Three books were chosen by me to have their covers re-designed. I really enjoyed reading one of Garth Stein’s books: The Art of Racing in the Rain, so I thought I’d choose his work to re-design the covers of.
After researching Garth Stein on his official website: http://www.garthstein.com/ (which was really helpful) I found he had only published three books as yet, although he has written two plays and one short film. He really was an interesting person to research and I will be checking up on him often to see what he does with his life. I only needed three books and did want to unify the three in someway that they were not already unified. I chose to do this through type.
The three books are:
The Art of Racing in the Rain, which is “A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life…as only a dog could tell it.” – this is the one I have read, and as a dog lover I thought it was great.
With this cover I tried to represent the dog’s (Enzo’s) feelings, I’m not sure if it was raining when he was telling the story, but I imagined it was, as well as the road – not a racing track but long and winding and going toward the light…
Raven Stole the Moon; “Jenna Rosen walks out of her comfortable, but empty life in Seattle to return to a small community in Alaska, the home of her late grandmother, a Tlingit Indian, a year after the drowning of her son, Bobby.Jenna herself does not know why she stepped unprepared onto a ferry for the uncomfortable trip into her past. But there are forces at work here that do not obey the laws of Seattle, nor even the laws of physics. Jenna meets a dog, a fisherman and a Tlingit shaman, each of whom plays a role in her quest. She even seems to meet her lost son.” This sounds great and if I ever find it in Australia I will read it that day.
I used the colours which represented to me an Alaskan cold, watery evening, the fir trees are also for atmosphere as is the raven, as a parent it seems to me to be a dark and compelling novel, I think I would be still searching for answers too. I think I conveyed this in the chosen colour pallet.
“How Even Broke His Head and Other Secrets is an original, somewhat offbeat novel that offers many rewards – a humorous writing style, an unusual protagonist, revealing insight into the NW music scene and a realistic examination of family and ethical issues that will have strong appeal for many age groups while still being an easy read. The novel forces the reader to contemplate what is really required to be a parent as well as the consequences of allowing others to make our choices for us. Evan’s relationship with his very proper, status conscious parents who have always been less-than-approving of his rock star lifestyle – but from whom Evan has kept many secrets – is another provocative thread in the novel’
Another I just can’t wait to read if ever I find it, and I’m sure I will… I really couldn’t wait to get started on this one and as soon as I read the reviews I got this image in my head and put it to paper. I hope I did it justice, the warmness or fierceness of father/son relationships is shown through the sunset, which really represents a lot of the changes the characters in this book would be going through.