Exercise Book Cover Design: The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man was something I was a bit apprehensive about designing a cover for, but as with the Time Machine having features which tied the book covers together made it easier for me to approach the design.

I knew I needed something to have as a central shape, and something to have as a background pattern. Having not read the book before I spent yesterday morning reading the story in the hope of finding ideas for the design as I read. The problem with invisible man, is that he’s invisible which means asides from things he puts on i.e. the infamous hat, sunglasses, bandages, he’s indistinguishable. So I felt like my choice of central shape was limited to those objects, I chose the hat because I hadn’t seen a cover design with just the hat in the center. I’d seen lots of designs feather a bandaged head, hat and glasses though!

As I read through the story I was taken by the mention of glass bottles filled with strange liquids, and his chemistry lab set up – in his hope to find a cure. It occurred to me that I could draw little bottles filled with liquid and a line of smoke/bubbles and if simply done these could make a pattern for the background.

First design for The Invisible Man

First design for The Invisible Man

Close up of the design

Close up of the design

So that’s where I’m at – I’m thinking of a green for the liquid and smoke from the bottles and black outlines for everything else.

 

 

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