Seraphim: Carpe Noctem
Reference project & cover case study
|Final version of Seraphim book 1|
This project started out with a simple briefing and ended up being a complete jacket -design assignment, including the layout, typography and coverage of promotion material such as bookmarks, business cards and placards.
Back to the actual briefing, I was asked by a local book publisher to do a cover for a novel.
This novel should depict the female main character, a vampire, in a mere local setting.
Without wasting much time, I depicted several roughs as “thumbnail-sketches” to have the author and publisher chose from. These sketches are often rough but I keep the aspect of leaving space for later typography at all times in mind.
The publisher and author were all for the last rough and decided to make me do a different take on this one. Another 2 roughs were worked out before I got to do the detailed drawings as seen below that depicts all the important parts of the briefing.
|Book 1 process sheet|
The key elements were the unusually and eyecatching red hair, full moon at early morning and a typical local background, a roughly 2000 years old Roman ruin that is called “Kaiserthermen”.
In the process of developing this illustration, it clearly changed often, the first idea was to put the 2 characters on a handrail, but later we decided to do a setting at a gate to a park that is near the ruin, not exactly the same perspective, but that is what illustration is all about: showing things in a way photography isn´t capable of.
Another good example of things that illustration can do is the brightness, that is evident through reflecting mist, which was added as element of creating a mystery. Its clearly not possible to do such a setting with photography.
|Font layout and typography|
The typography part was something I learned while collaborating with design agencies in the past. Being specialized in doing book covers shows it advantage here. The font had to be elegant and also recognizable enough, as a series of other books is planned with the title Seraphim as well.
|The book layout from cover flaps to |
front, back and spine -design
This is the final layout which was delivered for print as xpdf file. The CMYK conversion matched the screen exactly even the tiniest shades of dark clothes were separated, a word of praise to the printers here.
All in all it was a very successful collaboration work, the layout above was for a 5-sided booklet, as seen in the printed and finished product shot below.
|Final print accompanied by business cards and bookmarks|
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Book 2 and 3
The book above is the first in a series, below you see the next in line, book 2 and 3.
Important to not is the coherence in design that was as much guideline as hurdle to the development process.
|Seraphim: Mea Culpa - Book 2|
|Book 2 Process sheet|
|Seraphim: Veritas Obscura - Book 3|
|Book 3 Process sheet|
Side-by-side view of all 3 books (Example of a flyer)