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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!

“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?