Simon and Schuster commissioned me to illustrate the book jacket of an upcoming trilogy of young adult fantasy books called, of all things, Bad Unicorn. To say this was a dream job is to underestimate the disbelief I had when the art director herself suggested that I "impale a squirrel on the horn of Princess, the man-eating unicorn" Yeah. No problem.
|The full wrap jacket with the spine.|
These were my first three concepts, they went with A, but needed less "Rambo" in the unicorn. They mixed and matched the back cover from C.
A tight sketch and a few color comps.
My first pass used 'atomic' colors, acidic greens and reds. But, this seemed not 'boyish' enough for the editor, so we switched the jacket and spine to black. Which works just as well. Plus, we added the 'greyscale rainbow' ... nice touch.
Thanks to art director, and Washington University grad, Jessica Handleman for the great project!