During my internship with Jelly London, an Illustrator agency I was asked to work on some dead briefs. One of which was an old commission from Penguin, and I was asked to produce a cover for the novella by Truman Compote. The brief was specific that I was to steer clear from any iconic imagery such as Audrey Hepburn but that I was to include a New York skyline and possibly a cat to represent the cat that is nearly abandoned at the end. I was keen to get going on this brief as I have not really had much experience with book cover design, but this would be a great opportunity to receive honest industry feedback in a mock client/artist situation.
I drew this woman to represent the main character in the novella. Editing this image was interesting, I started with the whole of her profile but after some discussion with the folks at Jelly decided to crop off half her face as a way to make the character more mysterious, so that the reader's imagination is enabled more. I feel this works more, as it attracts more attention to the ear-ring. I hadn't read all the book but I did watch the film, in which I liked the quote about how she matched her ear-rings to the occasion.