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Design a book cover for an upcoming autobiography called ‘My Time at Sea’. This book is about one man’s survival after a storm left him lost at sea, alone. Use a custom illustration and some original lettering to create an eye-catching front cover that’ll draw potential readers to it, and that really captures the struggles that the character faces throughout the story.
The strongest book cover designs often summarise the story with a simple image, so begin with some initial sketches and then work towards a bold final design. Perhaps you could begin with some thumbnail sketches of the story, and then develop one of the scenes, plus some lettering, for use as the front cover.
There are any number of style you could adopt; work through several, practicing different technique along the way.
Here is a selection of images by awesome designers to give you some creative fuel! Remember don't copy this directly, use them as inspiration only.
The Thin Edge of Mania by Douglas Noe
The Gospel of Judas by Ranganath Krishnamani
Tarka The Otter by Darren Booth
The Seed by Trish Mahoney
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