Usually, I sit down with a sketchbook, I spend an undetermined amount of time trying to draw out my train of thought until something sticks. Then when i have a pretty solid idea, I begin ‘building’ my image. The idea generation is the longest part of my process. However, with the above image everything was backwards.
I have been wanting to work on a few book covers for a while; a few mock-ups that i can send out to publishers in the hopes of getting a few real book jacket jobs! When thinking about which books i would like to re-design, my brain skipped a few stages and decided for itself that it wanted to come up with an idea for Nick Hornby’s High Fidelity. Below is the only actual rough work I did for the image, this is around 5% of the usual sketching and drawings that occur in the idea stage.
I want to produce 3 or 4 more book jackets over the next couple of months…let’s hope my brain is in the same frame of mind next time.