The making of the cover design for The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

Overview   Process  

Reading the book and thinking up a sketch.

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Client: That’s very gloomy, it seems Yana does indeed favor the color black. Was the blue color a conscious choice for the plants and all those pieces underground?

A brief pause ensues.

Client: I think that this is both fun and unusual))). I think we need to make sure all those pebbles give the cover a special character. At least its very unusual compared to other versions of this cover. We’ll take it! Drawing, changing the colors as we work to find the best design.

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Working on the endpaper.

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The sketch is ready. Starting to work on the calligraphy for the title.

The calligrapher takes the brush and a couple of sheets of paper and quickly sketches the text. The second variant written with a wide brush seems to be reinforcing the broken cartoonish style of the illustration.

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Typesetting both designs and showing to the art director. Should we go with the cartoonish one or the round hand-written one?

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The art director chooses the round text and asks to make the lines straighter, fix their varying slant and fading off towards the end. A couple of iterations is all it takes to fix these problems.

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Receiving sponsors’ logos and the picture for the endpaper. Positioning the text, and it’s done.

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