Apnea

EDITORIAL ILLUSTRATION

"In the city, Ana has run up without air. To recover herself, she returns to the small coastal town where she was born, to her grandmother's home. There, with the help of Daniel, a former classmate who practices freediving, she will attempt to take control of her breathing and her life.” I was commisioned to design and illustrate the cover for the book, written by Gaia Tempesta.

Apnea Cover

The cover

The cover features Ana, the main character, immersed in water—an important part of the novel concept—in front of Daniel, the person who will bring balance to her life. The cover is divided in two symmetrical parts, with the characters facing each other in a similar gesture, eyes open vs closed, air and water, light and darkness.

Charter detail: Daniel

Character detail — Daniel

Daniel represents the brighter part of the composition. In the cover, his face is calm and his eyes open. He is represented by water, an important symbol in the book, so his element envelops Ana.

Charter detail: Ana

Character detail — Ana

Ana is the darker part of the composition. In the cover, her face is also calm, in equilibrium, and her eyes closed. She is represented by air, an element enveloping Daniel in a ying-yang balance.

An unusual solution

The proposal breaks with the standards originated in recent years around the genre of Adult Romance, where sobriety, photography and a certain naiveté have taken over all the covers. Instead, we use bold, honest and direct illustration, as an unexpected and regenerating proposal for a genre that has always been involved in visual clichés.

Detail

Finish and texture detail.

Detail

Finish and texture detail.

Detail

Finish and texture detail.

Alternative proposal

Alternative proposal

Initially, the illustration featured a wider range of colors exposing richer backgrounds and well lit characters (1). But I had some doubts about the readability of the illustration and the contrast. So at some point I decided to offer an alternative (2): a reduction of the palette, increasing the impact and readability of the cover while offering a more clear contrast between the characters, strengthening the general concept. But a lot of chromatic nuances were lost and it was finally discarded.

My tasks

1. Art direction
2. Cover illustration
3. Additional illustrations
4. Graphic design

Tools

• Pencil & paper
• Adobe Illustrator
• Adobe Photoshop

Buy the book

The book will be available at Amazon this year (Spanish only). Come back soon and get the link to buy it.

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