The final cover

Step 1: Choose a portrait (drawn in Adobe Illustrator)

   

Step 2: Rough layout concept

   

Step 3: Add textures/other illustrated elements (these are Eric’s graphs/geometric designs he drew)

Redraw for more accuracy and edit the color palette (drawn in Adobe Illustrator)

 

 

Step 4: Play around with color palette (starred one was the winner winner chicken dinner)

Step 5: Add more elements (Eric with his signature coffee and a tree photograph in his abstract series)

Step 6: “Cross Pollinate” concept visualized through bees and honey combs (drawn in Adobe Photoshop)

Step 7: Add border (drawn in Adobe Photoshop)

Step 8: Resize image for mobile screen and add cover title text (border got a little cleaned up)