Final on this one with working elements below. We went with hand drawn font for performers name in the end. A preliminary direction below as well.

Ecorché vif: flayed alive.

This was a really fun cover to work on. It is historical fiction set in Malaya before the Second World War. Below are all the elements that were used to create the final image. The trickiest part was the plate. The floral element on the rim comes from the photograph of floral fabrics that is appropriate for the part of the world where novel takes place. The photograph at the very bottom shows craquelure which gives the plate an antique feel appropriate to the era.