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Discovering 3D Book Mock-ups

After uploading Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit to my portfolio I realized that my website looked really rough. The previews of my book covers cropped oddly with the dimensions provided by the thumbnails and it made things look very sloppy and ambiguous. This is the year I decided that I wanted to focus on illustrating books. With that being my goal, I knew that I’d need to find a better way to display my work now and for the future.

I started with the idea of doing my own photoshoot and started planning places to photograph the books I have in print at the moment. Quickly, I ran into a few problems. It was taking a lot of time during my day to set up these staged photos, especially with destructive little helpers. I also found that I was lacking creativity, proper lighting, and a desire to really put in the effort for a GOOD product shoot. I’ve done product shoots in the past and know I can get the results I want but ultimately I’d rather spend my time making art rather than photographing it.

Then it hit me. All self-publishers couldn’t possibly also be wickedly talented product photographers on the side. There was no way that these perfectly lit and composed photos were being taken by EVERY person who wrote a book. Maybe half of them, but not all. So I did some digging and found a gold mine of resources in the form of 3D book mockups. I’ve listed my favorites below:

    • For very basic mockups, https://diybookcovers.com/3Dmockups/ is a great resource. You can save their files as a .png and insert your own custom background to better promote your work. I haven’t experimented with it but there are a lot of digital and traditional layouts that you can utilize here.

    • My favorite resource was https://covervault.com/. With Photoshop it makes editing book covers easy. I liked having the ability to customize my end result and further edit the layers provided with the files.

    • For another online option with a little more moodiness to it, I enjoyed using https://bookinmotion.com/book-mockups/. They have a lot of dramatically lit and composed layouts that will add a little spice to your books. Perfect to enhance those witchy vibes.

    • I haven’t used this resource yet but it is another easy online option with beautiful, professional backgrounds. They offer great previews both on digital (phones, tablets, computers) and traditional (books, magazines, etc) options.  https://placeit.net/c/mockups/?f_devices=Book

I hope this helps some of you! This definitely was an exciting find for me and will be something I utilize in the future. I look forward to testing out some open book previews in the future with an art book I’m currently working on!

Rabbit Vision

Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit began with a desire, a need for Molly’s thesis work to be printed into a hard copy. I wanted something tangible that I could hold between my fingers. To set the words in ink so that they’d hopefully stop circling in my head. To stop me from whispering “oh fuck” every few poems and feeling these unnameable feelings.

Convinced this would be the path to my freedom I began rereading, arranging, re-arranging, and rearranging again her pieces. I transferred them into one document, doing my best to keep the same consistency and feel as the original compositions. I felt a small sense of peace once I was done.

After transferring the sections, I made the harmless decision to design a cover for this book. It would make for a good surprise for Molly and would look better on our bookshelves, I rationalized. My plan was simple, a black cover with one of the fonts found within the book. It would be an easy task to complete and I would be able to print the book by the end of the week. I was pleased with the idea of this book in physical form and began imaging where I’d put it once it was printed.

What I hadn’t realized at this point was that Molly’s work had become an obsession. When I closed my eyes, rabbits were all I could think of. And they were breeding. Immersed into this work I began to see rabbits everywhere. They filled my Pinterest feed, I noticed them outside on my walks, they existed in my dreams.

They were everywhere. I felt like this was potentially unhealthy but instead of worrying about it I simply texted Molly whenever I felt that reality and rabbits were mixing too dangerously.

This book haunted me. It lingered with me and I soaked in it for months. I worked on it grudgingly, obsessively, in secret, and with a fervor that I rarely feel towards a project. What started with a simple, text-based book cover became a detailed illustration. Then came the section illustrations. Then came my reaction essay, an explanation to the insanity of this process, coupled with process and studio photos. Once that was completed it was still. And perfect.

I’m hoping her work and our collaboration has a similar effect for you.

Some obsessions are meant to be shared.

Information on preorders for the book will be shared soon.

Cover for Rabbit Rabbit Rabbit a collaborative project with Molly Meador Illustrated by 9 Sirens Creative - Lauren Walke

Check out the portfolio HERE for more pictures featured in the book.

It’s Been a Bit

Honesty time. I’ve been MIA on social media for a while now. I’ve made and broken promises to post more. I’ve made goals to do art and fallen short of them. Mostly I’ve struggled with how open and vulnerable to be with myself and my audience. This lead to me defaulting to posting nothing but my plant babies ❤️🌱 as I’ve worked to rebuild my life.

I’ve finally come to a place where it feels appropriate to update those who have followed me for a while and an introduce myself for those who are newer. I am Lauren. I am an illustrator, wife, mother, plant addict, trinket collector, and speaker to bones. I feel intensely, dance frequently, and I’m working to find comfort in sitting honestly and vulnerably with myself.

Life has been a rollercoaster these last few years. In 2017 I left an unhealthy marriage of 6 years and moved with my daughter across the United States back to my hometown. Being a single mom and working to reestablish a sense of balance was a struggle that pushed me to my limit every single day. I worked while she slept, played with her while she was awake, and strove to make the world a safe and exciting adventure. I went to counseling, worked through some PTSD, wrestled (and still wrestle) with anxiety, and found a new normal. In 2018 I dated a man that embraced me as I am wholey. He loved the person that was let out only in small amounts into my art. He saw ME and encouraged me to thrive and flourish. In 2019 I married this wonderful man and, after a difficult pregnancy, gave birth to my second daughter.

I can honestly say that I have never been happier. Life has never been better or brighter. I have never breathed so freely.

I make no promises for posts in the future. I am slowly beginning to work on personal projects again. I’m slowly coming out of my own shell and experimenting. For now, that is enough. When I have an update I will post it but until then I appreciate your patience. ❤️

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