WIM Book Cover "The Wind in the Willows"



  • @Squirrelsize Yo! this is coming along great. Here are my thoughts:

    I like the color palette it's cool and very relaxing which is really nice. I love the willow framing everything and how it feels like the willow is holding all the characters under its boughs.

    I feel that you need to play with your Unity a little more. You have all the characters, car, and manor in high detail. But the environment is too flat in comparison, it does not feel cohesive as a whole.

    The figures and tree especially look like you dragged a jpeg into illustrator and just applied a trace filter, and so you ended up with the very blotchy rendering on the tree. I actually really like this rendering, but since the whole piece doesn't follow that element it looks pasted together. Especially the otter in the lower left right now, it looks like a sticker added to the composition after the fact.

    I would actually suggest cutting out some of the figures. I know you have spent a lot of time on them and it would suck to throw out work, But, I would simplify it down to just mole and rat in the boat and keep the manor on the hill, but cut out the car, badger, and otters. I know you wanted to show all the main characters in the cover, it's getting overcrowded and the other elements don't mesh as well. Simplifying it to mole and rat in the boat would really help this design.

    I love the lettering, and the angle that it is at!

    Keep up the great work! this is gonna rock and I can't wait to see you continue along.



  • @andersoncarman Haha! You know, I totally agree with it looking over crowded. I have been thinking about the idea of taking things out. I think that would be a good direction to go for. I also agree about it not looking cohesive. I think taking out some of the characters and elements will help. I'll mess around with that and see how it looks. Thanks for the input man! Someone with fresh eyes can really make nagging thoughts real. lol

    What are your thoughts on the gradients?



  • Yep! I like it Better
    I think I need to do something about that texture on the tree now. I reckon either add more texture to the rest of the scape or take it out all together.

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  • Textures Galore!
    I added a wee bit of orange in the sunrise. Should I leave it? Yea or nay?

    I'm still working on the gradients and I need to tweak the mansion and surrounding trees.
    Anything else that pops out to you all that I should change or move around?

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  • @Squirrelsize hey that looks really good already ! excited to see the final - and I am for the orange light πŸ™‚



  • I like the texture and the color change, makes it warmer.



  • I also can't wait to see the final! Always really impressed with your art style @Squirrelsize . Great job!


  • SVS OG

    @Squirrelsize I love this! I love the texture and the trees and I like the orange you added too. It makes the characters pop I think since it’s refleced in the water as well.


  • SVS OG

    I'm late to the party but I vote for orange too. Really nice cover.



  • I'm having more fun with textures and effects. I tweaked around with the title typography. I'm liking how the title looks, but I'm thinking I might try a few different fonts for the author's name at the bottom of the cover. Not sure if I like it or not. What do you all think? Maybe something that will compliment the font title a bit more. Do you all have any good fonts that could work?

    You all liked the orange so much I added a bit more!

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  • It is much better, more orange is also good idea. Like the texture on the sea and the background. I do like more the sharp edge of the cover, like the version before, not the texture edge of the cover as now.



  • Here is another one with a few different effects. I also did the hard edge too πŸ™‚

    How do you all feel about the new Author's name font?

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  • Here are the last three for comparison:

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  • SVS Team SVS OG

    @Squirrelsize this really came together great. I prefer the middle on but with a hard edge. As far as the author font, I tend to like something very basic and in the sans serif family. But that is just my opinion on that.



  • I also prefer the middle one and with hard edge.



  • @Squirrelsize I like the first two. The last one I find too light ad the characters in the boat to sharp a contrast -I feel it gets lost/messy. πŸ™‚ Which now looking at the second one I find the character and boat area similar to my issue with the third one but like it better.



  • Wow! Thanks you all! Some really good tips and suggestions πŸ™‚



  • Left is the old dark one. Right is the new with straight edges.

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  • @Squirrelsize I like straight edges

    Nice work! this is looking great!


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