Book Cover Design: Illustrate Stories with Evocative Images

A course by Owen Gent , Artist and Freelance Illustrator

Artist and Freelance Illustrator. Bristol, United Kingdom.
Joined May 2020

Learn how to distill the words of a book into a single image using watercolors, handmade textures, and Photoshop

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  • 3314 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn how to distill the words of a book into a single image using watercolors, handmade textures, and Photoshop

A course by Owen Gent

Book covers are the perfect bridge between our world and the one created within their pages. Artist and illustrator Owen Gent uses subtle, intimate, human imagery to create his covers using watercolors and Photoshop. He has worked with publishers including Penguin Random House, Harper Collins, and Vintage.

In this course, Owen guides you through the steps you need to create a meaningful book cover of your own using a variety of both digital and analog techniques. Delve into the world of book cover design and bring your favorite story to life through illustration.

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What will you learn in this online course?

18 lessons & 22 downloads

  • 99% positive reviews (163)
  • 3314 students
  • 18 lessons (3h 29m)
  • 22 additional resources (8 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create your own professional book cover, combining watercolors, handmade textures, and Photoshop.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone interested in book cover illustration or exploring an alternative approach to their existing designs.

Requirements and materials

Previous experience with Photoshop is essential.

You will need paper, brushes, and dark-tone watercolor, as well as access to a printer, scanner, a computer with Photoshop, and other materials specified by the teacher in this course.


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Owen Gent

A course by Owen Gent

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Artist and Freelance Illustrator

Owen Gent is an artist and freelance illustrator who specializes in book cover design. Growing up in Devon meant he was inspired by nature from a young age and always dreamed of being an artist. He went on to study illustration in Falmouth in Cornwall, and there, began experimenting with telling stories through the traditional and digital painting techniques which are now an integral part of his work.

He currently creates from his studio in Bristol and has worked on everything from editorial illustration and advertising to record sleeve design and animation. During his ten-year career, he has worked with publishers including Penguin Random House, Harper Collins, and Vintage and had his work recognized at the D&AD Awards, International Illustration Awards, and Cannes Lions - International Festival of Creativity.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Creating Reference Material, Exploring Visual Ideas and Generating Roughs

    • Presentation of Materials
    • Choosing Your Book and Creating Simple Reference Materials
    • Thumbnail Sketches and The Power of Composition
    • Developing the Strongest Thumbnails into Initial Roughs I
    • Developing the Strongest Thumbnails into Initial Roughs II
    • Creating Full Jacket Roughs
  • U3

    Creating the Final Artwork

    • Transferring and Drawing Out the Final Illustration
    • Watercolour Painting
    • Scanning Into Photoshop
    • Separating the Painting into Individual Layers
  • U4

    Editing the Final Book Jacket

    • Adding Colour Using the Selective Colour Tool
    • Bringing in Found and Handmade Textures
    • Finishing Touches
    • Tracing the Type and Final Graphic Design Tweaks
  • U5

    Showing Off Your Cover in Your Portfolio

    • Bringing Your Book Cover to Life with Mock-up Templates
    • Sharing Your Cover Online
  • FP

    Final project

    • Book Cover Design: Illustrate Stories with Evocative Images

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Book Cover Design: Illustrate Stories with Evocative Images. Design course by Owen Gent

Book Cover Design: Illustrate Stories with Evocative Images

A course by Owen Gent
Artist and Freelance Illustrator. Bristol, United Kingdom.
Joined May 2020
  • 99% positive reviews (163)
  • 3314 students