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When designing a cover for a book, there are some mistakes you should avoid. While these mistakes could not be avoided in the past (because of the lack of technology), you can easily learn from them so that your book covers do not turn out to be similar to those of other books.
The Most Common Mistakes Cover Artists Make: A blog around cover art mistakes made and how to avoid them.
Examples of common cover art mistakes:
1. Not taking into account the popularity of the book. What will happen if you design your cover to look like another popular book’s cover? You will end up sharing the fate of the other book, i.e., hardly anyone will notice your book as it will get lost in the crowd!
2. Using too much text on the cover. If you throw too much text on the cover, it will make your cover look cluttered and thus unattractive.
3. Being unable to imagine how your cover would look in thumbnail size. Before sending the final copy to print, you should always check it out at different sizes so that you know how it would look, especially if you are using stock images for backgrounds or characters.
4. Being unable to develop a cohesive story for characters on your cover using graphics,
There are many misconceptions about cover art. It’s time to set the record straight! This is a blog that highlights many of the common mistakes cover artists make and how to avoid them.
This is a blog for serious cover artists wanting to learn more about the industry, or for beginners looking for tips that can help them improve their skills. I’ll also be covering other topics like what to charge, where to find clients, marketing, etc.
The cover art is the face of your book. It will attract readers, and it will repel them. Make sure to have a professional cover artist design your book cover.
The most common mistakes cover artists make are:
1. The image doesn’t fit the genre
2. The artist hasn’t read the manuscript
3. It’s not an artistic enough image
4. The image is too complex or busy
5. The title font isn’t done well
6. The author name font isn’t done well
7. The elements in the image don’t work together well
Cover art, like any form of art, is subjective. Some artists are more skilled at the craft than others. The most common mistakes in cover art are not technical, they are ideas and choices that can be evaluated by a reader before they even open the book.
The most common mistake is forgetting to sell the story. A cover should not just tell the story or show off an interesting technique. It should do both in a way that entices the reader to read it. The cover artist does this by making choices based on what will best appeal to their audience.
The next most common mistake is for an artist to become so invested in the idea behind the image that they forget about the audience. It’s easy for a writer to get caught up in the story, but if you want your work to be published you have to think about your audience first. You may have a perfect image for your story, but if it doesn’t appeal to your audience then you’re not doing your job and it’s time to start over.
The most common mistake I made as an artist was putting too much information on my covers, especially in my earlier works. I was trying to tell too much of the story with one image instead of letting each image tell part of a larger story
Through the years I have worked with a few dozen cover artists. I’ve found a few common mistakes made by both young and experienced artists alike.
This is my checklist for what to look for when hiring a cover artist, and some simple things you can do yourself to make sure you’re getting the best possible cover art for your book.
Cover art is an important part of any novel. It’s the first thing that people see when considering whether or not to buy your book. It’s also the first impression a reader will have of your writing style.
It’s no wonder, then, that it’s important to have a good cover artist or design team for your work. But how do you find one? And what should you look for when hiring them?
One of the most common errors in cover art is simply just not paying enough attention to the text of the book. This is particularly dangerous if the cover artist has never read the book. The cover should reflect what happens in the story—not just visually, but contextually as well.
Even if you’re working with a cover artist who has read your book, it can still be difficult to know how best to convey its message on the cover. Successful covers are often those that appeal to our emotions and capture some feeling from the text: sadness, anger, tension, humor, etc.
The classic example of this is Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. The image on the front—a girl in profile with long, dark hair and exposed skin—is striking and evocative while still being open to interpretation. There are many ways one could read this