A book cover is the appearance of a book to the world. The saying goes not to judge a book by its cover. Still this is often one of the first aspects of a book that a reader first notices. The concept of our book cover started through discussion between Debby, her daughter, Leah Morrison, and I.
Leah is the proud mother of Logan and Logan is also the main character in “NEXUS.” I thought of certain concepts like arrangement of items on a side table inspired by a CD cover of Howard Tate album “Rediscovered,” where you have a simple black table surface with a cup (pictured below):
I wanted a similar table concept. We decided to elaborate and to include other items connected to our story. Our spread became more complex as you can see below:
Leah took a number of these photos so that we could find the best one in terms of light and shade. An interesting effect occurred when we dimmed the lights and had the yellow shade of the candle as the primary light source:
We liked the warm glow of the candle but with either picture we felt the composition was too busy. We understood how the articles in the photo connected to our book but most readers would be overwhelmed.
Leah and I discussed other ideas and then we settled on cupped hands with petals falling down from them. The design would have wonderful symbolism, particularly since the cupped hands looked a lot like a human heart, which worked with one of the primary themes in NEXUS, Compassion. So here is that idea expressed in a photo:
We had photographed both Debby’s hands and my hands. In the end, we selected the image above, though we had a debate about whose hands went into the final cover art. Soon we realized this photo was the basis of the cover art and it was definitely of my hands, as evident by the masculine body hair.
So now we have selected a photo and in my next post, I will explore how this photo became the final cover art and how we selected from different versions of it.