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A Book Cover Like You’ve Never Seen

A Book Cover Like You’ve Never Seen

Have you ever walked through the bookstore and seen a book with a GIF playing on the cover? I bet not! If you have, please tell me what book! We’ve all seen the books that if you tilt them back and forth the image changes, but it’s not a GIF!

A few weeks ago, I created a book cover for California by Edan Lepucki. However, it was not a GIF! Here’s the original!

Now, I have created a new cover in GIF form as part of a 5-star assignment! I tried to stick with the same theme of having husband-and-wife duo, Frida and Cal, on the front cover, but also added a twist at the end! Enjoy!

In order to create this GIF, I downloaded and compiled two videos from YouTube.

  1. “Sunset – A Short Film From Joshua Gow” 
  2. “VHS Static Noise”

To finish it off, I added the “Sci-Fi” filter over the first video! If you’ve read California, let me know what you think! Even if you haven’t read it, let me know what you think!

The Land of the… Survivors?

The Land of the… Survivors?

I created an accurate as fictionally possible depiction of “The Land” in California by Edan Lepucki. Of course, as the title explains, these characters are in California, however, they travel to a community/part of land that is called “The Land.” When you think of the word landone may think about a plot of land where you can build a house, a large open field with nothing else around it, or something completely different! Let your imagination run wild! I sure did in order to complete this assignment!

I give you… The Land by Elizabeth Finto!

So it maybe looks a little chaotic, but isn’t that how the apocalypse is? Chaotic? Just a bit. Much like this semester…

How did I create this image? Well, I’ll tell you!

I went to unsplash.com and typed in the word “landscape.” I was given hundreds of different landscape images. Out of the hundreds of pictures, I chose four specific pictures that I think would work well together while also illustrating The Land as I pictured it in my mind.

The four images I used above:

After downloading each stock image, I used Canva to merge all of the photos together. I placed the very bottom image as the base, and then added the next three on top of it while adjusting the transparency of each photo until I got a result that I liked and felt was the most realistic! There is a stream, mountains, flowers, and greenery for miles. I had a lot fun with this! What do you think? Let me know!

Let’s See Some ID

Let’s See Some ID

Frida Ellis’s medical ID can be found above. If anyone sees her, please call: (804)-555-8156

Frida is pregnant and needs medical attention. Thank you.


BEHIND THE SCENES:

I knew I wanted to create an ID card for Frida, from the novel California by Edan Lepucki. I also wanted to find a picture that would best illustrate her and who I pictured while reading the book. I was originally going to create a fake California driver’s license for Frida, but I could not figure out how to do so safely and for free! Finally I found a program in which I could create an ID card for numerous things. This “Medical Information” ID card fit perfectly due to the fact that health is a key aspect of surviving the apocalypse.

Frida’s Apocalypse Bucket List

Frida’s Apocalypse Bucket List

  1. Figure every last thing out about Micah and the Group
  2. Figure out why the Millers committed suicide
  3. Live long enough to watch baby grow up
  4. Find our old house/neighborhood after this is over
  5. Eat pizza at least one more time

Frida’s bucket list was found today inside her journal, and I felt like the bucket list was very important to share. She and Micah, as a brother and sister duo have many secrets between the two of them. Yes, Micah is dead, but is he really? Frida wants to know everything about him and the Group before it’s too late. Sandy and Frida were friends, and she nor Cal can understand why they committed suicide. Yes, it is the apocalypse, but they were still a family and were doing pretty okay at surviving! Next, what mother doesn’t want to watch their baby grow up. She must live long enough in order to do so. After the apocalypse, she wants to find their old house, or at least the remnants of it. Maybe some things will still be there? Probably not. Lastly, pizza is delicious, and everyone deserves to have it at least one more time in their lifetime.

The Backstory on August

The Backstory on August

August, A.K.A. Frida and Cal’s ‘trading partner,’ has even more to his story than we could have ever imagined. He has always been someone who listens to other peoples’ problems before he explains his own story.

August grew up in a family in which everyone did everything for themselves. He basically taught himself everything he knows. His father and grandfather were always away working while his mother was busy taking care of his other siblings. He was the quiet kid in school who people picked on because he was “too smart for his own good” and he would spend time alone outside during recess at school trying to figure out different math equations and other algorithms.

As he grew up, he continued to teach himself basic skills such as how to start a fire, how to cook, how to have manners, and how to protect himself.

When the apocalypse began, a large military truck came rumbling down his street in which as many people that could fit were riding along trying to escape this monster. His parents, siblings, grandparents, and he all boarded this truck, which was more like a ship on wheels. He was separated from his family on that day. He realized that he needed to put all his survival skills to good use. He was going to get through this and he would see his family again at some point.

Everyone was crammed in the truck for hours. Finally, after about four hours, the truck came to a hard stop. August looked out, and they were in the middle of nowhere. There were no houses, buildings, cars, restaurants, etc. around. Did he die and go to heaven and this is what it looked like? Nope. Many people piled out of the truck and were told to get as far away as they could. However, as the doors of the truck closed, August realized his family were still in the truck. They would be taken to another location in which they would have to survive. August tried to see as far as he could as to see what direction the truck was driving so that he could possibly be reunited in the future.

August travelled into the dense forest while trying to find supplies around him in order to build a fort and fire for the night. Before night hit, he had built a lean-to type of hut to keep him safe for the night. He opened up his backpack in which he had a few blankets, food, water, changes of clothes, and soap. He pulled a blanket out and settled down by the fire, and just stared ahead.

As time went on, August figured that his family must’ve died because he hadn’t seen anyone in quite a long time. However, he had built a wagon/cart thing from abandoned car parts and wood from trees in which he carried different items such as soap, food, etc. that he could trade to other survivors for other valuable items.

After figuring out that he had created a very profitable “business,” he met two people who really stood out to him. Their names were Cal and Frida.


BEHIND THE SCENES:

As my apocalyptic novel, I read the book California by Edan Lepucki. One of the “background” (but also important) characters in the novel is August. He becomes ‘friends’ with Frida as he also helps them out by providing them with different items such as food, clothing, soap, etc.

I was intrigued by this character, and I knew I wanted to write a backstory for him for this assignment. Even the information that we were given about him, I just erased it from my memory and started over completely.

Week 6: A Recap

Week 6: A Recap

We’ve made it through Week 6! I didn’t know if I’d make it! This week has had its absolute ups and its awful downs. For one thing, I had to say goodbye to my sweet yellow lab, Molly, on Thursday after 14 years together! I hate it, but I’m getting through it!

Besides everything that’s been going on in my personal life, it was DESIGN week! I definitely think this week was definitely one of my absolute favorites. I got to discover a creative side of myself that I didn’t ever really know I had!

First, I completed three Daily Creates (Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday) :

(Not quite sure why my picture isn’t coming up for that last Daily Create, so here it is: )

 

Next, I watched two TED talks! The first was given by Paula Scher, and the other was given by David Carson. Both were very interesting! Paula Scher is most well-known for the creation of the Citi Bank logo! She also has taken different things, such as the US map, and turned them into her own art by recreating the map only using the names of cities, countries, states, etc. Pretty cool, right? She also has included humor in her designs. For example, one sign that she created was a bathroom sign that just said “Go to the bathroom” with an arrow in the direction of the restrooms. She takes ordinary things that we see everyday and turns them into something more noticeable and exciting! David Carson is also a very humorous designer. He originally started out as a sociologist! His designs are more minimalist, but are still quite interesting! They can be interpreted in numerous different ways! I’d love to see more of both Scher and Carson’s works! If you’d like to read more about how I felt about both of these individual designers, I wrote a recent blog post about it! Check it out!

I also got to work through a few tutorials on Canva.com! I have a new-found love for Canva! It’s so much fun and there are so many possibilities of what and how you can create!

The next project I worked on was my DesignBlitz! For this assignment, I had to illustrate five elements of design with images that I took! The elements I chose to depict were hierarchy, proximity, color, alignment, and space! Here’s the end product:

My favorite assignment from this week is next! It was to create an alternate book cover of the novel I am reading for this class for the semester, California by Edan Lepucki. I’ve barely started it, but it is a post-apocalyptic novel about a husband and wife who are learning how to survive in the wilderness after their world is stripped from them. I really liked the original cover, and wanted to continue the theme of the original to my new updated version. Check it out:

My second-favorite assignment from this week was getting to bring my apocalyptic character to life! I’m so excited to continue Annalise Huddleston’s story! Please join along in the journey! As I stated last week, Annalise is a doctor who specializes in cancer research and care. When I created her on Hero Machine, I decided I wanted to go ahead and dress her in appropriate clothes for the apocalypse, but put her in her own “natural” environment, the hospital.

Another favorite assignment from this week was getting to play with writing out Annalise’s name as a personal “logo,” if you will! Here’s the result:

The next assignment was creating a word cloud to describe and depict Annalise! I included words to describe her, as herself, and also words that describe doctors and their profession! I also really love the contrasts of all of the colors!

One last assignment I did was try to help Martha find her apocalypse hat!! She’s lost it and we NEED to find it! It’s urgent! If you know anything, please let me know!

One of the last things I did this week was become a part of a survivalist group! I’m so excited to work with my teammates! They all seem very nice and open! I can’t wait to be able to work our different characters into a story together! We need to make a survivalist group name! I’ll make sure to talk to them about that this week! I’m working with Taylor, Rachel, Morgan, and Emily! I am looking forward to getting everyone and fighting the apocalypse with each other!


WEEKLY QUESTION:

Group dynamics can be tricky.
What’s been the most successful group you’ve been a part of and what made it work?

I have definitely worked in groups that just haven’t worked at all! High school was the trickiest.

However, the most successful group I’ve ever been a part of would have to be the group I was in for a presentation we had to do in my Intro to Cinema Studies class. We were assigned a passage in the book, The Beguiled, and we had to adapt the passage in the book to a “storyboard” that we would use to turn the passage into a part of a film. We worked very well together, and I’d definitely work with each person again! One thing that worked so well was the way in which we communicated all the time. We kept each other in the loop. We’d send each other messages like “I’m working on this scene” or “I just finished this.” We also laid out an outline that we all agreed upon. Then, we divided the scenes/shots up amongst all of us evenly, and everyone was allowed to have a say of what parts they wanted to do/work on. We compiled everything into a Google Presentation, and ended up getting one of the highest grades in the class!! I was thrilled! We all were! It was definitely so great! Communication was key, as well as the fact that we each made time to all get together and work on the project as a group instead of only communicating through texting and Facebook Messenger.

“California” Alternate Book Cover

“California” Alternate Book Cover

One of my design assignments from this week was to create an alternate book cover for the post-apocalyptic novel I am reading this semester! The book I chose to read was California by Edan Lepucki.

Source: Amazon.com

I have just barely started this novel, but thanks to the upcoming spring break, I will have plenty of time to read it!

This is my own cover for California:

So why did I choose to create this the way I did?

Well, I really like the original cover filled with trees, which by the way are turned 90°. Since I have only just started reading, I basically know that the husband and wife duo, Cal and Frida, must survive in the wilderness after the apocalypse has destroyed the world they once knew. Frida is also pregnant! When I created my own cover, I decided I still wanted to include the forest theme, due to the fact that that is where Cal and Frida are now residing, and I also wanted to incorporate a silhouette of a couple consoling each other. I really like, when I’m reading a book, when the author illustrates one or more of the characters portrayed in the book so that I can start off the book with a good visualization of who I am reading all about. This silhouette in my version of the cover does not allow anyone to know what the two people look like. I decided this because I want to keep the mystery sealed for the reader!

Let me know what you guys think! Would you publish this cover?