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    Sketches and finals for a trial illustration that may possibly lead to illustrating a book of Flannery O'Connor's short stories. Since the projec… Read More
    Sketches and finals for a trial illustration that may possibly lead to illustrating a book of Flannery O'Connor's short stories. Since the project is still in progress, I'm waiting to post the client's name until everything is definite and approved. Read Less
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Flannery O'Connor Illustrations
 illustration to go along with the short story, "Circle in the Fire"
I'm currently working on a trial illustration for to go along with Flannery O'Connor's "Circle in the Fire". If the final illustration gets approved for this short story, it may possibly lead to illustrating a whole book of her collected short stories (fingers crossed). Right now, I've just added the first 5 inital roughs for the final trial illustration. I'll put the final color trial image and any subsequent illustrations for this project up once they're completed.

The art director ended up choosing two sketches of the five for me to finalize (well, she liked both, so I offered to finalized both of them). The one above is one of the two.
The sketch above is the second of the two I am going to go to final on.
These are the two color finals based off of the chosen black and white sketches above. The art director and editors decided that I actually liked the black and white roughs even better, so they chose one of those to use as the actual illustration for one story and another to use for a different story after a few modifications. 

The cover and 7 of the 11 finished interior illustrations are below.

The cover ended up being a mix of these top two illustrations (the spine design of the top with the color palette of the bottom one.  Below are some of the rejected spine illustrations, along with one of my rejected sketches for the cover (the one I really wanted to be picked).