Toffle Towers: designing the cover

Ever wanted to know how a children’s book illustrator designs a book cover?

To celebrate the upcoming release of Toffle Towers book 3, I’ve prepped a bunch of behind-the-scenes blog posts. I’ll show you how I designed the characters; how I designed the hotel’s interior and exterior; and how I designed other elements like the shuttle bus and the title typography. But today, I’m showing you how I designed the cover for book 1 in the series.

I started off by sketching a few ideas the publishers and I had.

   Then we tried another bunch of options … I expanded those last two to have the hotel wrap around the back cover.

We narrowed it down to that last option, then started trying out some colours …

… and after a few more edits to the design, I got started on the final version – giving us the cover below!

You can check out more behind-the-scenes blog posts for Toffle Towers here.


Toffle Towers 3: Order in the Court

Pre-order now:
Booktopia (Australia/NZ only)
Dymocks
QBD (Australia only)
Readings
Angus & Robertson (Australia only)
Book Depository

Toffle Towers 2: The Great River Race

Buy online
Booktopia (Australia/NZ only)
Dymocks
QBD (Australia only)
Readings
Angus & Robertson (Australia only)

Toffle Towers 1: Fully Booked

Buy online
Booktopia (Australia/NZ only)
Kinokuniya (Australia only)
Dymocks
QBD (Australia only)
Readings
Angus & Robertson (Australia only)

Author: James Foley

James Foley makes children’s books for children who read books. If you’re a child and you’re eating his books, you’re doing it wrong. His books include Brobot, Dungzilla, Gastronauts, Chickensaurus, Toffle Towers, My Dead Bunny and There's Something Weird About Lena. James lives in Perth with his wife, 2 kids, and a labrador. He is a massive Marvel movie nerd and comes from a long line of queuing enthusiasts. Follow him on FB/twitter/insta/youtube @jamesfoleybooks, or at www.jamesfoley.com.au .

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