When I illustrated Ursula K. Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea a couple years ago as part of an art school project, the cover I ended up producing was...lazy at best. I'd exhausted myself trying to rattle out the interior illustrations in just a couple weeks (having spent the first half of the project very diligently and efficiently procrastinating) and by the time it got round to making a cover I'd run out of energy and enthusiasm. The resulting image isn't even worth sharing. Trust me.
So I thought it might be fun, as a little graphics project, to have another crack at designing a cover for A Wizard of Earthsea.
I was going for a very oldy-worldy woodcut kind of look, like medieval or Viking art, to reflect the mythological, almost archetypal nature of the story.
Seeing as it's been a while since I did any proper graphic design work, I'm pretty pleased with how this has come out. I might make it an ongoing project to pick a few books I like and design my own covers. Could be fun, and it would be a great way of getting back into the swing of graphic design.