Thursday, June 24, 2010

Episode 3: Judging A Book By Its Cover (Challenge)

From Bravo: "The contestants meet the President and Publisher from one of the largest book publishers in the world, who guides them through the impressive history of the marriage of art and literature. For their elimination challenge, the artists are charged with creating innovative cover art for a classic novel."

[See the full recap and extras on the Bravo site HERE]

Our challenge: Create an innovative book cover for one of the Penguin classics listed below. Your choosing. And I'm purposefully not listing the literature used on the show, because I'd like for all of us to start from a fresh perspective. We've seen what does and doesn't work for the novels given to the contestants on the show. So pick out a Penguin classic and run with it!

-Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
-Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
-Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
-Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
-The Secret Garden by Francis Hodgson Burnett
-Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
-Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
-Moby Dick by Herman Melville
-The Odyssey by Homer
-Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
-The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
-Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
-The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
-Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
-The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
-On the Road by Jack Kerouac
-1984 by George Orwell

Remember, submissions (an image, a short description of your work, & if you haven't done so already, a link to where your work can be credited) are due by MONDAY, 11:00AM, to lindseysmo(at)gmail(dot)com.


  1. The Secret Garden should be by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

  2. Thank you! How I managed to f^#k that up is beyond me. Never do three things at once.

  3. Huh. A stick figure whale. Could be interesting.

  4. I look forward to seeing the results of this round!

  5. Is it wrong that I really want to use an already existing photograph of mine for this challenge? It's not so much a cop out as it is a completely perfect image for one of these novels.
    Ehh... we'll see...

  6. @smoness - if you don't mind me saying so, you'll stretch more as an artist if you start with a fresh concept instead of something from your archives. Can you imagine them asking this question as a contestant on the tv show? You're'll come up with something...there are my two cents...and that's about what they are worth...

  7. @Brad: Oh, I was never really gonna do it. It just kills me b/c this image is so damn perfect for it. One of those "Gah!" moments. :)

  8. @smoness - Post it as a supplemental everyone can see it...

  9. Let me speak for all the composers on the list when I say "UGH!"