My first book cover thumbnails

  • Pro

    I'm doing research right now for the cover of my first book, the little panda book šŸ™‚ The story is about colors so I'm trying to show a lot of color in the cover, but I also want it to be very simple and striking. I made so many thumbnails, but these are the 7 that I like the most. This is my first book and I'm no expert on what makes a perfect book cover... I'd really like your opinion on which you like the most and why!


  • Ohhh! I like 4! Colorful and fun but my eyes focus on the title.

  • SVS OG

    I'm no expert in book covers either. But I like 5 the most, although I'd probably adjust the text a little because the word "de" seems to get lost a bit in that little spot of color. I love the splash of paint, though!

    My second pick is #2 because it's bright and colorful, but also you can read the text easily.

  • @nessillustration I like 4 and 2. They are all lovely

  • 3 and 5 draw my eyes the most. I think because the images and the text work together more in those.

  • Pro

    Thank you guys! This seems to go in the same direction I was thinking - my favourite was 4, my boyfriend's favourite was 2! So hard to choose...

  • SVS OG

    I like 7. Looks pro. Also 4. Great work!

  • SVS OG

    I like the splatter of 5, but 4 is great too - the contrast of the rainbow color behind a B&W panda is very striking and eye-catching. Great shapes too.

  • Pro

    @carriecopa Uhmm, you're right.. I might do 4 but with a splatter like 5 instead of the pastel colors...

  • @nessillustration

    My favourite is 3

    I really like them all though, in fact I love them šŸ™‚ I love how the colours pop with the black and white of little Panda.

    I picked 3 because it has a simpleness to it, yet feels fun. Feels like an explosion of colour is inside!

  • Iā€™d really like to see the full panda and parrot in the shot because the panda is black and white and clearly the main character. But the spalsh in 1 and 2 look the best with that touch of tealish-blue on the sode it looks perfect. So 2 with a bigger splash i think.

  • Pro

    Thank you so much everyone! All the answers are so varied! No one voted for 1 and 6 though, so I can at least eliminate those 2 hihi

  • @nessillustration I like 2, 3, and 5 the best.

  • I actually like the first 2 the best. I like #1 because of the lion tail- it makes you wonder what could be coming next and urges you to open the book. I also like the gentle slope of the hill and the way the animals all seem to be doing something, or going somewhere. I like #2 because it is simple, and joyful, and the close up of the two characters makes it seem more intimate. Number #3 is exciting with the splash, but I don't like the animals sort of pasted onto the front of the cover. It does not feel as well thought out as the others. 4 and 5 are certainly cute, but i would pick 5 over 4 because it has more energy. The soft pastel wash makes me think more of a bedtime kind of book, which is fine but colors can tend to wake us up, so it doesn't feel 100% appropriate to me. I like #6 because it gives atmosphere and energy, but the focus on color is lost a little bit. If you could add more colorful plants in there, I think it would wake it back up. It is a pretty solid composition and the horizon line makes it feel much more calm than the others. I think the sloping landscape in #7 is an improvement from #6, but I do not like the box around the letters, and I feel like you could add more color in the foliage in number 7 to make it really pop. I think these are all fantastic and really, they would all work. I think it comes down to what YOU want to make!

  • Pro

    @jeanebean Thank you SO much Jeane, that is incredibly helpful! I feel that whichever one ends up being the one, I'll refer back to your comment to improve on it more. Thank you ā¤

  • @nessillustration Just make sure to show the final, if you can! I would love to see more of your work.

  • Pro

    @jeanebean Absolutely!! I can't wait to show you guys this book when it comes together, and it will be soon too since the launch date has been set closer. It was originally supposed to release in the fall but they think it will do better in the Spring so I'm working full throttle on this and it'll be ready in a few months!

  • I like the variation of your different ideas.

    #2 is my favorite because the poses of the 2 characters are cute and so full of excitement. I like the color splash, and how it reflects the exuberance of the characters, while still leaving some white space to keep it from being too overwhelming. It would be nice to see more variation in the edges of the splatter as in #1

    It looks like it will be a fun book.

  • SVS OG

    So interesting to see what others vote for. I like #4 best, then #5, then #2. #4 and #5 have the biggest eyes, and that's what my eyes tend to gravitate towards, but I tend to prefer the subdued colors of 4. I like the relationship between the two characters on #2.

  • Love #5! i think it works for a childrens book cover better than #4 as its bolder.

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