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162: Book Cover: Motor City Boys

April 27, 2013

I’ve got another book cover design to share this week!

Bob, the guy who wrote the last book I designed the cover for, shared my info with a friend, and soon enough I had another job.

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The book is Motor City Boys and it’s written by Raymond Wlodkowski. It’s set in Detroit in the ’50s, and tells the story of 5 close friends.

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Raymond knew he wanted to feature a car in some way, and I had a fun time figuring out interesting ways of incorporating that element and the 5 boys.


We ended up going with this ’56 Chevy with the main characters reflected in the chrome.


On the back, I continued the car around, and cleared some room in the door for a summary and author bio.

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I tried to capture the descriptions of the boys from the book in the silhouettes, but leave enough to the imagination so the reader can fill in his/her own images.

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The entire cover is basically an illustration I made in Photoshop. It was really fun to get back to realistic painting, even if it was digital. That was something I hadn’t done in a while.

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Shiny chrome is both hard and easy to paint. In some places I just made up stuff and it looks fine, but other places took so many reference photos and retries to look convincing.

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Raymond delivered my copy of the book earlier this week, so I was able to finally stop holding my breath. I’m never quite sure how it’s going to look until I see the final product, because so much depends on the printing. The best I can do is set up the file the right way, and hope the printer knows what he/she is doing. It looks great.

Motor City Boys is available on Amazon, and once again, I got a mention for the cover design inside the book! Thanks, Raymond!

See you next week!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 27, 2013 6:39 pm

    Wow, that looks amazing!

  2. April 28, 2013 6:17 pm

    So fancy!

  3. Aletha Hicks permalink
    April 30, 2013 3:32 pm

    I bow down to your talent! Really looks neat!

  4. Deborah Hepworth permalink
    May 2, 2013 1:50 pm

    Very cool…your design makes me want to read the book! Great description of how you came up with the whole design and particularly the silhouettes of the characters.

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