So, I know Professor Lockman was talking about us branching out into the other categories when choosing assignments, but I had this one in mind from before so I decided to go through with it anyway! Might as well make the most of it before we change the requirements before the next section, right?
Now, does this cover suggest something entirely different about Murakami’s South of the Border, West of the Sun that what any of the many actual print version does? No. Rather, if anything I wanted to try to make a cover that implies more about the story than most of the ones I’ve seen in stores. But it might suggest something entirely different to the person seeing it without having read it.
It’s one of my absolute favorite books, so I drew inspiration from my favorite passage to try to make a cover that connects more to the story than many of the original ones I’ve seen, that are quite disassociated. The passage when Shimamoto, the female main character and catalyst for the story, talks about hysteria siberiana, can be read here. I wanted to make visual of something that like what it would be wandering in a tundra snowstorm. and then added the graphics lines to make it more interesting.
As for the process, it was pretty straight forward because I decided to work with the .psd file I had saved from the I Can Read Movies cover I recently posted. Removed some of the textures I had used, especially the colored ones because I wanted a predominantly white cover, and added some new ones from the same texture maker as the others, Clawsandfangs. Took a photo of Japanese model Tao Okamoto from google (this site specifically), copied it into several layers and played around with the blending modes and opacity for all the layers to get the right blend. Click here to see the different layers – if anyone is curious I can upload the .psd file and you can see it in Photoshop yourself (I’m a bit too lazy to write out the settings for each layer~)