Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Book Covers

I don't remember if I have talked about this issue before, but I was watching the "30 covers in 30 days" at NaNoWriMo, and I am reminded of the talent of the designers/artists making book covers...

I have a simple taste. I like the graphic covers, with the name of the book, the author and perhaps a picture.
I also like colors. I fell in love immediately with these new covers for Jean M. Untinen Auel's Ayla books... I love the cave paintings, and the simplicity of these covers is just... perfect :-) I hope the artists also makes the cover for the next book, that is supposed to come out next year.

 And then there's always the magical, mystical, mythical and medieval... ;-)
Just wanted to mention here that I love Pauline Baynes, especially her black-and-white illustrations. May she rest in peace :-)
Her miniatures are absolutely amazing... I wish I had the patience and endurance to keep working with my miniatures, so that one day I might be as good as she was :-)

Added a little later:
I would very much like covers like these for my books:
These are inspired by Swedish John Eyre
who made the covers for the Swedish prints of Dan Brown's books, 
and something similar to this for the Finnish author, Väinö Linna.
I don't like the colors, nor the daisies, but the idea made me cry.
Thank you, John, for understanding the Finnish folk soul and Väinö Linna :´)

 P.S. I found this about the Outlander covers. Oh, how I wish they had stayed with this cover! I would never have thought it was something for me... :-( I hate the book. :-D

P.P.S. These are the covers for my NaNoWriMo, designed by yours truly. :-)


Helena said...

Covers are SO important for catching a potential reader's eye - I LOVE the covers of some books. But now since I'm about to self-publish I have to shop for my own artist and be willing to spend a lotta money on the artwork. If self-published books aren't done just right, they look tacky.

Ketutar said...

You're so right. Now I have designed my NaNo cover for two years, and I like the results, but I don't like what I created while trying to get there :-D