Another one for the Salon des refusés. This was a tough one. I wanted to illustrate succeeding without seemingly even trying? Even though the Art Director went to bat for it, it was still deemed too obtuse and they went in another direction in the end.
A recent cover with a preliminary sketch below. The novel takes place in Russia during the Cold War. The main character is a fan of early American rock and roll, and is in love with a beautiful woman who he considers his biblical Rachel. They wanted a nod to American graphic design of the era.