Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Creating a Sci-Fi Paperback Cover

How does a sci-fi manuscript become a cover? 

After reading the manuscript I produce lots and lots of thumbnail sketches.

Then I make more comprehensive sketches (not shown here), and sometimes some suggestions for typography in the form of tracing paper overlays.  

I have to arrange the tonal values of the top of the composition so that the type will read clearly. Then the art director puts it all together in the final printed proof, which the sales team takes around to bookseller accounts to get a buy-in before the book is even printed.


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