Monday, October 15, 2018

Book Jackets

Hello, friends!

So, remember when I shared my children's book with you all? It wasn't a completely finished draft, but I've been working extremely hard on tweaking it and all. When that's done, I may show you again. But for now, I have my 2nd project of the school year. Book jackets! This project is super exciting to me because of how much I love to read and how much I love to look at book jacket design. And yes, I do judge a book by it's cover.

So, we were tasked with creating a fictional book jacket (and that meant coming up with our own story), as well as an autobiographical book jacket.

First is my fiction jacket. The story that I created was actually one I've been planning on writing. Horror is something that I really enjoy, so I was excited to explore it. I know that my cover design contains a lot of the staple cliches of horror, but I wanted it to look like a horror story. I was able to go to an old building in my town and grab some creepy photos, as the story is about five college friends who end up at an abandoned insane asylum when they decide to go on an urban exploration excursion. Once inside, they discover some very real-life horrors (is there a crazy person hiding inside? Maybe), some paranormal horrors (abandoned mental hospitals where patients were incredibly mistreated are practically breeding grounds for the paranormal), and some dark secrets about each one of them will be revealed. I wanted to create a diverse cast of characters, including a Latina character, an African-American character, an Italian character, as well as a few that represent the LGBTQ+ community. Horror is often very cookie-cutter in terms of characters and stereotypes. I really do plan on writing this novel!

And then here is my autobiography! I wanted to focus on my struggle with mental illness, particularly OCD and anxiety. So I called it Every Little Thought because it's true, every little thought does count when you have OCD. However, I want this story to be uplifting rather than sad, because I am still able to have a happy life with it. I want to spread the word and make mental illness understood. I used repetition to represent the repetition of thoughts and tics when you have OCD, but I used a calmer color scheme to contrast the chaotic feel.

So, these aren't completely finished yet. I'm still finalizing them. But I wanted to share my journey this last year of school! Thank you guys so much for checking out the blog today, and make sure to check back tomorrow for an awesome project by Tracey!

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1 comment:

Tracey McNeely said...

Jillian thank you so much for sharing your work with us. I think both of your jackets are looking fabulous!