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Recreating my Favourite Book Covers: the lunar chronicles edition

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So, I had this interesting idea to merge together two things that I passionately love: Books + Art, and create a really interesting post. But along the way, it kind of……lost direction, and I kind of don’t know what the PURPOSE of this is anymore.

But I’m going to go along with it and see what comes out of it because I spent entirely too much time and suffered too much neck pain for this to go to waste

So, from the title of this post you can see this is about:

Drawing My Favourite Author’s Book Covers

and my initial plan was for this to be more of a challenge, so here are the rules that I wrote down but didn’t entirely abide by

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🌟 The Rules: 🌟

  • I have 30 minutes max
  • I can sample colours from the original cover but I’m not allowed to use any outside images or any tracing from the original covers aside from fonts, which are either from the internet or taken from the original covers like i did in this post
  • I can use different brushes to create different textures found on the cover
  • and this one is for you guys, at the end, you rate how well you think i did compared to the original cover in a score out of 10

 

Basically, I followed the rules for the first cover but slowly, as they began to get harder, my perfectionist heart won out and I threw all the rules into the garbage.

I began fussing, adding more details, redoing certain parts, and even tracing certain areas and whew, what do you know?? hours have gone by. I couldn’t serve you trash ok, cut me some SLACK

So……….oops?

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Getting back, the Lunar Chronicles is one of my absolute favourites series.

It spans over 4 books, (plus one novella (Fairest) and one anthology (Stars Above)) each of which is a different fairytale retelling. The books are all connected so that we are introduced to new characters while still following the previous set and they all meet up and it’s a grand time with action and banter and friendship and love!

Basically, it’s absolute magic

 

So, for the sake of comparison, this is what the original covers look like:

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AND BELOW, ARE MY ATTEMPTS AT THE COVERS

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✨ Pro: I was able to draw this in under 20 minutes and i’m really proud of myself for getting the proportions relatively right.

✨ Con: The colours I chose were definitely more dull compared to the original and the bone work,,,,,,,,,just awful.

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scarlet

✨ Pro: The cape took most of the time to get the shading and highlights right, but I’m really happy with how it turned out.

✨ Con: Again, the colours are very dull and monotone compared to the original cover’s. Will definitely try to focus more on stark contrasts when working with highlights and shadows to make it pop more.

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cress

✨ Pro: Hair is one of the HARDEST things for me to draw and while it’s definitely not perfect and I took HOURS working on this one I’m really proud of what I was able to accomplish and for not giving up when i wanted to SO MANY TIMES

✨ Con: The hair…..and the hand…..and the background. I feel like I missed out on the magical, sparkly element of the cover.

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winter

✨ Pro: Okay not to sound conceited, but I think I did a damn well good job on this one. Hands are SO HARD for me to draw and with all the neck pain it put me through, I’m really really happy with this outcome.

✨ Con: The glittery, magical feel is missing but overall, I don’t have much complaints on this.

 

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I really don’t know why I went so hard on this set because it’s only setting the future ones up for MORE work and MORE disappointment but I promise that I will try harder to stick to a time frame rather than go on for hours tweaking every little detail.

Initially, I wanted it to be more like a “How well can I recreate this book cover in 30 minutes” but clearly, I threw that idea out the window and set it on fire, so none of that.

And there you have it, my attempts at recreating the book covers. I still don’t know what purpose this post serves. maybe if i had the foresight to somehow turn these into speedpaints and you got to see the whole progress of me recreating the artwork, it would be more entertaining???

but i don’t even know how to do that, so WHATEVER, im SHUTTING up now!!

 

So, now it’s YOUR turn, let me know your score /10 of each of my covers compared to the originals.

And tell me, have you read the lunar chronicles? Do you love and adore the series like me?

Thank you so much for reading, rating, and looking through this disaster. I appreciate you and I hope you’re staying safe and healthy during these scary times! ❤️signature final

97 thoughts on “Recreating my Favourite Book Covers: the lunar chronicles edition”

  1. 10000000000/10 for all of them, all of these are absolutely and sometimes it’s hard for my little small bee brain to even process the scale of your talent……… i have no words. you’re a queen and everyone else is unworthy. goodbye

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  2. every single one is 110/10!!! I love all of these and you did a brilliant job!! I honestly wouldn’t have been able to tell the difference if you hadn’t included the originals. You are a total pRO ❤️

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  3. UM WHAT?? I AM IN THE PRESENCE OF AWESOMENESS???

    may!!! you’re so so talented and such a hard worker and this is so freaking beautiful!! 😍 i think you did scuh an amazing job i think your cress and winter drawings are the best, but those are also just the prettiest covers in my opinion! i can’t wait to see more of your art!! you should be so proud ❤️

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    1. 💞💖💞TIFFANY!!! STOP!! I’LL CRY!!! ❤️💖❤️ you’re so freaking sweet omg my heart is 🥺🥺thank you so much tiffany, im so glad you liked them, you make me so happy 😭

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  4. the way i gasped when i saw the title…….. imagine being able to achieve what you did in 20 minutes for the cinder cover!!! these are all so beautiful and i could never rate them because they are on a whole other godly level. seeing your art improve and somehow get more and more beautiful is so inspiring love u rat (pleading eyes emoji)

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    1. also i’m coming back to this post at 3am (don’t yell at me grandma) because i just needed to reiterate how skilled you are… ik we aren’t supposed to be nice to each other but i make an exception when it comes to your writing and your art because like i said, godly level!! my favorite is the winter cover because even though you said it’s not magical it is!!! but all of them were so well-done and beautiful and you better make a cover for sn when you finish writing!!!! that’s enough 3am sap for now but i love u :o)

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      1. WHY ARE YOU BACK FJDKLAFJLKA hahaha we made the no nice rule for a reason and here you are breaking it i can’t believe you. no more sappy 3am may anymore ok i love you and appreciate you and your support makes me 🥺❤️🥺❤️🥺❤️🥺 now shut it no more of this 😭😭😭😭😭

        omg imagine making the sn cover i would CRY

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  5. Ahh.. this is literally amazing. You did so well like honestly I thought they were the real covers at a glance!! Definitely 10/10, 10/10 all round.
    I like to draw but I don’t do it digitally and I just do it for fun like my sketches are just average!! 😂 but you are so talented and I love the Winter one, hands are really hard and you did so well!! The shading on the apple, YES 😍😍😍 so, so, so amazing!!
    I love this series too !!! Such a great one!! The friendships and everything!!
    I hope to see more covers in the future!! 😉

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! that’s literally the best compliment ever 🥺🥺
      pleaseeee, im sure you’re art is amazing and i would love to see it if you’re comfortable with sharing!! hands are literally the worst thing in the world to draw omg kjfkdlsajla

      im so glad to hear you enjoyed reading my post and you loved the books, they really are Excellence. thank you for the kind wordsss i appreciate them (AND YOU) so muchhh 🥰🥰

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      1. It is soooo true!!!! 😍😍
        Ahh…I’ve never really shared my art, the nerves are real but maybe one day 😂🙈
        I know I try to avoid hands at any cost and eyes 😂 characters are constantly wearing shades 😂

        It was such a fun post and they are amazing books!! Of course, thank you for sharing the gloriousness that was this post!! 💕

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    1. fdklafjlkajl thank you so much!!! you’re so kind!!! hands are literally the worst thing to draw i hate drawing them and the proportions always end up weird lol but thank you so much for your sweet words 🥰🥰

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  6. 10/10 FOR ALL OF THEM!!!

    As someone with no artistic talent whatsoever, I am completely blown away! These are so good! My favorite has gotta be the Winter one. If someone had shown me your drawing, I would’ve legit just thought it was the original cover. The hands are SOOOO GOOD and same with the apple!

    You are so so talented!

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    1. THATS SO SWEET OMG STOP I’M GETTING EMOTIONAL!!!! saying my books look like the original covers makes me 🥺🥺🥺 THANK YOU SWEETIE your comment means so much to meeee ❤️

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  7. MAY ARE YOU SERIOUS??? All of these are so god damn gorgeous like I can’t believe it! winter looks identical to the original like I’m literally so impressed by your talent! I’m rating all of these 10/10, no wait 100/10. better. And yes of course I’ve read this beautiful series, Cress + Thorne all the way sis! I can’t wait to see what you try out next. and screw the rules. these were perfect! ( ps, cress’s hair looks really really good ) ❤️❤️

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    1. SIHAM!!!! YOU’RE MAKING ME EMOTIONAL THANK YOU SO MUCH FJKLDJFLKA ILY ❤️❤️❤️ ugh yess you know what’s good!! throne is a gift to the world, that man is such an idiot how can anyone not love him??
      omg🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺you’re seriously too kind. i appreciate the support sm

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  8. You DREW these????? May you are an absolute icon and you’re so talented wow. The Winter cover is my personal favorite, but all of them are absolutely WONDERFUL!!!!

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    1. FKLJDALFJAL YOU’RE THE ICONIC ONE!!! thank you so muchhhh!!! 🥺🥺🥺 you’re so sweet omg brb need to cry❤️❤️❤️ im so glad you like them

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  9. I swear, I could not tell your Winter from the original at first. This is beyond fantastic!!!! This is just…my mind is b l o w n 😍😍😍 You are so absolutely talented, and this was amazing and you’re phenomenal. I’m so glad you posted this!! 1000/10 girl. This is phenomenal (i repeat sentences/say the same thing 100s of times when my mind is literally wowed. i am so so so wowed.). And I kind of agree with your cons, but who cares, you did something I couldn’t even begin to imagine doing myself. ugh, I can’t convey how awesome this is 🥺🥺🥺🥺🥺

    And I haven’t read The Lunar Chronicles….idk, it never really caught my eye enough for me to check it out?

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    1. RUKKY!!! THAT’S SO SWEET OF YOU TO SAY!! literally the best compliment a person could offer. im so glad you like it 🥺🥺🥺❤️i’m so glad i posted it too, the response i got has been so overwhelmingly lovely im so soft over this

      YOU’RE SERIOUSLY SO KIND THANK YOU FOR THIS COMMENT YOU MAKE MY HEART SO WARM ❤️❤️❤️❤️😭😭😭
      dude, the lunar chronicles is so FUN!!! if you’re ever feeling like some fast, fun, squad-bantering friendships and lovely romances, thats what this series has to offer 🥺❤️

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  10. This is SUCH a fun and amazing post! The one you did of Cress is my favorite, it looks fantastic! I’ve been wanting to reread TLC for awhile now so I’m hoping to get around to it in the next couple weeks! 😁

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    1. ahhhhhh!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!! you’re so sweet i appreciate the support and kind words so much🥺❤️
      i really really hope you do get to read it!! it’s such a fun, entertaining, lovable series!!

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  11. MAY THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVE POSTS OF ALL TIME!!! i’ve never seen so much talent in one blog post, i truly feel so blessed to have witnessed it 🥺 (and no, i’m not exaggerating: this post could step on me and i’d say thank you)
    I’m so happy that you’re sharing more of your art on this blog! needless to say, it’s *amazing*, and we would love to see more 😍😍 I’m in AWE of how beautifully you recreated the lunar chronicles covers! like, in AWE i have no words to express it!!! your recreation of Winter was especially *perfect*! you basically created a carbon copy of the original cover my jaw is on the floor
    to sum this comment up: 100000000000/10

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    1. YOU’RE MY FAVOURITE OF ALL TIME OKAY!!!!! YOU’RE SERIOUSLY MAKING ME FEEL SO OVERWHELMED WITH EMOTIONS LIKE WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS I’M GOING TO CRY NOW
      i definitely am going to be sharing more of my art with my blog (though i need to work on speed omg i take SO LONG to do anything) but im sosososoos happy you liked this post and you like my art 🥺🥺🥺🥺 truly the best form of validation YLFDJALKFJLA YOU MAKE ME SO HAPPY I LOVE YOU 43782941x ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  12. Omgg, May you are so talented!! I flipped back and forth between your drawn covers and the real covers like 18 times trying to spot the difference.

    Also, 30 minutes?? That’s so crunch time it’s making me stressed just thinking of you trying to attempt that. Anyways, what this post has shown me is that *we need to see more of your art*!!! You cannot keep this insane talent hidden any longer! I hope you do more posts like this in the future May 💕💕💕

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    1. chana!!! thank you so much that’s so sweet of you to say!!! 🥺🥺 i’m so glad you enjoyed my art and i DEFINITELY will be posting more of it soon (i just need to get working on them lol) fjlkdjflka YOU’RE SO KIND AAAAAHHH THANK YOU!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  13. MAYYYYYYYY WHAT IN THE WORLD WHY ARE YOU BLESSING US WITH YOUR TALENT LIKE THIS???????? girl i can’t tell the difference between the covers you drew and the originals… 😍😍😍😍😍 i can’t deal with your talent, and especially the fact you did this under a time limit??!?! thank you for this perfect post ❤ i would give all of these a billion/10 😉

    (also, i'm so sorry for posting this comment late, WordPress has been marking my comments as spam 😦 and i'm trying to fix it, so if you did get duplicate comments of this one – because i tried posting this comment like 5 times lol – feel free to delete them!)

    stay safe xx

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    1. ASH YOU ABSOLUTE DARLING!!!!!!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH and im so sorry your comments weren’t coming through, they all went to spam but i read them all and they made me tear up!! I appreciate you commenting more than once just to make sure they went through 🥺🥺🥺 what did i do to deserve your friendship??? 🥺🥺🥺💖💖 love youuuu

      i’m so glad you enjoyed this post, YOUR COMMENTS LITERALLY MADE ME SO HAPPY like highlight of my year tbh. thank you again!! your support means the world to me 💖🥰🥰🥰

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      1. awwww MAY THAT’S SO KIND OF YOU!!!!!! you really didn’t have to read all of them, i’m so sorry for bothering you with all the comments lol, and YOU 100% DESERVE EVERYTHING GIRL, like i still can’t get over how amazing this post was, it would be awful if i didn’t comment more than once!!! 💕💖🥰🥰 love you moreeeee

        AWWWW MAY YOU DESERVE EVERY SINGLE WORD AND EVERY SINGLE COMMENT!!!!! i’m so glad it made you happy!! 💖💖🥰🥰

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        1. NO STOP BEING SO SWEET I DONT KNOW HOW TO REACT TO SUCH KINDNESS ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ LOVE YOU SO MUCHHHHH 🥺❤️😭😭😭😭

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  14. I’d have literally never guessed you drew these! In 30 minutes! They look almost exactly like the originals…what?!
    You need to bless us with more of your art and TLC-related art, I swear! Maybe some character (literal) sketches? Seriously, you’re amazing at this!

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! that’s really so kind of you to say, i appreciate that so much 🥺❤️ I will most definitely be sharing more of my art in my coming posts, thank you so much for the support!!! hahah i’m really bad at drawing people, i draw more still life but hey you never know ❤️

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  15. This is probably the coolest blog post I’ve read this week! I’ve never seen anyone try to recreate book covers like this and your art skills are amazing! They all resemble the cover art so well that I don’t think I would have noticed the difference if I wasn’t looking hard. I would love to see more of your artwork in the future, this is awesome :))

    claire @ clairefy

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    1. THANK YOU YOU ARE SO LOVELY ❤️❤️ that’s really sweet of you to say 🥺🥺🥺🥺 i really appreciate it and yes i will most definitely be sharing more art in the future!! thank you for your comment, it really means the world to me 😭😭

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  16. These are amazing!! Well done! It seriously took me a while to understand those were actually your recreations, not the original covers! I only figured it out after looking at it for quite some time, and only because of minor details. I love them! (Definitely max points!!) 😍😍

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  17. OH MY GOD. I’m shook and stunned and this is, wow. Your art is absolutely stunning, I scrolled back and forth every time because well this was way too similar with the original covers, you did such a fantastic job, I adore them! ❤

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    1. AAAAAAAAAA THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! that means so much to me im 🥺🥺🥺🥺 im so glad you liked my drawings, i had so much fun doing them 🥰🥰🥰

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  18. These look AMAZING, and I’m shocked, I never knew that you were such an amazing artist!! I hope to see more of these or of art in general on your blog sometime soon!

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    1. THAT IS!!! SO!! SWEET!! OF YOU TO SAY!!!! ❤️❤️ i’m definitely trying to incorporate more art into my blog, slowly but surely. thank u though, you’re so lovely 🥺🥺

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    1. omg 🥺🥺🥺 thank you so much!! that’s so kind of you to say. I’m definitely looking forward to making more posts like this one!! thank youuu ❤️❤️

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  19. I know this a late comment but you are such an artist !!I just came across your blog and am loving it 🙂 I would give these drawings 110000/10. I’m obsessed with your art skills
    I hope too see more such kind of posts. If you hadn’t put the orginal covers I would have never found out the differance !

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    1. ahh thank you so much!!! you’re literally so sweet!!! i dont know what to say!!!! 🥺🥺💖 i really do hope to make more of these posts in the future (when im not so busy with school) but your comment really made my day so thank youuu 💖

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  20. Omg these are incredible!! How on earth did you draw the first one in 20 minutes? That’s just impossible for me to wrap my mind around. And I think the bone work is fantastic. The capes wonderful too in the second one and I think the colours at the top of the cover are a pretty close match. I adore the third one (and it’s my favourite book of the series too so yay) and can’t even begin to imagine how hard it must have been. And the fourth is just absolutely incredible. I’m totally in awe of it 😍😍

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