The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn - student project

1.  This is actually Chapter 7 in the well loved book, The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame.  It works very well as a stand alone story and is currently out of copyright and so may be reproduced.

2. Notes and Brainstorming.    Mole, Ratty, boat, oars, baby otter, Pan pan pipes music, weir, canals, river, trees, island, lost and found, night, dawn, gate, threshold, magical, forgetting, poetry, old Mr. Otter, leaves, river bank, 

3,  Three possible audiences:


                Children's literature edition

                 Waldorf Style school text 

4, Constraints:  

          6x9 vertical format

           Dark Green background color (symbolizes forest) and will be the darkest value

           Gold Foil (probably)

            Unknown 3rd color to be determined.

5.  These are the four thumbnails I created.  I really like the last one best.  It allows enough room for the title which is quite long.  It leaves the Piper almost dead center which attracts the eye and he is the central character even though he doesn't appear until the last of the story.  The sun rising captures the moment of dawn breaking and mole, ratty and the baby otter at the bottom of the book help to symbolize how small they are compared to the imagery of the Piper. Leaves and musical notes can be used for embellishment.  I think I can create something with this  in just three colors, but like all things I find  I keep adjusting as I work in the design process depending on what I think is working or isn't.The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn - image 1 - student project

  I played with the layout and this is the one that I am going to go with.  I made a few notes on the layout for my own use.  Jessica makes it look really easy, but I found it a tad harder.  I couldn't decide if I needed to add "The Wind In The Willows" since that is where this story first appears.  I am guessing probably.    This makes for a LOT of words or typography.  I shall probably add it under the Author name since I appear to have some extra real estate there.The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn - image 2 - student project


My finished Cover:

The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn - image 3 - student project



This is a concept cover for a client example.  Bits of it are rough.  I think I would move mole over a bit - it looks like that cat-tail life is poking him.  I opted not to draw the god - Pan.  I used the pan pipes instead to serve as a representation of him, keep him mysterious, and it also tends to look a bit like a gate/wall that helped to convey the "Gates of Dawn".  I do not have the lettering/Typography skills of Jessica.  I can not "swash" to save my life at this point in my lettering ability.  I had to cheat and create the Type in PS.  I used a commercial font and for the title it wasn't thick enough for me so I duplicated the font and then moved it over 2 pixels to get a great width.  I saved it as a png and brought into Procreate.  The musical notes were also a commercial use font that I warped and modified to add some ornamentation. 

You can move a psd file from Procreate to PS, but you can not take a psd file and import it to Procreate.

Great class.  I really like this book cover turned out - but I have a huge fondness for the book covers of old style.  

Victoria Johnston
Explorer - pixels, paint and pen