I made dozens of book covers for different publishers. Most of the time, I began by reading a summary or the text on the back cover to give me a general idea of the book. But very often, I ask more details to the author to grasp the essence of his text. Unfortunately, I do not have time to read the books for which I work, especially since most of the time they are still in the test state being corrected.
Even if the content is good, we can not deny that a book catches the eye thanks to its cover, so it’s a difficult challenge for me because I have to illustrate at best what he is talking about, without revealing too much. I decide either to take a specific scene, or to thematize the book through a single image, either through photomontage or digital painting.