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Below are what I call my Redesigns. Each month I take a look at the New York Times Best Seller’s List, pick one of the Top 10 titles, and “redesign” the cover.
(Original covers always on the left, my designs always on the right)
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van Der Kolk
When I first looked at this cover, I saw red, white, and blue…and the yellow star/asterisks and thought they looked like fireworks. The color scheme just didn’t work for me. I found this image of a distressed/depressed-looking girl and added the cut/scar marks in Photoshop to give the appearance of a girl keeping “score” of her trauma by cutting herself. Then I gave the cover a sickly green tint so there’d be no mistaking the nature of the book.
A Gambling Man by David Baldacci
For my first Redesign, I chose this cover because I wanted to know what this red car has to do with “the gambling man.” I read the description of the book on Amazon.com which mentions it’s a “1939 Delahaye convertible” that he apparently acquires in Reno. Does he acquire it gambling? Don’t know, but this is a story about a man, not a car. The description says he also picks up an “aspiring actress” and goes on to describe how the man, Archer, hopes to apprentice with a P.I. and former FBI agent. The two “infiltrate the world of brothels, gambling dens, drug operations, and long-hidden secrets…” Again, doesn’t seem to me this is a story about a car, but about a man. I chose to focus on that for my cover and drew inspiration from playing cards—both the Ace and King.