I absolutely love book covers and I am not ashamed to admit that I have bought books solely for their covers. If you chose to read this article, then I am guessing you are either someone who appreciates the aesthetics of a cover, an author who is looking for inspiration for their latest book cover or a fellow designer. Whatever be the case, I am glad you have joined me in appreciating these beautiful works of art. If this sounds like an intro to joining a cult, then it probably is one. *insert innocent face*
So, without further ado, let’s bring out the Top 3 covers of the week.
(And by top 3 of the week, I do not mean that they were released this week but rather selected for this week’s feature)
Children of Blood and Bone
Where do I even start with this one? From the colour palette to the detailed illustration, this entire cover is a gorgeous piece of art. I love the black, red and white colour combination. It’s extremely eye-catching and the use of the white (is that hair or something magical?) is just brilliant. This way the typography won’t be invisible or relegated to the backseat. Often, in a cover with such gorgeous and detailed illustrations, typography is not given much attention to. Which is why, I am so happy that the designer of this cover actually managed to make the words a dynamic part of the illustration.
However, as a designer, I can’t help but nit-pick. I can see that a few minor adjustments can be made, like making sure ‘Children’ stays inside the white part, and putting more space between the author’s name and the book title. But those are just minor things.
My favourite part of this cover is the intricate design on the forehead of the character. I love how the illustration is so detailed in some places and simple in others. It effectively narrows down the viewer’s focus to the main parts of the art like the eyes, the ornaments and the left half of the face. This technique aptly enables the cover to stand out in thumbnail size as well as display its amazing details once you click on it for a closer look. This one is in my top 20 favourite covers of all time, and I’m waiting for the trilogy to be completed to start this book. I am so excited!
It Ends with Us
Those who know me know that I am a huge fan of fantasy covers. I don’t tend to pick romance covers for my top lists. But there is something about this cover that just drew me in at first sight. Actually, most of Colleen’s covers have that ‘it’ factor. They stand out from the rest of the book covers in the genre; for example, Ugly Love, Maybe Someday, November 9. At first glance, all her covers are really minimalistic, but the more you look at them, the more you start to see the tiny little details. To me, these details are what make a cover successful.
In the case of this cover, I was mainly attracted by the typography. I rarely get to see left aligned typography and that too in such a big and bold font. It’s just beautiful! I also like how the background was not left plain but given texture by adding a picture of a wooden floor making it look as if the flowers fell to the ground and shattered. As a result, it allows the cover to tell a story. Flowers represent the start of a relationship and broken dishes on the floor represent the end of one. By juxtaposing the two together, the cover manages to perfectly tread the line between revealing too much and not revealing anything at all. How smart!
Another reason the cover grabbed my attention is because of how much the typography interacts with the rest of the elements; the ‘R’ of the writer’s name hiding behind the stem and parts of letters hidden beneath the flower shards. All of these make the cover come alive. It’s such a clever cover.
Dharmayoddha Kalki: Avatar Of Vishnu
Apart from the title font and effects on it, I’m absolutely smitten with everything about this cover. I thought a lot about whether to feature this particular cover or not, but the art work was just too gorgeous to leave it out. I love it when action book covers show the protagonist mid movement and from unusual angles creating an illusion of watching an epic film. The beautiful use of sun flare, the grass at the bottom, the glint on the sword, the attention to human physique as well as the bow and arrow on the character’s back. In addition, the representation of the antagonist does not provide too many details avoiding much of the distraction that could be caused. I admire the thought and effort that has gone into creating the background.
The reason I hate the title is that it adds black shadow to make it stand out. Instead, a colour that contrasts well with the background (maybe something in the family of yellow or orange) could have been chosen. Another option was to darken the sky at the top so that the white stands out more. I am not too fond of the font but it’s an okay one. The rest of the textual elements, including the spear under the title and the by-lines are excellent touches. I really like the yellow award laurel saying it’s a national bestseller. It’s eye catching without being overpowering; a really good balance. One other interesting detail is how the first letters of the author’s name are bigger than the rest. If it wasn’t for the title font and effects, this cover would have easily slid into my top 20 list. But, even though it’s not in my favourites list, I still adore its beauty and how dynamic it is. It makes me want to read this story – which essentially is the function of good book cover. This one delivers.
So, that’s my top 3 for the week. How much would you rate them out of five?
Do you have a cover that you absolutely love? Let me know and that may feature in next week’s list.
See you soon.
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.