Mixed me­dia book cover art

Amanda Sar­tor il­lus­trates for a self-pub­lished book.

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This is an il­lus­tra­tion cre­ated for a self-pub­lish­ing au­thor. When deal­ing with self­pub­lish­ers, it’s a good idea to find out ahead of time what ser­vice they plan to pub­lish through. Some of th­ese ser­vices have dif­fer­ent re­quire­ments. You may also be act­ing as art direc­tor and designer, so be pre­pared to han­dle more re­spon­si­bil­ity than you might with a tra­di­tional pub­lisher.

The topic of the book is a young adult rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of Lit­tle Red Rid­ing Hood. The client wanted to show the main char­ac­ter in the woods, but was oth­er­wise fairly open about how the im­age was pre­sented. My idea was to show the char­ac­ter right at the mo­ment she re­alises she’s be­ing fol­lowed, and to con­vey some of that ap­pre­hen­sion and fore­bod­ing. I also wanted to por­tray the char­ac­ter as more of a mys­tery than a vic­tim. I did this by ob­scur­ing part of her face to make her seem less vul­ner­a­ble. Eyes con­vey emo­tion, and by ob­scur­ing them the char­ac­ter be­comes in­scrutable.

Like most of my il­lus­tra­tions, I rely as greatly on de­sign as on re­al­ism. I try to use as much ab­strac­tion as pos­si­ble while still main­tain­ing a sense of re­al­ity that the viewer can iden­tify with.

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