It was a long process. From my short time working as an illustrator I have learned that covers always take the longest. I think I have done a total of six covers so far and they always seem to be the most tricky to get right.
So the idea behind this cover was to have some sort of pumpkin field with little Witch's Cat frolicking around in it. Initially the idea was to have it as a daytime scene but you will see that changes through out the process.
It started out with a sketch...
...and the sketch was tweaked until it was right. The line of washing was removed and so was the tree and green house.
Then I started to build the image in 3d. I began by drawing all the pumpkins.
Then I made the base from a sheet of cardboard covered in crinkled tissue paper.
Then I painted the sky and took some shots!
The clouds looked too solid and the pumpkins at the front and back looked too out of focus. It definitely wasn't right at this point.
Tried it with a different background but there was still something missing. The editor asked if the pumpkins could be 3d rather than standing cardboard so I went back and made some 3d ones.
Things started to turn around when I added some sparkle to the pumpkins. I suddenly began to feel more inspired about the cover and began to see it was looking much better.
But during the time I was sparkling up the pumpkins I had another idea and I wanted to try it out. What if instead of daytime it was night time and the title was surrounded by a big round moon? I tried it out.
I had to use about three (or maybe even four) lamps behind the moon to fully light it as it was so big! All the pinprick stars had to be lit too.
But we went with it!
And this as you know, is the final result:
It took a long time to get this cover right but I'm so glad I persevered with it. I am really pleased with how it turned out in the end.