When Ivanhoe first told me about his book, I scratched my head and wondered how could I take all of these abstract ideas and turn them into something cohesive? I decided to just focus on the first idea, infinity, and work with that and hoped that everything else would fall into place.
The problem with infinity is that it’s difficult to illustrate. It has one symbol (∞) and I knew I didn’t want want a super big infinity symbol on the cover. So I thought about it. What is infinity? I thought about fractals and Ivanhoe thought something like puzzle pieces might be interesting, too. So the first two concepts consisted of his idea and my fractal idea. And because I always give out three concepts on the first go-around, I had to really think deep. Out of ideas, I just searched for infinity and looked at the images that popped up and that’s when space was presented to me. I discovered a beautiful eclipse image and thought about how the opening in Star Wars has this wonderful infinite feel with the way the words scroll up, so I tweaked the title to mirror that.
Ivanhoe loved the concept right away, much to my surprise and relief. I cleaned up the image, darkened it a bit more to make the light from the eclipse really pop out. I wanted the eye to go directly to that. I also added in a few stars to give the illusion of being in space. There was a bit of trouble with the cover looking like it was too astrology-based at first with the number of stars I initially added, but we finally found a good point to stop.