First Night Design | #PhotoRehabCoverMakeover #9 George Orwell’s 1984

#photorehabcovermakeover Week 9
#photorehabcovermakeover Week 9

It’s Week 9 of the Photo Rehab Cover Makeover run by Desley Jane of Musings of a Frequent Flying Scientist and Lucile of Lucile de Goday. Actually, it might not be Week 9 — I seem to have got mixed up as I titled Green Mile #7; that’s what comes of dealing with far too many emails and an explosion of other people’s lovely blog posts!

I do know, however, that this week’s challenge, as you can see above, was to do a cover for George Orwell’s classic, 1984.

1984 by George Orwell
Buy a copy of 1984 by George Orwell

I chose to use I Can See What You’re Doing as the background to give the impression of a barricade. I added  the same photo from Unsplash that I used in Cabinet of Curiosities (the whirly window), and a medical drawing of an eyeball from The Graphics Fairy.

The font I’ve used (Bodoni) is not what I would have wished. I lost so many fonts last year when the computer died at the same time as the back-up (of course) and remembering the names and finding them again is proving almost impossible. The one I had in mind was what you might call ‘dirty’ and eaten into. Ah well!

Click here for instructions if you would like to take part in future challenges.

Take care and keep laughing!


26 thoughts on “First Night Design | #PhotoRehabCoverMakeover #9 George Orwell’s 1984

  1. I always remember the first time I read this book. I was 17 year old and had just begun art college. It was around 1962….and so 1984 seemed sooooo far off…..If you don’t win something with these covers that you are designing, I will eat my hat…and yes I do wear one occasionally. Fabulous. Keep smiling and have a great day…Janet. xx

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    1. I wear hats too – we’ll meet in Amiens wearing them! Even in the ’70s, ’84 seemed an age away. I’m so glad you like the cover. There’s nothing to be won but at least it’s going some way to building my portfolio for offering book cover services. Keep smiling! x


  2. Great design Sarah, delightfully menacing and I think the Bodoni works rather well for the theme of the book, sort of establishment and respectable to mask the true nature of the regime! Have a thuper Thursday 🙂

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    1. I’ll have a thuper throuper Thursday and hope you do too! Much thanks for the compliments and I’m pleased you like the Bodoni. I put it in ‘dissolve’ mode so it was slightly ‘eaten away’ on close inspection. 🙂

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  3. Hi Sarah, I’m sorry that your cover wasn’t yet included in the wrap up. I published it before at 00:15 CET. I have just included it there and will send again to Twitter.
    I love the cover, by the way. It is a fabulous design.

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