Making the cover
Stepping into a cover illustration with Kyle is like being taken into a sorcerer’s cave: exotic, thrilling and almost completely mystifying. All you can be sure of is that you’ll step out with some real magic.
Our initial cover pitch – a Terminator 2-like flow of liquid metal – was politely batted away by Kyle, who wanted to devise something “less dated”. Sure enough, over the following days he experimented with and honed a scattered pixel frenzy that was all but ready to print... until a flash of inspiration struck.
“I want to really push the ART of the rebrand angle,” he explained, before emailing through photos of mysterious eruptions so beautiful and strange that they made us rethink the cover from scratch.
We begged an extra 24 hours from our printers to give Kyle time to magically interweave type and photography, and after pulling an all-nighter, Kyle delivered one of our most striking cover illustrations. Check out Showcase next issue to see some more magic Kyle’s been cooking up lately...
Top left: The ‘scattering’ technique felt right conceptually, and the bespoke typography Kyle made for us was ace. But there was a risk that the foil we had pencilled in for this cover would boss the fine detail about too much.
Top right and above: The art department has sworn not to reveal the exact details of how Kyle conjured up the final cover art... these two images give some clues, however.