Monday, April 26, 2010

How a book cover is designed (Blameless, by Gail Carriger)

One of my holiday reading books was Soulless, by Gail Carriger.  In a most useful comment, Tehani Wessely gave a link to this YouTube video, which shows the design process for the third book in the Parasol Protectorate series, Blameless (Soulless, Changeless, Blameless comprise the series so far).  So, in case you don't read the comments on my blog as assiduously as I do... .  One to share with Visual Art teachers, English teachers...

Here are the three Parasol Protectorate covers so far.  I do rather like the combination of vintage and modern.

source of images is the author's website,

Cheers (and many thanks, Tehani!)


PS. I do rather like the moment in the video when they go ooops, the Eiffel Tower has to go - and also watching cars being erased.  Fascinating to see the process of graphic design.

PPS.  Blameless isn't out till September. Having really enjoyed the first two, I'll be definitely reading it.  How could one not wish to know more about Alexia Tarabotti?  And parasols, vampires, dirigibles, werewolves and so forth?

PPPS Gail Carriger has one of the best author bio pieces I've read:

Ms. Carriger began writing in order to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Ms. Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She now resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported directly from London. She is fond of teeny tiny hats and tropical fruit.

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