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70s inspired book cover design

The client (my dad) wanted an ebook cover for their self-published fantasy story, Nathan & Badger.

He reads a lot of sci-fi and fantasy, and we’ve always been big Pratchett fans, so I wanted to draw a lot of inspiration from that 70s pulp fiction vibe (see examples below).

Good Show Sir - Only the worst Sci-fi/Fantasy book covers
Famous Fantastic Mysteries; 30 Great Tales of Fantasy and Horror from the  Classic Pulp Magazines 'Famous Fantastic Mysteries and Fantastic Novels' by  DZIEMIANOWICZ, Stefan R. and Robert Weinberg and Martin H. Greenberg:
Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett | Terry pratchett, Terry pratchett books,  Moving pictures

I created a moodboard as I worked on this project, shown below. The two images in the top left were concept art/mockups by my younger brother, and my mum. I loved them both and wanted to draw a lot from those too.

The full spread in the center was also a concept sent over by my mum

I loved the huge moon and the silhouettes from mum’s version, and the more colourful design by my brother, with the mountains and sky visible.

The moon became part of the text and I found myself having accidentally made quite a cool logo, that he could use in promotional materials.

The silhouettes were from licensed stock photos and isolated with a layer mask,

The final design – Adobe Photoshop

I resized and converted a copy to a .tiff for Kindle publishing, but I also designed a spine and would happily design a back too, if he ever wanted to publish it physically!

You can see the finished result on the Kindle store here.

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