Today I'm back with another behind-the-scenes cover creation post. Here, I'm going to go through the steps taken to make this fictional biography cover for writer A.G. Olsen, who also happens to be the wife of the previous author:
A View from the Mountain is a biography inspired by true events. It is the story of one woman as she struggles to make a life for herself, while defying the expectations of society. Although the main character endures wartime and imprisonment, she never gives up hope. The novel is more inspirational than dark; this was important to convey.
I had the author show me some example covers that conveyed the right look and feel. These were the covers:
This design process was very straightforward because the author had a clear, simple and uncluttered vision of what she wanted to see on her book. A landscape of the mountains in Indonesia where the story is set, and lots of wide, open space. We quickly found an ideal stock photo of these mountains:
And so, I worked on creating several recolored version of this image, that would give the cover a softer feel. In the end, she chose this option:
Using her example covers as inspiration, I added the final text and effects.
The end result is soft scenery with empty space around the type. It matches her brief pretty well, which goes to show that simplifying your story into only a few images is not a bad thing; if anything, it's more likely to sell the book.
Thanks for reading!