“For this week’s Photo Challenge, stimulate your creative process and imagine which of your images you would like to see gracing the cover of a book, an album, or a magazine. Would the image inspire us to take a peek through the pages, listen to the music, or buy a ticket to the show? Would it strike a chord with viewers, making them reflect on or revisit memories of places, people, and experiences?”
The Awakening by Kate Chopin is one of those books that already has a trillion different covers. But, I couldn’t pass it up for this challenge – since it’s my favorite book. I’ve read it 3 times, years apart, and see something different in it each time.
I chose to depict the most memorable, pinnacle scene of the book. It’s been done before (although not with miniatures to my knowledge), but it’s the point in the book where Edna truely becomes free – which is what she wanted all along, and therefore I couldn’t think of depicting any other scene.
I used a photograph for the sky, clay painted with acrylic paint for the ocean and an HO scale figure for Edna.
I struggled with what font to use. Font is always my hardest decision. I wanted it to look elegant, but not overly so, because Edna’s just not that type. I considered a handwriting, sketch type look, because of Edna’s love for sketching, but I didn’t want it to look too messy or childish. I settled on Banbridge, a Summitsoft font, but I’m sure if this was an actual book cover, going to print, I’d change my mind tomorrow.
Here’s my take, with and without text. What do you think? Does it pique your interest in reading the book?
You can see other covers I’ve created here.