I Love You Too, I Love You Three The Cover Story
Choosing the cover design
Things I like in a book cover: I love negative-space, also called white-space (which can be any color but in this case, it’s a shiny clean white). Negative space isn’t wasted space. The functional difference between a shovel and a pitchfork is the metal that’s missing.
That missing metal has a function, as does the missing stuff that can fill up white-space. White-space directs the viewer’s eye and emphasizes the image or type you want them to notice.
Voluminous white-space in a book-cover design means the image and type can’t be missed, and in a sea of children’s books that are a riot of eye-tiring and headache-inducing colors, it is restful and unusual, which makes it stand out from the rest.
The final cover:
That’s it for this story of how the illustrations for I Love You Too, I Love You Three came to be. Hope I’ll be posting again for a new children’s book very soon.
Click below to read more about the creation of a children’s book from conception to bookstore shelf!
- Part 1: The Manuscript
- Part 2: The Storyboarding
- Part 3: The Style
- Part 4: Slinging Paint
- Part 5: Slinging Paint Pt. 2
- Part 6: The Cover Story
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Hi! I'm Sheila McGraw. Welcome, and thank you for visiting. I began my career toiling in the “sequin-mines” of advertising and fashion houses as an illustrator and copywriter. Then, in 1986, Firefly Books approached me to illustrate a little book titled, Love You Forever.
Welcome hyper-typers and paint-slingers to my blog about writing, illustrating, and publishing books for kids and adults; art, crafting, and whatever else tickles my fancy.