I had several ideas for this cover, all centered around this theme of lots of little people, and one person standing out. I was thinking about haveing the letters of the title created from people’s heads, viewed from above, with something special about the dot in the i. I like how this idea turned out, though. I love repetition as a design element…the people in the background make up a sort of surface design pattern that is pretty cool. I also hand-textured the little people, and wrote the text by hand, which looks cool but may not serve any purpose as a designer.
I’ve been thinking lately, though: I’m not a designer. I wish I had more design skills, but I don’t, and I don’t have any plans for new classes/books/studies any time soon. I decided I’m going to remove ‘book covers’ from my illustration rotation. I love book covers, and love the thought of designing them, but most of the book covers I’ve been illustrating feel very different from my other pieces. I want to focus more on other sorts of pieces for the foreseeable future. I’m unsure what I’ll replace the ‘book cover’ category with. I was initially thinking I would like to practice typography (though that, too, feels more like design work and less like my usual work), but now I’m thinking maybe some sort of spot illustration work? So it’d overlap a bit with my editorial category, but that makes sense since I love editorial work. I’m going to give myself a few weeks, until this category comes around again, to decide what I’ll do. What do you think?