what do you think of the cover of Girls Made of Snow and Glass? bc i think it's pretty boring but people keep saying it's rly good? idk it doesn't even look YA to me. do you think there's something special here that i'm just not seeing?
ok i am not unbaised because Melissa Bashardoust is a lowkey internet buddy of mine (and also i’m INSANELY EXCITED TO READ IT AHHHHHHHHH) but I really like it. I was surprised by how starkly minimal it is when they first released it, and yes, the result is that it doesn’t look YA, but as a book with major crossover appeal (and also with the job of visually differentiating itself from the eight billion other YA fairytale retellings) I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
Age bracket-signaling aside, though, GMSG is a masterclass in relatively minimalist cover design. Designing minimally is harder than designing something more complicated, because you have to be in complete command of every single detail and this just! nails it! the typography is super simple but everything is perfect; the spacing, balance, hierarchy, the slight interest you get from “of” and “and” being in italics, the type pairing with the sans-serif author name. There’s no unnecessary textures or effects to bog it down; the designer knew what they were doing and were confident that that was enough, and that confidence and skill comes though. (it also comes through in the fact that there’s not a drop shadow on “snow and glass”– a lesser designer/ anyone who works at harpercollins might have been temped to put one to help it stand out from the icicles, but we don’t need it.) The imagery of the icicles provides organic detail in contrast to the simple letterforms (and is placed a lot less randomly than it looks; tangents are being very carefully avoided) and that combined with the stark black and white makes the mood of the cover bleak and cold without, as we have discussed before re: the covers of Wintersong and Stealing Snow, stamping snowflakes and sparkles on everything. I have it on good authority that this is appropriate re: the book’s contents.
So yeah, i mean, if you think it’s boring, liking minimal design is a matter of personal taste, but I think it’s pretty close to flawless on a technical level. And it may not be a very YA cover, but I’m all for variation in the market + increased ability for booksellers to handsell to adults.
I really want a boyfriend that serves as my best friend. I just want to be able to be myself around him, be able to send him the ugliest selfie I could take and still be beautiful in his eyes. I just want to be a complete fool in front of him, sing at the top of my lungs, dance to silly songs, eat like a pig in front of him, and just feel comfortable in the most awkward situations. I want to feel like I’m normal even when I’m doing the weirdest shit. I don’t know what love really is, but all I know is that I want to be happy with someone I can be myself with.
Ok but esc just started and I already see people all around Tumblr saying that Ukraine is the worst host country. Can someone explain why? What did we do wrong? I'm so tired of my country being considered the worst at everything and sometimes it's not even fair. Idk it just makes me so sad. Why people are so bitter? I almost want to cry, bc things like this make me even sometimes being ashamed of being Ukrainian, bc people think that my country is the worst, is boring, is stupid...
Please don’t be ashamed of being Ukranian. Last year ORF was also criticized and it’s just because Sweden always leave the level very high. And in tv people tend to see the errors very easily when 70% of the time everything is running smoothky :)
I don’t know if this actually requires an announcement, but I’ve decided to participate in NaNoWriMo this year, and while I do believe I should be able to balance writing that novel and writing replies fairly well, I wanted to give you guys a heads up, because I don’t know how capable I will actually be, in the end, in splitting my ‘online time’ between NaNoWriMo AND replies/Tumblr. I just feel more comfortable letting you guys now that if I’m not online when I usually am, I might be trying to hit that quota. :3
Quick doodles of these guys before i go to bed.
I’m thinking about using the Plush looking bendy and the girl bendy later? I like those two the most out of these.. though on of the reasons I like drawing bendy is how quick and fun it is to draw him, but these guys are a little more complex. I don’t know if I’m going to keep drawing any of them or give them names? If I do I’m to tired at the moment to think of any names so the names might come later..? Idk. What do you guys think? Do you guys like them? Do you think I should do something with them? Should I just keep them as one of those things I draw when I’m bored? I don’t know.. I’ve never really shown my(very few) Oc’s to lots of people like this, especially ones still in development.. like this…
But what we should do is when they sing Good Girls, instead of saying "She's a good girl, She's daddy's favorite" we should say "She's a good girl, She's Ashton's favorite". I don't know if this was already said or thought of but idk I think this needs to be done more. :)