Thursday, December 30, 2010
At last, the Most Glorious Cover!!
Now knowe yee the proportions of your ipocras, than beate your pouders, eache by them selfe, and put them in bladders and hange your bagges sure that no bagge tough other, but let each basinge touch other, let the first basin be of a gallon, and each of the other a pottell, than put in your basin a gallon of red Wine, put these to your pouders, and stire them well, than put them into the firste bage, and let it ren, than put them in the second bagge, than take a peece in your hand and assay if it be stronge of Ginger, and alay it with sinamon, and if it be strong of sinamon, alay it with sugar, and look ye let it ren through sixe renners, and your ipocras into a close Vessel and keep the receit, for it will serve for sewers, than serve your souvraign with wafers and ipocras.
Book Covers ... Our road to artistry?
distilling the true essence
2. Identify the story as fiction
4. Look professional
6. Not look like a headless bimbo
Review the research;
What elements to use?
The story background
Step the Third
The Design components
Though I can claim one victory, all the covers will have a background based on that of a Tudor period fabric or painting.
Step the Fourth
Bringing it together
Thus we arrive at the individual components for a cracking good cover, once more I skimmed through the Internet searching out examples and came across the following
The Fishpool Hoard
To bring the coins up to date I found an image of a gold angel of Henry VIII. I chose the yellower colour to indicate an earlier coin of pre debasing vintage, since the later ones had a redder tinge from the copper alloy. Our talented and obliging artist Alexander quickly rendered the face with the figure of St Michael (thus the reason why they’re called angels) into a sketch and the design was away.
Letters from Holbeins Gisze painting
Thus began the refining process to turn our ideas into a similar rain of golden coins.
And Happy Waeshael and keep safe for New Year’s Eve!!!
The first has an addition of a cardinal's red cloth background sourced from Wolsey's portrait behind the book title. Then some gradient fading down the bottom beind the author name to obscure the base of the green curtain fabric. the coins have also gained more of a shimmer as they fall and reflect the light. I'm afraid the that the light gold colour has to stay to reflect the pure rather then redder debased coins.
After further reflection the design committee felt that the tudor text was too heavy for the title as well as difficult to read in thmubnail. So we swapped it with a clearer medieval text and thus have this the latest and who knows maybe the last version.
Let us know what you think?