Lord of the Rings

We were asked to pick a book series that we loved and re-design the book cover for it. My all time favorite series is Lord of the Rings and so I chose to re-design the trilogy from J.R.R. Tolkien.


The illustration for the first book was taken from a scene before the climax of the Fellowship of the Rings. When all tree elven canoes are sailing past the guardian statues that begin the realm of Gondor.

For the second book, I chose to illustrate the Ents and would be their proximity to Isengard, but in my earlier illustration, I showed mountains in the background and then decided to change it when I scanned the image into the computer to work on it in Illustrator.


The illustration completed in Illustrator. You'll see that I replaced the mountains in my original sketch with the tower of Orthanc. I've also filled in the tree ent and given Treebeard his leaves as well as given leaves to the tree.

For the thrid book, I also chose a scene from the last book (The Return of the King). One that begins to take the story of the battle for Middle Earth towards a whole different ending by giving the side of good a leg up in insuring their victory over the forces of evil.


Once the illustrations were complete, it was time to add enticing summaries to the books as well as titles, author's name, publisher logos, etc.


Book One - The Fellowship of the Ring - with title, author name, logos, UPC bar code and enticing blurb about the first novel in the trilogy.

Book Two - The Two Towers - with title, author name, logos, UPC bar code and enticing blurb about the second novel in the trilogy.


Book Three - The Return of the King - with title, author name, logos, UPC bar code and enticing blurb about the third and final novel in the trilogy. A happy coincidence of choosing the pale red color for the third book also gave a color to the path that Aragorn, Legolas & Gimli were walking on.

I created book ribbons that the customer could change the position of depending on their choice with the author's name and title of the book as the illustrations did not have the title and author's name on the front cover. It was done deliberately to give the customer something tactile to play around and have fun with while enjoying reading the books.


Following below are images of mock ups of the real paperback books with the printed book covers and book ribbons. I took pictures of the books from the front, back and spine.







Following below are images of mock ups of the hardcover books showing how the ribbons and covers would look. The mock ups below are digital mock ups done in Photoshop.