When I design a cover, I usually have a number of ideas. I mock them up and then take a week or so to consider each, sometimes changing fonts and placement. This time, I knew exactly what I wanted.
I didn’t take the photo. In fact, I didn’t take any of the photos this time. Both the front and back images came from stock I found on Pixabay.com several months ago. I simply tweaked the base images to suit my needs. All in all, it only took a few hours for me to get the results I wanted.
The face model on the back cover is a good friend of mine who generously sent me several photos that his talented wife had taken of him. It was hard trying to choose one from the options I had been given. The one that made the back cover had just the expression I was looking for. Cheers, Sam!
I say it every time, but this has to be one of my most favourite covers. The front just sums up the story nicely. It is Tommy if that makes any sense? Dreamlike. Unsettling. Empty.
Feel free to tell me how the cover makes you feel below.