BY FRAZER IRVING
|This is the sketch that was chosen. I hated it but tharg said it was good and told me to do it. So I did, like a good little droid. It took some working to make it "happen" tho...
|OK, I cheated: this was stolen wholesale from the cover of my self published book "the man who learnt to fly" but as it was such a low print run I figured I could reuse the idea. Tharg didn't like it much, but he liked the b/g ideas which I later ditched.
|This looked a bit like bad trips was boogying so I'm glad tharg didn't want it. The first idea. Often the worst.
|This is the finalised composition. Note how it differs from the final cover. I basically still wanted to go with a centralised symmetrical design, but tharg thought otherwise. Here we have gone for Kirby hands and squiggly hair but the other details have been ditched.
|This was the final design which I came up with. The blue b/g not only complemented the other colours in the shot, but they also resonated with the design on the interiors. It's funny how I didn't notice that until the very last moment. This is the original layout and as I noted with the sketch, you'll see that the final cover was cropped differently to how I planned.
|This was an attempt the liven up the colour contrast a bit. My least favorite but I included it for novelty value.
|This was the original design, with the yellow being dominant. Tharg expressed concern that all that yellow may get a bit lost of the shelves and asked me to try some other variations, which I did.