Mark Mapstone got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Skateboard fiction cover design for 15-24 skaters
Check out Mark Mapstone's Book cover contest…
Mark Mapstone is a skateboarder, writer, and author of the Ethan Wares Skateboard Series books. In-between road-trips, an infinite Instagram feed of videos to watch, and discovering bruises on himself that he has no-idea how they got there, Mark uses his knowledge of the current skateboarding world to create exciting and authentic stories that every skateboarder experiences daily.
Pro skateboarder, Ethan Wares, has been dropped by every sponsor and has one last deal on the table: a failing TV station. But that’s not all he’s got to worry about: his girlfriend is on the verge of dumping him; his friends have cut him off; his brother's medical bills are draining his bank balance, and his boss is pressuring him to deliver video edits of unique and inaccessible skate spots to keep their ratings alive. All that, he can handle. The problem is he's got to film an edit on a granite ledge of a prestigious art exhibition, that has been flown 4000 miles around the world and placed in an estate called, The Bronx… and he knows everything is going to go very wrong.
15-24 year old male skateboarders
Book cover type
Plot & Theme: the book is called The Blocks because my main character, Ethan, deals with mental and physical blocks to deliver for the TV Network. Internally, he was neglected as a child which manifests as claustrophobic anxiety, and guilt for crashing the car which injured his brother. The finalé of Book 1 has Ethan suffering a panic attack in a lift on the way to recover his video camera from a thief. Genre: Urban Action / Adventure Design style: I like a grunge or distressed style, two or three colours, and the use of negative space. I like silhouettes of skateboarding equipment (trucks, wheels, truck bolt holes in the deck). Textures for reference should be: concrete, wood grain, plywood, cement blocks, waxed curbs. As there are five books in the series, I love the idea of all the designs connecting in some way. 5 books laid out flat would make a great skateboard deck graphic! References: Use https://www.thrashermagazine.com imagery for other ideas. My readers will look up to the creative style of William Strobeck: https://www.youtube.com/user/williamstrobeck/videos This Instagram account is great to look at: https://www.instagram.com/wigworland/ Everything Wig shoots looks good. Particularly the shots of skaters on blocks or rails, eg: https://www.instagram.com/p/CDWeVtPl4De/, https://www.instagram.com/p/CCvUic2FZjl/, https://www.instagram.com/p/CCLPk4Xlpt0/ etc Note: This book is one of a series of 5 plus an omnibus edition, therefore I would like to work with the winning designer to complete the series. I've attached an image of the current book cover. Book 1.jpg. I used this bold image because I didn't want a character on the cover, but needed a strong visual which represented a skateboard / skateboarding for my target audience.
What to avoid
Images of skateboarders doing clichéd tricks such as hand plants and airs wearing pads. This is a cliché: https://jgrantbrittainphotos.com/products/80s-skate-photo-chris-miller-hawks-ramp-eighties-skateboarding-photograph-18-x-24-print. The skater in my story doesn't wear pads. Nothing cartoony. Stock images: I would rather have something illustrated, leaning on typography, textures, silhouettes, and drawings.
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their book cover.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
Mark Mapstone collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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