Tuesday, March 27, 2012

One Cover, Two Looks

The image used on the cover is taken from an 1890 lithograph by Calvert Litho. Co. entitled Trapeze Artists in Circus. I really like this image as it speaks to friendship, and the women reaching out to each other is quite lovely. I cut out these figures using Photoshop and layered them on top of a grainy background that gives a vintage feel. In the first cover, the focus is clearly on the women with the eye sweeping upward. I used a script font, with the red in the author’s name at the top right acting as a counterbalance to the focus on the bottom left.

The second cover has a more modern look. Here, the blocked text is the focus with the eye sweeping down and around, following the curve of the woman’s legs and arms. The modern font is in stark contract to the vintage looking black and white image. The background is blue, suggesting the sky.