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Update: "Die Pest in Sachsen" Cover

It's been rather a long time since there was a post here!

The day job has more or less consumed my life over the past few months.

Whereas there are those who still work predominantly in home office, the office I work for fought tooth and nail until the introduction of "lockdown light" to keep us in the office. And then in the last week of October I was a 1st-degree contact person and had to get tested as well as quarantined for 14 days anyway. Even though I did not have covid, the stress of maybe having covid, getting in touch with the right authorities, and worrying about the nicest possible way to ask our landlord to buy groceries was enough to make me feel sick. By the time I got back to the office last week their tune regarding home office had changed a bit, but it's all been rather "not ideal".

But that is not what we're here to discuss! Rather, I have some good news, which is that a preliminary cover for my work in progress, Die Pest in Sachsen, was selected as a top-12 winner of the Kommunikationsverband Bremen's Battle of Print 2020! Hurrah!

The competition asked for cover design sketches, which I think is a pretty cool idea. (Note: if the demand had been for a fully finished piece, I probably would not have been able to finish it in time.) To keep with the prompt, I kept this A3-sized piece on the sketchier side with rough pencil lines on off-white paper.

No announcement yet as to the 1st place winner, but I'm not really getting my hopes up. I think I've designed what will ultimately look like a good cover of a 19th century historical novel, but not necessarily a graphic novel. The design is, as is my tendency, a good "splash page", single panel illustration, but it lacks the dynamism one usually associates with sequential art. Should my realism turn out to be pessimism and I have made it into the shorter shortlist, I will certainly provide an update here!

In the meantime, here is a glimpse of the cover design!

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