After John Carter gave me his idea for this cover, I struggled with it for quite some time. I just wasn’t sure how to take his idea and turn it into something that I knew I could execute well. Initially I wanted Nate (the main character) to look like he was fighting some sort of ethereal, green, Ghostbuster kind of ghost monster. But I wasn’t feeling confident about it. So I thought about having Nate in the foreground looking concerned as the librarian (our Sophia-looking character) was getting attacked by the ghost monster. But I knew I struggle with two major things: depth and height. I think another idea was to have the librarian running out of the library with Nate tackling the monster down.
The latter idea didn’t work well with the story. Even though I really wanted Nate front and center on the cover (he IS the main character) I just couldn’t quite figure out how to include him. So I asked John if he’d be interested in having the librarian front and center on the front cover and we could place Nate on the back. Luckily, John was interested in the idea and after settling on a composition, the cover went by fairly quickly.
It was a lot of fun for me to go through and really play with more effects to help achieve more of the running blur that one would see in a snapshot of someone running. And I also played a bit more with lighting effects.