The Jungle Book - YA Book Cover Design

Well, I'm doing it again. I've decided to take on another new interest... but this time it has been a long time coming. I have always wanted to illustrate children's books, but only recently has the urge compelled me to action.

I took a class on Domestika by Melissa Castrillón, talked to a contact I have in the publishing world, and now I am starting to assemble a portfolio of the type of work I could contribute to the industry. So far? Very fun.

I decided to start small by designing a few book covers in a young adult style, taking classics in the public domain as my subject matter. 

Here are my concept sketches:

Young adult book cover concept sketches, titles from the public domain


I had so much fun making these! I think I will ultimately execute several of them, but I started with the one that called to me; the one that seemed within reach of my current style and preference for plants: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. 

Here is my color sketch:

Book cover color sketch of ruins surrounded by jungle foliage

And after watching endless episodes of Beef on Netflix, I finished the final version. (I used Procreate on my iPad Pro.)

The Jungle Book Cover design with tropical leaves and ancient ruins

So pumped! Ready to take on some more! Any ideas what I should do next?

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