Cover Makeover – The Story Of Alice

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This weeks cover make over challenge is a book called, The Story of Alice, by Robert Douglas-Fairhurst. I haven’t really strayed too far from the original. I didn’t have anyone I could photograph for Alice, so I took a stock photograph and made a mask. Then the background was an old painting of the Mad Hatters Tea Party which I placed behind the silhouette of Alice, showing the picture more prominently through Alice and lighter for the rest of the background.  Anyway, I was quite pleased with the result.

The synopsis of the book is as follows:

Shortlisted for the 2015 Costa Biography Award. BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week. Wonderland is part of our cultural heritage – a shortcut for all that is beautiful and confusing; a metaphor used by artists, writers and politicians for 150 years. But beneath the fairy tale lies the complex history of the author and his subject: of Charles Dodgson, the quiet academic, and his second self, Lewis Carroll – storyteller, innovator and avid collector of ‘child-friends’. And of his ‘dream-child’, Alice Liddell, and the fictional alter ego that would never let her grow up. This is their secret story: a history of love and loss, of innocence and ambiguity, and of one man’s need to make Wonderland his refuge in a rapidly changing world. Drawing on previously unpublished material, Robert Douglas-Fairhurst traces the creation and influence of the Alice books against a shifting cultural landscape – the birth of photography, changing definitions of childhood and sexuality and the tensions inherent in the transition between the Victorian and modern worlds. The Book Depository.

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4 Comments
  • Jude
    March 24, 2016

    Trev I really like it. It’s a unique idea and very eye-catching. The colours are gentle and dreamy, as you might think of a young girl like Alice. The way you’ve blended the tea party into the silhouette is great. It would certainly draw me to pick up the book.

    I’ve just completed two book covers myself, both for books I’ve written. One is for a new book that I’m soon to publish on Amazon, and one is a makeover for a novel I published a few years ago. I had great fun creating them.

    • admin
      March 24, 2016

      Thank you for your kind words, Jude, I appreciate them. It must be a great experience to write and actually do the artwork for your own books. Amazing. I do know someone that has written a couple of biographies and the publisher paid a lot of money for the artwork so that it is designed to make potential buyers attracted. I just think through what comes into my head and take it from there. Thank you for your comment.

  • Hi Trev, great cover, so soft and dream like. I really enjoy your covers, they are thoughtful and creative.

    • admin
      March 24, 2016

      Thank you, Julz. I appreciate all your comments and it’s a great and fun way to participate in the creative process. I enjoy seeing the others and your work too, I find it a great inspiration. Thank you.




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