I don’t think I’ve ever gone through so many different versions when designing a book cover! The Babylon Eye went through quite a few look and title changes. Since I’ll soon be doing the cover reveal for this book, I thought I’d share some of the discarded designs. Keep in mind that the look of the design isn’t the only criterion, it has to convey the genre, set up reader expectations for the tone of the book and also be adaptable enough so that it’s possible to make tie in the sequel’s cover.
First attempt: at this stage the title was just Babylon Eye (no “The”) The dog is too flat and a bit clumsily drawn. Also not to sure of that title typeface!
In the next one the dog’s pose was inspired by the Persian bull mosaics from the Ishtar gate (there’s an Ishtar gate in the story). The main problem with this design is that it doesn’t really convey that the book is science fiction.
Something completely different for the next one. I’m not very fond of books that show the characters on the cover myself, but it’s a popular look. But my attempt doesn’t really work. It hovers uneasily between a sort of children’s book look, and something a bit more serious. I also really don’t like the fake plasticy gold of the title. And Meisje (the dog) looks a too goofy!
At this stage I was spinning my wheels and trying out different titles. The ghostly author name in the top left is not intentional!
My next idea was to focus on the main character. Yet again, a title change. This isn’t too bad but it doesn’t feel right for this particular book. I liked the typefaces though.
And after many more attempts, I ended up with my final design and title. Watch this space for my cover reveal 🙂
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