YA Book Cover Dress Designs #1

Hi there!

You're probably wondering what the heck this is.

This is a new meme I'm starting. I've been inspired several times by YA book covers into making dress designs, so I thought that it would be cool to feature one every now and then. I've been into designing dresses ever since we had a costume unit in theatre, where we actually had to design and make our own costumes. I haven't stopped drawing since, and thus I got onto book-ier things to design for :)

Anyway, here's the first dress!

(sorry for the dark lighting...)

This one I designed for Incarnate by Jodi Meadows. I haven't unfortunately read the book yet, but I won the book and so it's sitting on my shelf. Anyway, one day I just picked up the book to admire the cover (as I always do) and I got a total brainwave for a dress that would totally fit the cover.
I used a butterfly wing for the torso, and used some of the red. I put black for the stomach area because I didn't want the background to take too much away from the butterfly wing! It was a little hard to color in because I couldn't get the lovely gradient that the book cover has, so I tried my best to make-do with what colors I had and got a slightly darker colored-in wing. The purple skirt you ask? Well it's from the spine of the book and the hardcover of the book under the flap! I loved the color, saw that I had something fairly close to it and decided to color in the skirt with it. The whole fading to white thing wasn't on purpose by the way– the marker just started to get a little dry and out of colour! But I love the effect, and decided to leave it as is :)

Here's a little bit about the book:

Incarnate by Jodi Meadows


Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

Even Ana's own mother thinks she's a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she'll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

Sam believes Ana's new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana's enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else's life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.

I seriously don't get how I haven't read this one yet *shakes head*. I guess I must be waiting for the third one, Infinite to come out so I can read all three books in one go :P

Anyway, that's all for today, thank you for reading a little bit about another hobby of mine. I'd love for you all to take part as well– you don't necessarily have to draw a dress, you can use clippings of photos to create one overall look, or just find a dress that would work for XXX book! Let me know in the comments if you'd be interested, so next time I can put up a linky so you can share.

Thanks everyone!


  1. Wow-you are so talented! I mostly just stare at the dresses on covers but I love the way you used the colors here to create something different and yet still evocative of the cover. Excited to see more sketches (and maybe you'll bring one to life one day?)

  2. nIce new meme. I think I love this design Idea.


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