The project's goal was to create a book cover for PCC's art and magazine Alchemy, using the concepts of creation and transformation. Furthermore, overt imagery of magic, wizardry, or actual alchemy should be avoided. This cover was submitted for consideration for their 2023 publication.
Honing in on the concept of transformation, as well as additional concepts of mystery and the power of art as a tool to change pain into beauty, I started with imagery in the realm of fantasy, such as space and moons, but ones that were far removed from the undesirable 'wizardry and alchemists'. From there, I used a mixture of digitally-painted raster imagery and minimalistic vector imagery to bring the final composition together.
The end result is a design with a striking main element conveying a sense of melancholy, yet also an ethereal beauty born of emotion.