McCal Joy
Illustration and Fine Art
Book Cover Design

The Boy Outside-Book Cover

Book Cover Design

Book Cover Design

Gary Greff is fun, unique, and unforgettable artist. While well-known in the midwest for his collection of giant Metal sculpture lining the Enchanted Road, he is also in the process of writing and producing a novel, "The Boy Outside".  

Author Gary Greff

Author Gary Greff

In order to inspire the cover, Gary gave me a sneak peek into the content of his new book. It was so fun hearing his process of where his characters evolved from and how they will impact others in their stories. 

Book Cover

Book Cover

The story follows the lives of 4 boys that are part of a Boyscouts troop. While boyscouts is not the major theme for the story, it sets an environment of community, strength, struggle, friendship and the outdoors. This influenced the "campfire, community, and nature" design of the cover. The illustrative style is targeted for boys in junior and high school. Although I think it will be a good read for adults too! 

Process

Process

While much of the design is illustrated using my Apple Pencil, I bring it into photoshop and illustrator to make it all cohesive and pretty. 

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