These are chapter illustrations. They all need photoshop tweaking and I have some new detail ideas but some of them I feel are pretty close to done. A few don't even have line work on them yet, but try to imagine. I'm having trouble deciding which of my line work designs they should have on them..too many doodles right now.
Over all, I think they are more emotional than literal; they kind of remind me of mood boards. Most of them are based on the first paragraph of the chapter so the blurb on that page will possibly put you in that mood. The text is not real, just random cut out stuff, so disregard. Let me know if you think they need a lot more collage detailing, or just a little (or none I suppose).
I've been working as fast as possible, and I will definitely be able to meet the deadline but theres just a lot to do as you all know. Look a little later for the cover and some spread ideas.
Covers: I like the script style, but I think it would be fun to make the words with tree branches or give the lettering a 3D treatment of some kind. ps. drawing is not my strong suit if you haven't noticed.
Illustrations: I'm almost positive I want to start with photo manipulation, and use photoshop to give them the eerie, hallucinogenic feel. I like the idea of close up objects but we'll see.
Layout/Chapters: As far as layout goes, I do love the traditional look of a chapter book. If you change things up too much its just difficult to keep reading. I think the majority of the book would be 2 columns and then for chapter pages, lay out one column and illustrate around that column. I want them to be simple though, so the words are still most important.
Mood Board: I want to use bright colors, but pull them back in saturation or give them a muted feel. I do like the really intense, hallucinogenic colors, but maybe I would use those for the focal point, or just add here or there. This mood board feel really matte to me, but I'm starting to think I would like a more shiny quality?
Budget: Assuming I can keep this under 120 pages...I would like to do the 7x7 square with an image wrap hard cover. Thats $35.95 per book. 2 books would cost me $71.90. I don't know how much shipping would cost since we are all ordering together, but to order alone it is right around $10. Spendy project! Good motivation to do it well I suppose.
Expanded ideas/ revised sketches
I liked this cover design and have been playing with lots of different textures and ways to collage things together without getting that "scrapbook" feel. If this texture was a little tighter together in some areas I think it could work for fur or hair or whatever.
I liked the rule of thirds in this chapter layout so I think I'd like to have a couple different layouts for chapter headings that use this rule.
This is essentially the same mood board but I could some other bright yet muted colors and different styles i liked so I figured I could embellish.
there are other textures I'm playing with but they are scattered and all over my bedroom floor so maybe they will be more finished by monday! Having fun though, starting to find my theme for sure.