Assisted 2 book covers design during my internship at Studio x1000,Beijing.
Art Directed by Zhu Sha, Layout designed by Lian Jie Shan
Mo Yan is a Chinese novelist and short story writer, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2012. His writing works are epic historical novels characterized by hallucinatory realism, the term has had connections to the concept of magical realism, while the former more specific to a dream-state.
We started with the concept of dreamy, dramatic, twisted.
The shapes are illustrated based on the photo of the key objects related to each the story, but we manipulated it to become abstract images which looks more like an abstract images in stead of recognizable objects to imply the complexity of the work, as well as the intertwine between the characters.
We used a pair of strong contrast gradient color for each cover to imply the dramatic plots and strong emotions of the story.
First Version samples:
Decided the initial direction, we tried to make the image more dramatically twisted. Reconsidered the position and the size of text.