Job: One Summer
Client: Grand Central Publishing
Art Director: Diane Lugar
Recently I was asked to work on the repackaged paperback edition of One Summer by David Baldacci. Baldacci is more widely known for thrillers so this title, a story set in South Carolina with a family coping with loss, is somewhat of a departure from him.
The initial thought was to have a couple embracing on a southern looking beach. Things like water color, sky color (if a tropical setting), the look of the sand, landscape terrain, boardwalk and house style all are considered depending on where the story is set.
Working with existing stock images, in Photoshop I created a series of comps depicting this idea.
It was then noted the story line was more sober, so the couple should be more reflective, less focus on them and be part of the overall landscape. The art director also decided to go with the title type style that was used on the original hardcover edition.
Eventually everyone liked a quiet, reflective couple on the beach with soft, pretty colors. My favorite part is seeing it on the bookshelves, or better yet, seeing someone reading a copy!