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Book Cover Illustration Idea


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You're getting this down bud!!
That's cool.

I'm the only one that commented on the space ship? Really??

Good artwork John!

John Cox:

Hey Cowboy

The made up covers are a fun workout for graphic design and illustrations with emotional impact. The subject matters are all over the place to show how I can work from one area to another. Yet, some of the book covers don't reach my commenters. I get the feeling they're waiting for my goofier stuff.

Thanks for the kind word.


I dig all of the categories here.

It's just that sometimes John picks a subject of which I'm either completely ignorant or burned out on (my sci-fi days were the 70s to the mid 80s), & sometimes the impressions I get are beyond words.

On this one, I'm mostly ignorant. The first novel I read with what some would consider coarse content is The Count of Monte Cristo. I love that book. The second was Brave New World, & I liked it. I read Fear of Flying when I was 12, & parts of Princess Daisy when it came out (those 2 were on the shelf of an older girl who was a friend of my brother)--purely for salacious reasons. I had to read Grapes of Wrath in compulsory gubmint skrool English, & I thought it such a piece of tripe I went out of my way to avoid any book thereafter where such content was hyped.

I've learned since that there's more to this book than salacious content, but it's simply never made it to the top of my "to read" pile/list (I have stacks of old books that would probably fill a 12-foot cube, & a list of at least that many more that I'll probably read in the libraries).

This is still a very cool cover, though. The depths of layers & shades of complementary colors are very good, & the fonts are perfect (as with Exodus). I especially like the way the reflected image suggests the two hemispheres--& the way the blue tonal bands suggest the two tropics. Loads of metaphorical imagery.


All I remember about this book is an atomic wedgie, a crazy gym teacher with baked-bean teeth, and "Can't-Stand-Ya!!! Can't-Stand-Ya!!!"

John Cox:

Funny Seinfeld reference.

John Cox:

Hey T

Thanks for the thoughtful response. Surprising variety and well-crafted images, that's what I'm shooting for.


John Cox is a painter, cartoonist, and illustrator for hire. For information about purchasing existing work or commissioning new work, contact him by e-mail at john555cox [at] hotmail.com.

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