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 makes books for courageous kids. He’s the author/illustrator of the S.Tinker Inc graphic novel series for middle primary: Brobot (2016), Dungzilla (2017) and Gastronauts (2018) star Sally Tinker, the world’s foremost inventor under the age of twelve, and Joe Tinker, her stinky baby brother. The fourth in the series, Chickensaurus, is out in late 2020. He is also the illustrator of the Toffle Towers series written by Tim Harris. James’ earlier books My Dead Bunny (2015), In The Lion (2012), The Last Viking (2011) and The Last Viking Returns (2014) have all scored several honours, including children’s choice awards, shortlistings in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year awards, and selection to the International Youth Library’s White Raven list. The sequel to My dead Bunny - There's Something Weird About Lena - is out in late 2020. James 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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