Final cover with preliminary sketch below.
In this memoir the author writes about her relationship with her brother. They were very close when they were younger but she has lost contact with him. He was a well known filmmaker who, with no explanation, had walked away from his career and family. I had to rework the original image to make the right hand seat vacated.
This is the final cover on this one. Without going into too much detail, suffice it to say that reptile skin figures in the plot. I wanted to find a way of showing that without resorting to photography. My initial idea was to cut out a scale pattern to form the letters. Perhaps it was the bright primary colours but it had a “lego” quality at thumbnail size that was sending the wrong message. I opted for a graphic pattern for the full cover with the type superimposed.