I have a personal interest in book jacket and cover design. I am an avid reader, and understand how important a book jacket is to its book. The designs on this page are my reimagined book jackets for C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe and J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan. At the end of this page is an explanation on my process of creating these book jackets. Scroll down to the "About the Process" section for more information.
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
About the Process
I began with sketching out very rough concepts for both jackets. Here are original sketches of both book covers.
Furthering the Sketches
I took the ideas from my original sketches, and drew out more complete scenes. I intentionally left out details knowing I would add them in once I brought the drawings into ArtRage.
Bringing the Sketches into ArtRage
I brought these sketches into the digital drawing program, ArtRage. Once in ArtRage, the sketches underwent many layers of detailing. Some of this detailing can be seen in these different steps of the evolution of the Peter Pan cover.
After undergoing detailing, the image was treated with color. The image was then brought into Photoshop for cropping and typography treatment. Below, the full evolution of these changes are shown through the cover I designed for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Finishing Touches & Finalization
Each section of the book jackets underwent the above process. I made the decision to show this process through the front covers as they were the most detailed, but no more important than the other sections of the finished products. After they were brought into Photoshop for final detailing and cropping, the images were pieced together in InDesign to create one continuous design. My vision for these book jackets was to be minimal, but inviting. I liked the idea of a sketchy-looking landscape because I imagined the readers being able to fill in the rest of the details with their imaginations.