So, today I still feel iffy, but feeling a whole lot better than what I was yesterday. So, I did what I mentioned yesterday about asking my relatives which of my book covered they preferred. As they are the age group the design is aimed for. I realized however that after I asked, I was slightly rooting for one design over the other.
Especially when both my relatives said they preferred the image on the right. I had also asked some of my friends which ones they preferred. They all answered the image on the Left. So I think there is definitely something to be said about that. I then began to analyse both of the designs. Why did I really not like the image on the right, compared to the image on the right. I realized it was mainly due to the very simple shape and design of the spy like figure. I then looked at the image on the left , what did I like so much about this cover. I realized that it was just this. The image on the right, was a bit too complicated, too much going on. The image on the left, too simple and not much happening. So I went back into photoshop and made a few changes.
So I added text to both of the spines, I took away one element from the left book cover, which was the little spy vector. I then made the right book cover a little more complicated. Now with the image on the right I still feel there needs to be more done to it. Even just making the little boy in it the same colour as the main figure of the book cover. I would also like to add gradients. Although I am still figuring that part out, in which way exactly I want to do that.
Now, here's the kicker. I show these new designs to my relatives. They still pic the same one as they did before. I ask friends who are the same age as myself. They still all pic the same book cover of the blue main figure. I really have no idea, what to do. Although after speaking about these with my friends. Something I hadn't realized was brought to my attention. When children want books, it's the parents that buy the books for them. So this cover needs to appeal to children as well as adults. This being a key factor I had forgotten. I am hoping to send my design off to them tomorrow, So here's hoping I will have made a decision. I still feel myself leaning towards the image on the left. whoops...