot and then torch the cot!
Indeed the world of publishing is a strange place. I remember when I started working on The Snow Leopard for Frances Lincoln the sales and marketing team said that snow leopards were not as sexy as tigers and that the book would be "too white". Glad I don't live in their heads!

Linda Navroth said...

Dear Jackie,
I was looking again at those first covers because there was something about them that seemed "a bit off"--now I know what it was: the dolphins should be swimming with the boat, next to the bow, rather than swimming back towards the stern. Just thought I'd let you know, in case you were going to include them again. Of course I am totally wrong if the dolphins swim differently in dreamland!

moreidlethoughts said...

It is because of the sales-and-marketing minds that I did not last long in advertising...

Jackie Morris said...

No, you are right. What the publisher have done with this is taken an image from inside the book and flipped it to try and make it work as a book cover. I don't think it needs the dolphins anyway, but they wouldn't be swimming like this.
So now I am waiting for the grid before I start so there is enough space for the type. And meanwhile I have plenty to get on with.