So here we go, here’s the finished covers. I’ve tried to capture them altogether, in situate (on a book shelf) and as scans for full access to the designs in their imperfect glory.
The Three front covers
The Covers next to the real books…
Scans of the three covers
Little note – the Invisible Man cover is more green coloured in reality the scanner has made it a sort of dull yellow.
Looking at the penguin blog and Pinterest I found images that were more in the category of ‘classic’ design and then pinned these onto a board to help me with new designs.
I realize I haven’t really written about my process with designing a cover for ‘The War of the worlds’. The research is all in my sketchbook along with annotation but what I haven’t said is I got to a point where I’d made some designs and they weren’t having the affect I had intended.
I had decided to try paper cutting a scene of the martian tripod creatures approaching the London Skyline, I found a photograph of the London Skyline from 1935 which fitted with when the story was set, as the landmarks that appear in the book, one of which is St.Paul’s cathedral so I looked for that.
Photo of London Skyline – 1935