The Road - book cover

TheFlyOnTheWall's picture

Hello!

I'd be very grateful if you would give me some comments on my "The Road" by C. McCarthy book cover... it's done as an exercise. And because I loved the book. :)

Thanks!

TheFlyOnTheWall's picture

Here's another version...

akos.polgardi's picture

Hi Neven,

I really like your idea as well as the execution. I prefer the second version because it shows more of the dirty background texture and it has a better colour balance. Even so, I'm not sure about the horizontal blue stripe. It seems to me that it doesn't do any work in terms of symbolism and a second colour (the first being the author's name if we take the rest as different degrees of grayscale) is just too much.
Also, if you have access to a printer you should see how they look covering an actual book. At least, this usually helps me a lot.

Keep up the good work,
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TheFlyOnTheWall's picture

Thanks for your comment, akos! I also prefer the second one. :)

I would leave the blue line, though, because it symbolizes the sea - here's a quote from wikipedia revealing some of the plot:
"Realizing that they will not survive another winter in their unspecified original location, the father leads the boy south, through a desolate American landscape along a vacant highway, towards the sea, sustained only by the vague hope of finding warmth and more "good people" like them"

akos.polgardi's picture

I'm familiar with the story, but as far as I remember, the sea turns out to be far from the blue salvation they hope/expect it to be. Anyhow, I just think a less varied colour palette would reflect the bleak tone of the book more adequately. I might be completely wrong though.

TheFlyOnTheWall's picture

You might be right. :)
I'll try and play more with the colors... Or less. ;)

akos.polgardi's picture

Good luck with it and do share if you have anything.

JohnJamesSmith0's picture

Just wondering: why aren't the counters in the A's filled in too?

TheFlyOnTheWall's picture

No reason, really. I can fill them. :)

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