So I'm coming up on my senior illustration thesis, and my idea is to make a series of 4 jules verne book covers.
The idea is that they will consist of a 2-layered jacket.
The first layer will be a partial book-band with title and author and publisher info,
and underneath that will be a wrap-around jacket that folds out into a poster for the book.
The poster will be double-sided so that a panoramic scene will show on the outside of the book, with the poster image folded up on the other side.
Each entire book will have its own limited pallet of 2-3 colors, and be done like a silkscreen.
Here are some sketches and a mock-up to give you a better idea:
Okay, now formulate your own opinions and critiques of this idea.
Now here's an issue that a notoriously stubborn and difficult teacher of mine brought up, I want to know if you agree with him or not:
He thinks that handling each book in the same way is too repetative, and suggested that I should handle each book with a different "gimmick", like one has a clear vellum overlay, and one has a di-cut, another has a spinny part, etc... My problem with this is that it is an illustration assignment, and that really gets into paper mechanics and book construction, as opposed to drawing. Also, most series I've seen are handled in the same way to give a sense of unity.
I'll reference these sets to give you an idea what I'm going for.
by Gina Triplett
by David Peason of Penguin UK.
I'm leaning in favor of keeping these unified by similar designs and layouts, with differnet illustrations on each, but my teacher is really pushing me to do each one in a different way. Thoughts?