Under the Circus Tent
Being one of my favorites, I really wanted to give justice to this book. I wanted to add the circus and night in a unique way. There's a rain scene, where Marco holds an umbrella for Celia. I love drawing people, so I was happy that I could push the color palette and have fun with the characters.
Gradients helped me work smarter. I overlayed a bit of textures to get a more collage feel that is still painterly. It was difficult to keep the circus umbrella soft and colorful, but using the dark tone overall helped control it.
References & Inspirations
I really enjoyed Daniel Merriam's soft and dreamy renditions of clocks, architecture, and nighttime scenes. I also was really motivated by the considered type book covers. I made sure to find couples that were affectionate, but still modest of the PDA because the book embraces subtleties.
I worked through several different possibilites for this book cover. I knew the existing one was so strong, that I had to bring my A game. I tried out one of my thumbnails, and wasn't proud of it. Later, I picked one of the other sketches I had, and developed it to fruitation. I wanted to pick a colorful but cool color theme, that gives a whimsy but majestic feel to the circus.