The Cover Art Process

Posted on April 5, 2011

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Courtesy of Vince Chong’s Blog:

Here’s the cover art and design for Multiplex Fandango, Weston Ochse’s first ever short story collection.

The initial concept for the image came from Weston himself.  The theme for the collection is that the stories are movies on the printed page, so to tie in with this he envisioned a theater with a front reminiscent of the old-style movie theaters that then grew into an immense building behind that – a merging of the old theater with the modern multiplex.  He wanted this to be set in the middle of a cracked barren desert which plays an important part in his stories.

The stories seemed to centre on characters who are isolated or alone in some way and wrestling with their own internal issues, so I liked the idea of adding various individuals drifting towards the theater, each on their own and distanced from the others, their isolation echoed by the desert.  We experimented with working in some other elements from the stories, such as giant wasps in the distance and a huge crack running through the desert, but in the end decided that the image would be more powerful focusing just on the people walking towards the monolithic theater set in the expansive desert.

rough thumbnail sketches

Multiplex Fandango will be available for preorder in May from Dark Regions Press.

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