I’ve always been fascinated by ballet. One step in particular has frequently mesmerized, and at the same time, scared me. The dance on pointe. When I see a ballerina spin on her toes, my heart races. Both with excitement and dread. It’s like I can feel the joy in the spin and the pain in my own toes. Maybe that’s why these covers made me stop and look.
The on pointe.
Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova
Laurel Snyder and Illustrated by Julie Morstad
I just love how elegant this cover is. The controlled colour palette works wonders in bringing focus to the subject. At first glance, it is a very simple piece of work but as you keep looking, you will be able to the details that have been incorporated in to it; like those on her dress and wings. Mostly, it’s the attention paid to the dress, from the hemline to the ruffles on her pants, that blows me away. The typography however, is just passable. It’s not bad but it’s not great either.
Outside the Limelight
Terez Mertes Rose
I like how despite using pastel colours, the cover is so dramatic. The blue floor provides a pronounced contrast against the faded blush pink without employing the use of high saturation. At the same time, the items scattered around the ballerina’s legs provide a sort of frame that cause the focus to fall on the main subject. The use of this particular picture, where one foot is bare, as the main image is a brilliant move. I love the symbolism of it all. I am not a big fan of the off-kilter title arrangement but the font used is absolutely perfect for the cover.
This is a conventionally beautiful artistic illustration. There is good focus on the subject, incorporation of the main symbols, a beautiful color palette and good title treatment. It checks all the boxes. What is clever about this cover is that even in the thumbnail size, the effective use of that spotlight on the ballerina will ensure that it is eye-catching and will let the reader know exactly what the story is about. I find the cover quite pretty.
My favourite cover among the three was Swan. Which one was yours?
About the Author
Amala Benny is an avid reader and professional book cover designer who has designed for multiple award winning and bestselling authors. She spends her free time Fangirling over Ilona Andrews and Leigh Bardugo.