Young-adult fantasy fiction book cover design

Young-adult fantasy fiction book cover design

Young-adult fantasy fiction book cover design

Project brief

Magpies and Magic, written by Timothy Michael Lewis, is aimed at readers who are into a young-adult fantasy fiction book. In the book, the magpie is transported to a world where all the creatures are much smaller. So it is the size relative to what a small horse would be in our world. The book is also slightly comic, and it is the first in a series.

Design process

Tim’s design suggestion was to have a magpie flying towards the reader with a dragon in pursuit. The aim was for the magpie to be the main focus of the cover. However, when flying, magpies spread their wings very widely. It was going to be hard—if not, impossible—to have a flying magpie on the cover without having to shrink it considerably. That’s why I came up with the idea of having the magpie sitting on a branch in full close-up. The dragon was in secondary plane, ferociously getting ready to attack the magpie. It was a great compromise. And that also made the cover highly visible as an eBook. Color wise, I used strong contrasts and warm hues. Font wise, the fantasy type seemed the best option. The overall mood I went for was action-adventure, fun, and magic.

Final thoughts

Tim was wonderful to work with. Besides his great personality, I discovered a highly creative author with an open mind. After all, he did make up a plot out of giant magpies and small dragons, right? He truly deserved a beautiful book cover and I’m proud he chose me to create it!

Links

Tim has his own small publishing company, Stoneham Press Ltd, where you can check out other books he wrote. You can also check out Magpies and Magic on Amazon, or follow Tim on his Pinterest, and Twitter account.

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