For Illustration Concepts, we had to pick a book and then re-do the cover. One of my favorite novels, Jeffrey Eugenides's The Virgin Suicides, quickly sprang to my mind, and after a long back and forth with some other books I adore, I decided to just go for it. It was tough to capture the tone of the book, as Eugenides's voice is so peculiar and I felt like I could never do it justice. Originally, I had an idea in which the design elements would not-so-subtly hint at the first death, but, again, the tone wasn't there. I figured this final product was the best I could do, and I think it's all right. The coloring wasn't as horrible as I thought it was going to be; I was trying to go for an overall sense of a rosy afterglow but I also muted things for a bit of a nostalgic, aged feel. I got feedback from some of my classmates and now I feel like I didn't make the bandages around her wrists prominent enough. Some people thought I did just a random pretty girl with tacky jewelry, even though it's a direct reference to one of the sisters. Oh, well.
Here are the final illustration and the flattened image with the design elements. For the front cover's text, I borrowed the look of my Bat for Lashes poster from last year. What can I say, I really like Century Gothic.
I listened to Air's score for the movie a lot during this project. Those first five seconds of "Playground Love" just seal the deal for me. I also highly recommend Jeffrey Eugenides's second book Middlesex, and you all should read it. I think I actually like it more than The Virgin Suicides.