Proko Challenge Favorite Book Cover - FINAL SUBMISSIONS HERE
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April 2022 Proko Challenge with judge Madi Harper is here! This thread is for posting your FINAL SUBMISSIONS ONLY. Remember to upvote your favorites from other participants. We will have a community choice award :) To post your works in progress, and get the challenge details, rules, and prizes go to: https://www.proko.com/lesson/april-proko-challenge-favorite-book-cover-with-madi-harper/notes *EDIT: This challenge is closed! Congrats to all the winners! See written critiques and winners here - Book Cover Proko Challenge Results
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Lena H
I chose Siddhartha. I wanted to have an orange/yellow setting, because it plays in India. Also because of the orange monk ropes. I worked with watercolour and photoshop.
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Mike Crean
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Charlene
Ah nice, you've designed a full on dust jacket :)
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Shaun
Holy crap. One minute before the due cut off. Yikes. Haha. What fun it has been. For this challenge, to think of children's books, it took me a while to get going. I then remembered "Huge Harold," by Bill Pete. For me, it was the old victorian house on the hill in which Harold ran in for shelter for the storm. I loved that mystery, of an old abandoned house. I didn't know or identify as a kid, that I'm a fan of architecture, and this challenge really brought that to me. I also am a fan of chateau's and statuary, ornate decoration and ornamentation. I love lavish gardens, spaces filled with art and mystery, every element lending to beauty rather than mere utility. Amazing cars, also interest me. Classic styling. Thankfully, sports cars in the last decade have had some sexy curves added into them as well, in design. Milo, has a whole mansion...
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Shaun
After I made my final post at 11:58 PM, I was up for the next 5 hours learning photoshop at deeper levels and playing around. This challenge was superb to force me to work for a deadline, then be forced by circumstances to resort to bringing my drawing into photoshop. I had not intended that. I had to go through creative avenues not yet experienced, exactly. The main post is how things are set for an entry, here is a version 6 hours before entry deadline when I had to just digitize my sketch and take it into photoshop and work as fast and as best I knew how, allowing me to duplicate elements. Then, a more finalized version at 5:00 AM. Wow, to look through the entries. Such fantastic artistic skill sets and talent out there. I'm grateful to have been able to participate, and I've become a fan of this site as I'm getting into it more, and the Draftsmen podcast, is medicine for the soul. If I want to just up my vibe with positivity, that podcast is so incredible. I think it should be continued, and let Stan and Marshall just shoot the breeze about all things art, and life.
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Sara Alvord
Hello! Here is my book cover for Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Thank you for the challenge!
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Max Well
I read the book and I have to say it clicks, the silhouette adds a lot
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Sara Alvord
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Luis Antoni Del Águila Jacobo
Hello everybody, Last-minute submission, but I hope it is on time. My book cover is for Civilizations from Laurent Binet.  12x16 Inches. Traditional gouache painting, limited to 2 colors + black and white.   Imagine a Marvel's What If episode; this book is an awesome "What If Spain never colonized Latin America." Furthermore, What if the Incas would be traveled to Europe and expanded there. As cusqueño, I love to imagine the Incas without colonization. For the book face, I use the silhouette of Atahualpa (one of the book's main characters) contemplating Toledo's walls. (And I know that sounds like the book only makes the Incas the bad guys, but the book does a great job describing the expansion of the Incas civilization without the fellness of the colonization). On the other hand, the Sun simplifies the classical Cusco's Sun monument. It's rising because the book talks about the rising of the 5th "suyo" (the Incas civilization divided their territories into four parts or "suyos"). In addition, the "civilizations" title also uses a Quipu symbol (the ropes with knots that extend the linear characters). The Quipu was a communication system that the Incas developed in their times that consisted of multiple strings with multiple knots. I'm attaching my process. I hope you will enjoy it.
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Charlene
That book actually sounds like a really fascinating read. I love the graphic look to your painting and the way you did the font out of knots. Great style!
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vinny1
Hey yall, this is my design for The Metamorphosis. I finished the book recently and I was kind of surprised that there weren't more interesting book covers for such an iconic book, so I took a crack at designing my own. I hope you guys like it, I also posted a couple other designs on my instagram @ruby.taylor.art :)
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Susy Andrews
Wow, this is so......,what is the word I'm looking for....oh yeah, BAD-@SS !
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utatheartist
Awesome character!
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Max Well
Damn, I'd read the book if I saw this cover
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lightqueen
My attempt at one of my favs - I am the Harry Potter generation - inspired by Eileen Soper’s designs on Enid Blytons books.
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Elk
5mo
Love it!
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Charlene
Definitely getting those kid detective Enid Blyton vibes I think.
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Mike Crean
too many hobbits, so heres another classic. got the chance to read Gilgamesh, Iliad and Odyssey in high school, really inspiring stories. this was kind of last minute, watercolor on cold press , with some letters drawn in procreate.
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Heidi Hall
Hello! I chose to do the cover of the second book of the Trixie Belden series, The Red Trailer Mystery. It was first published in 1950, but my favourite cover was the editions republished in the 60s, called cameo editions because of the cameos of Trixie in the upper left corner. Mary Stevens did the original interior illustrations, so I included her along with the author on the cover. Trixie Belden books are also published under the name Kathryn Kenny, but Julie Campbell wrote the first 6 books. I chose colours based on the first cameo edition, as they're some of the first colours I think of when I think of Trixie Belden. I always feel a part of the Bob Whites when reading these books. They make you feel at home. I chose to illustrate Trixie and Honey spotting the orchard that's a part of the Smith farm. The Smith Farm and their old apple orchard are very important to the solving of the mystery! I hope you enjoy my cover! It was such a wonderful learning experience, perfect for where I'm at in my journey as an artist. This is completely traditional by the way!
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magali franov
this cover is wonderful, I'd definitely pick this up if i saw it in the bookstore!
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Ragnheiður Ásta Valgeirsdóttir
Straight to the childhood heart! Love it.
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Charlene
This looks really charmingly old school, like it came out of the 50's.
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Martha Muniz
Thank you for hosting this challenge! I've been really enthralled by Gothic stories this past semester and Rebecca quickly became my favorite book. The author excels at creating an eerie atmosphere throughout, so it was super fun to try and translate it into a cover.
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susieliveshere
Love the painterly face - really evocative
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devica
Rebecca is such a good book! Love the cover, I think you captured the essence really well!
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Daniel Stevens
Hey guys, here is my submission for the book cover challenge. I chose ‘Saltwater Buddha; A Surfer’s Quest to Find Zen on the Sea’ by Jaimal Yogis. I drew inspiration from Tibetan art and the The Legend of Zelda : The Wind Waker, which surprisingly had some overlapping characteristics. I felt it was a good marriage between meditation, the sea, and adventure. I hope you like it. I also highly suggest his other books including ‘The Fear Project’ and ‘All our Waves are Water’.
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Charlene
The way you drew that wave really compliments the title - all go with the flow kind of thing. I'm not sure how I feel about all the empty space to the right of the title though - it feels kind of odd to me, even though there are clouds there.
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Yashwardhan Singh
Cover for the little prince
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Elk
5mo
I love this book! I've read it in French and English.
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Átila Fialho
Hey people. Good evening. My book cover is "Open veins of America Latina". I'm not sure if it's my favorite book ever, but certainly my favorite from the latest I read. It's too said and bitter tho, so I could'nt let that feeling out of my cover. Congrats for everyone's works.
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susieliveshere
Very interesting concept
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Charlene
That's really interesting. I could see that on the shelf.
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Gohan D
Here is my submission for the book cover challenge, a cover for Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables.
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Charlene
The faces are rendered pretty well! They've got some good light and shadow happening. As a constructive critique I would consider putting the three faces closer together so there isn't that negative space in the middle and maybe using a white font to make it easier to read against the background. Good luck!
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firetrick
My entry for this month's challenge :-)
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Roderick Taylor
Hello all. This is my first time submitting to one of these challenges. I was excited by the prompt but struggled to pick a favorite book, so I settled for one of my favorite books. I hope you enjoy the submission. Roddy
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Charlene
This is a great book! I like the way you set out the title and the warm colour palette here. However I do think that the font chosen for T.H. White looks a bit oddly modern for the general style of this cover and the fact it's missing the full stops in it also makes it look odd. But I do like the drawing style for the characters and the tree. Good luck!
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Pandarine
Hello everyone, Here's my entry for this challenge. That was really fun to do, and I've seen a lot of beautiful covers. Mine is from a french fantasy book about a young boy in our times (well, the 2000's) who become a sorcerer, channeling magic with his connection to the stars. The name translates by "The Book of the Stars". It was my favorite when I was a teenager. Watercolor with two colors. Have a nice day !
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Charlene
Ooh I like the concept. The general sky composition reminds me a bit of the anime Your Name and I like the stars on the outside and the inside of the boy. It looks like a wonderful book and I think you illustrated the concept well! In terms of composition I would personally might have some more curved clouds and a darker sky with more stars so they could really pop because they're a bit difficult to see. I would also personally consider maybe a different font and colour for the font because I don't think it really portrays the magical nature of this book. Nevertheless, I like the gesture of the boy's pose and the way you used 2 colours! Good luck!
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Will
5mo
This cover design is for The Master and Margarita. I did a design inspired by the book awhile back and felt this was a cool contest to expound on that idea.
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Charlene
The linework in this is really neat!
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Veronica K
Hi everyone! Here is my submission for this challenge, a cover for Adam Silvera’s They Both Die at the End.
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Charlene
I have no idea what this is about but I love your use of texture and the way you shaped the text.
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Erika Gray
Hello, this is my book cover entry! I chose Circe by Madeline Miller as it was my absolute favourite read last year. Circe is a herb-witch exiled to a luscious island, so I chose an art nouveau style as I found the style’s “plant-based” themes and organic lines suitable. She is holding a glass of wine because we know her character from “the odyssey” for turning Odysseus’ men into pigs with enchanted wine.
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Nils
4mo
Great one ! reminds me of Alphonse mucha
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Charlene
Nice, I quite like the Art Nouveau style! I think her shoulders might be a bit broad but the face is beautifully rendered and so are the folds and creases of her clothing. I like the pale muted palette. Good luck!
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Ragnheiður Ásta Valgeirsdóttir
Hi everyone! This is my first Proko Challange! I couldn't resist to squeeze in some time for it when I saw the topic! It was a real challange to work with such a limited colour palette! The book I went with is one of my all time favourites, Sabriel by Garth Nix. A very good fantasy story with interesting takes on magic and good storytelling!
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susieliveshere
I love it! The font is really strong, the textured background adds interest without adding too much clutter. the composition is also super strong! I'm learning a lot just by looking at this piece!
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Charlene
Ooh I like the fonts, the swirling waves and the character outfit design there!
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