The book cover I created for California is not too different from the original, but I think it tells a lot more about the plot than the forest that the real cover depicts.
In my initial Canva search, I found many abandoned places. This one caught my eye because of the nature that the couple is surrounded in and the leftover building that reminded me of their home that is not (yet) the most beautiful of houses. I then looked for images of infants. Many of the ones I liked either did not fit anywhere in the image, or cost money. So, I decided on a sculpture that depicts a mother and her infant.
Although I am not a religious expert, I believe that this image might be Mary and her child. I did not realize that until after I had exported the image, but it still makes sense! An infant provides some sort of comfort during the difficult time of living in a post-apocalyptic world, as religion does. I liked that this part of the image can be interpreted to mean many different things, most of them positive.
For the title of the book and author, I listened to the advice from one of the Canva tutorials. I used a larger, fancier, text for the title of the book, and a plain and smaller text for the author’s name. This brings attention to the title of the book without taking away from the image.
I used alignment and space the most in this image. I made sure that the text was centered, and purposely placed the mother and infant slightly to the side, but making it larger as well so that more attention would be brought to it. I left the entire center of the cover blank (other than the background picture) to demonstrate the openness and loneliness this family has been facing.
The only thing I would change about this image is rounding the corners of the wall image. I used filters to match the color to the wall as best I could, but it still seems slightly unnatural with pointed edges. Overall, I had a lot more fun creating this book cover than I expected to! Here is a picture of the original cover for comparison: