Book Cover Design

Book Cover Design + Illustration

Project Details

Thomas Noss Ministry, Inc.
Layout Design

Design the Book Cover for a Christian Publication

I am very intentional about leaving space for “unexpected extra” opportunities for creative expression in my business. This was one of those moments; This book cover design required was a slightly different set of services than I typically focus on. The cover’s design is based on two specific passages from the Bible:

Isaiah 60:1-3
“Arise! Shine! for your light has come, and the glory of Yahweh has risen upon you. For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples; But the Lord will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your radiance.”

Matthew 13:43
Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.

I highly recommend Bridget and I’ll definitely be asking her to help me with future branding and graphic design projects!

In preparation for designing my book’s cover, she actually took the time to read my book. As a result, she was able to visually capture the unique essence of my book’s message, which is exactly what I was hoping for!

I really like her art and design skills. Her lines are pretty, and she has a great sense of balance and symmetry.

Her deliverable software files met Amazon’s detailed technical specifications, so I was able to easily upload them with my manuscript.

Finally, having managed software developers for more than 30 years, I know it can sometimes be difficult to work with creative people, but Bridget was excellent to creatively collaborate with. For example, I really liked her first draft, but I didn’t like some aspects of the second version as much. She welcomed my constructive feedback and incorporated the positive elements of the second version into the first draft, resulting in a final product that combined the best of both. Great job!

Thomas J. Noss


Design Process

1) For this project, I had to start with reading the book followed by an in-depth conversation with the author to make sure I understood his intent for the artwork.

2) Visited Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to spend some time taking in how artists have depicted holy, God-given, light.

3) Assembled the image to the left and sent it to the client for review. Once approved I moved the concept to the computer.

4) Created the image below. Once the client reviewed this they decided they liked the hand sketch better and I reverted back to pen and paper.

5) The final image was formatted based on the Amazon Books image specs and for a PDF/WORD version.

Process: Sketch + Concept.

sketch + process for book cover

Process: First Digital Draft.

book cover design process

Final Book Cover Design

Arise, Shine! book cover design

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