Cover Concepts

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At the moment, I’m working on developing the cover to The Founders by Holly Barbo which will be released by Paper Crane Books sometime in April (at least, that’s what we’re shooting for). We were discussing what would look good and what was important about her novel. Taking everything into account, I sketched out 6 different concepts of potential covers.

The Founders cover concepts

Sketches of concepts

The idea of sketching out the concept is you being able to see it. It also helps set out a good direction for when you start to gather your images, artwork, and maybe even start putting together a color scheme if need be. Lucky for me, Holly is a wonderful artist, so we’re considering using her own artwork. Because The Founders is also the first book in a series, we wanted to make sure that every cover could easily have a series of covers to go along with it to make the series look unified. I don’t want one book to have something simple and then the next book have something elaborate. That doesn’t make sense when creating covers for a series.

Cover Concept 01 Cover Concept 02 Cover Concept 03 Cover Concept 04 Cover Concept 05

While coming up with the rough drafts of all six covers, concept #6 that I had initially sketched just wasn’t working. So I scrapped it. Since then, we’ve narrowed 5 down to 3 covers leaving us with concepts #1, #2, and #4 to deal with. I’ve probably spent a good 3-4 hours alone working on cover #2, which so far I’m liking the best. I need to finesse covers #1 and #4 and then we’ll be able to come up with a finalized decision.


We originally went for a daytime concept


Holly had a brilliant idea to change the scene to night. Makes more sense for the book, too.

We have a lot more work to do, but you get to catch a glimpse of some of the process behind making a cover. Hopefully we’ll be able to pick out a final cover this weekend!

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