think outside the desert
Aaron overcame a range of creative challenges on this book cover project, and ended up with a portfolio highlight
Sometimes the hardest projects that you take on end up being the most rewarding, and the challenges involved can help develop you as an artist. This was particularly true with the cover image for Fires of the Desert, the fourth in the Children of the Desert series by US author Leona Wisoker.
After reading the manuscript, Aaron faced a conundrum: despite its evocative title, Fires of the Desert contained precious few examples of either flames or sand. “I recall most of the scenes taking place in an area that might resemble Italy,” explains the artist.
“Blue was an important colour. There was very little desert, and not much fire. I felt all of my ideas would be in conflict with the title of the book, even though they were visually fitting once read.”
After numerous failed ideas, Aaron went back to the drawing board. “I asked some simple questions to myself. I knew I either needed to show some fire, or use that colour scheme somehow,” he continues. “Then I focused on the character, and how she was in conflict within the book, and the answers just flowed right out to a simple thumbnail.”
Although at the start Aaron was concerned that the flowing fabric would prove to be the biggest challenge to achieve, it turned out to be the most enjoyable part of the process. “It was such a joy to work on,” he says.