Hello, everyone! Last week, I mentioned that one of my favorite book series is the Theatre Illuminata trilogy; while all three of those brooks are pretty flawed, in hindsight, they will always have a special place in my heart. So, for the alternate book cover assignment, I chose to create a new cover for the first book, Eyes Like Stars:
At first, I wanted the design of the cover to be a close-up of a woman’s eyes, as a reference to the title of the book, but after thinking about it for a little bit, I felt that that might not be relevant to the overall plot of the book, which is actually a teenage girl living in a magical theater where characters from pretty much every play under the sun live and roam around. So, I decided to make the cover reflect theater in some way. I went on Unsplash and Pixabay to look for various photos to use in my design (first searching for eyes, than for photos related to the theater) and eventually found the image of the chandelier in my final product.
I tried using Pixlr to edit my photos, but I wasn’t that fond of it, so I just used the two drawing software I already had on my computer–MediBang and Autodesk Sketchbook. I used MediBang to crop and resize the photo to how I liked it, and I used Autodesk Sketchbook to add in the text and do some touching up on the photo, itself. The lights toward the bottom of the image I thought made the words a bit harder to see, so I took an airbrush and lightly colored over them to match the background color. I knew I wanted to use more formal fonts for the title of the book and the subtitles; I looked at some of Canva’s options for complimentary fonts, but none of them were scripts and the serif fonts were almost always paired with sans-serif fonts. While I may go back there and look at their options again, in the future, they just didn’t really offer what I had in mind for this particular assignment.
I really like the colors in this photo, the dark blues/turquoises and the dull, pale yellows. They give off a cool, sort of eerie vibe, which I think can work for a fantasy type of story, like Eyes Like Stars (and, by extension, the rest of the Theatre Illuminata trilogy) is. The darker hues also create an air of mystery, which I think is also appropriate, since a major subplot involves the main protagonist trying to figure out the truth about her parentage.
In the end, I feel like I did a pretty good job of conveying the general vibe of the book in terms of aesthetic and theme.