I introduced Emma Wakeling here in my previous post as my new cover designer, and now I’d like to ask you all for some feedback on the fruit of Emma’s labour:
What’s your first impression? We welcome all sorts of criticism so don’t be shy to use the comments’ section below! Hell, even email me if you like: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emma reduced the moon a little after Jade from Scatterbooker pointed out that the title would look better with an entirely black background:
I miss the moon being as big as it was, but the title does ‘pop’ a lot more. What do you think?
Emma read the book and sketched some ideas after our first lot of brainstorming. I’ve including the sketches below to show the thought process behind creating the finished product.
Sketches that lead to the Final Cover:
Anita’s Profile, with her black hair turning into a Swan:
Emma decided to use soft features for Anita, which I really like. It reminds us how young she is, and her haunted expression says to me that she’s got something weighing on her mind, like she’s trying to psyche herself up up to do something. That’s my opinion anyway. What’s yours?
Black Swan, Head Bowing with the Moon
I loved this image too so I asked Emma to combine this one with Anita’s profile. I think this makes the final cover look like the ‘thing’ that’s weighing on Anita’s mind is literally the inheritance of the Black Swan, with the image of the Swan dripping poison/blood into Anita’s mind. I know that’s not quite what the magic is about, but the inheritance has greatly affected Anita’s life, for better and worse. I love the trippiness of the final image and how Emma pulled off the combination of the two previous images 🙂
Black Swan in Flight with Moon in Background
Profile of Wicked, Snake-like Black Swan