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With seven "chapters" already published - seems like a gradually emerging masterplan?
Not at all! After having created about two dozens of covers in a first rush I gradually became aware of the different aspects of doing crime story covers:
the way to cut the raw photograph. Of course there´s the need to do it bookwise as a vertical frame. This was a new to my photography as I mainly do it horizontal pics, mainly of convenient=anatomic reasons: you have to move your arms not too much to do it. In these chapters I always show some tutorial aspects like before-and-after, how I prolong some single-coloured parts of the pic to get some space for header, or how much of the original frame I actually use- just look at the pics on the right:
The second chapter is dealing with the different kinds of photos: the colourful ones, the more graphic pics, blurred ones and how they could individually fit into the project. There are also some examples shown (here on the left).
Then there are the different "species" of pics. I separate those feeling like film stills from those doing more symbolic tasks regarding the story. Then there are some pics which stand for the idea of the whole book like icons. Also some pics work as some enigmatic hooks.
The creative process of naming those photos to complete the book cover and therfore the idea of getting from mere pics to a somehow more valid story.
Going along with the covers there is always some design work dealing with the marketing or public relations of reingretchen. I not only started to think about doing some quiz these pics as a side-effect are good for new splash screens.
On the "story side" I very much enjoy the recherche. Starting at one point, mostly in relation to a certain motif I spread out into the internet and for hours open up tab after tab. For me its some kind of premium self-education- discovering fascinating facts or trivia, learning about human history, psychology, science, literature, language, sport, weird inventions like the recently disvovered "robot hall of fame", infotainment at its best that even affects my creative work- superb!!
-to be continued-
Here´s an overview of the 128 cover drafts done since August 2012