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2005.07.13 - "Crime and Punishment" book cover design


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Posted 13 July 2005 - 07:44 PM

here is an idea suggested by seawise - create a contemporary design for a classic book "Crime and Punishment"

here is a plot and summary of the book for those of you who haven't read this masterpiece:

One of the most famous novels in world literature, Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment from 1866 is a harrowing tale about one man’s attempt to escape the implications of a single dire act of murder. Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov - known as Rodya - is a handsome young student who, in an attempt to save his sister Dounia from marrying just to provide for him, kills a slovenly sixty-year old pawnbroker with a porter’s axe. During the killing her sister Lizaveta enters and he murders her too, burying the spoils. The story follows Rodya as he tries to elude detection at a police summons (he faints) and while another man, Nikolay the painter, is accused. Various other characters come into the equation such as Rodya’s student friend Razumihin who fears his mental collapse and Zametov the police clerk who is suspicious of the fainting incident. Episodes that follow include Rodya’s return to the department of investigation under Porfiry Petrovitch who tries to trap him psychologically and later lectures him pertinently on the criminal mind. We fear for Rodya and his untenable situation especially after his family receives something of a small fortune from Svidrigailov. Into this melee of strange circumstances comes Sonia - a pale girl from the streets - to whom Rodya confesses his crime. It is then a question of whether he should give himself up and if Dounia will forgive his act of foolishness. The path of Rodya’s life leads through these adventures to an acceptance of religion over individualism.


full text can be found at bibliomania

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#2 mgpwr

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Posted 13 July 2005 - 11:08 PM

just the front cover ?
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© be yourself - one original is worth more than a thousand copies - I’m the original abby fabby coolio kid - just re-designed - also be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind

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Posted 13 July 2005 - 11:30 PM

yeah, it's not going to be used for a real book :) and it won't even be printed so the dimentions and colors is up to you!

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Posted 14 July 2005 - 08:40 AM

so let's start...

This cover is based on the depressing (and probably other readers will agree with me: Yellowish) atmosphere and the regret theme of the book.

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#5 seawise

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Posted 14 July 2005 - 11:23 AM

as the proposal came from me, i felt to design a cover urgently :) ..

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#6 eraser.bc

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Posted 14 July 2005 - 03:10 PM

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#7 takethetrain

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Posted 14 July 2005 - 06:09 PM

here's my entry.. i've never read the book, but i think i have a fairly good grasp of the concept.

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Posted 14 July 2005 - 07:04 PM

you guys, rule! I especially like takethetrain's drawing. great artwork!

#9 takethetrain

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Posted 14 July 2005 - 07:22 PM

you guys, rule! I especially like takethetrain's drawing. great artwork!

thanks so much! maybe it'll be an influence on you folks letting me in the design team. ;)

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Posted 14 July 2005 - 07:36 PM

it definitely will :) but it's even better to join the Design Team wearing a DC t-shirt, don't you think? ;)

#11 right hand

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Posted 14 July 2005 - 09:31 PM

here are some more

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Posted 14 July 2005 - 09:58 PM

sorry, here is the link:
http://www.aomelchenko.net/covers.htm

#13 nardex

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Posted 15 July 2005 - 09:11 AM

here's my idea, a charcoal theme/look of the book :p

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#14 seawise

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Posted 15 July 2005 - 11:40 AM

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#15 takethetrain

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Posted 15 July 2005 - 12:17 PM

it definitely will :) but it's even better to join the Design Team wearing a DC t-shirt, don't you think? ;)

haha, naturally! :D

#16 seawise

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Posted 15 July 2005 - 12:50 PM

ooops..guys i am deleting my last entry since it is somewhat like the takethetrain's one.. :(

Similar Designs: - As a professional courtesy, if you see that you have created a design that is very similar to what another designer has already entered into a contest, kindly refrain from posting your design.



#17 $partan

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Posted 15 July 2005 - 03:07 PM

Here's mine, hope everyone gets the symbolism...Posted Image

#18 _Redrum

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Posted 15 July 2005 - 08:30 PM

I just did like 5 book cover designs for another contest so, at first, this was the last thing I wanted to to lol. Then I got this idea and I had a go at it :)

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#19 seawise

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Posted 15 July 2005 - 08:57 PM

another one... this one illustrates the mental conflict that raskolnikov runs into with the rest of the world. i think this mental and psychological progress of the hero is also one of the critical issues in the novel.

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#20 Sui

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Posted 15 July 2005 - 09:14 PM

seawise, your last post is really great. I think it also captures the mind quarrel between porfiry and raskolnikov.




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