Working on the cover for Kendra Kandlestar 5 (part 2)

My last blog post showed some of my early cover designs for the fifth and final Kendra Kandlestar book, The Search for Arazeen. Those initial concepts just didn’t work, so I decided to work on some more simple compositions, ones that focused solely on Kendra.

I produced three different designs. The first one showed Kendra amidst the flames of battle. Here’s my initial sketch:

searchforarazeen_coversketch_fire

I also did a colorized version . . .

searchforarazeen_illustration_fire

 

The one below was a more peaceful concept, showing Kendra before the battle that happens in the book. I had actually produced this drawing for one of the interior illustrations.

kendra_tower_sketch

Here’s the inked black and white version of the above.

Kendra at Clovinstand

My editor really loved this illustration, so I decided it might serve as an option for the cover. So I flipped and colorized it:

searchforarazeen_illustration_tower

 

The final concept was also based on an interior illustration that I had already produced for the book interior.  These were the original rough sketches . . .

kendra_mist_sketch

Below, is an inked version. I kept coming back to this illustration a lot, so decided I could produce a version of it for the cover

 

searchforarazeen_illustration_shipdeck

Below, is a colorized version of the illustration. As you can see, I also removed any discernible background and added some mood with the swirls of clouds.

searchforarazeen_cover_smoke

I also made one alternate version, with some swords pointing at Kendra. I thought this would help add a bit more drama to the picture, plus visually accentuate her.

searchforarazeen_cover_smoke_swords

In my next post, I’ll show what each of these three illustrations looked like in the cover template, along with some of the color variations we played with.

 

 

 

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