Over on Instagram my friend Alicia (@vineandthistle) and a couple of her friends are hosting a #LetteringPortfolio challenge. The latest "assignment" is to design a book cover and of course include some hand lettering. Book cover designs are my favorite. In my dream world, I sit around reading books and designing book covers all day, with coffee of course.
I knew pretty quickly which book I wanted to do. Garden of Eden is the first Hemingway book I ever read. I read it almost 15 years ago during a camping trip at what has become my favorite spot on the Current River. It's a seriously weird book but is special to me.
After my failed attempt on the previous #LetteringPortfolio assignment, I knew I needed to spend a lot of my time on the lettering. I wrote the title about 75-100 times in pen, with a thin brush, with a fat brush and then finally in pencil and overlayed that with the brush work. My concept was to layer two silhouettes possibly a boy and a girl. (If you've read the book, you'll understand why.)
I ran across these collaged silhouettes from earlier this year and decided to just use them. I took photos of each of them and played around with layering the two using an app on my phone. (My iPhone collage course is still available if you want to learn how to do that.)
I got one that I was happy with and then added the lettering to it in Photoshop. This was such a fun project that once I got past the lettering part of it, I didn't want to stop working on it.
So you know, if you need a cover for a book I'm available. :)