This past week I finally got to celebrate the release of The Second Day, a young adult novel by Lara Swanson. I had a great time illustrating this cover--such pretty subject matter! It was a pleasure to delve in with some delicate colors and organic shapes 'n linework. My sisters and I have a penchant for young adult novels, too.
You can learn more about The Second Day with a sampling from the story on Amazon, where you can also purchase it on Kindle. It will be released as a physical book, too, if that's more your thing.
Below are a few earlier color comps. The sketch phase is a lot more fun (not to mention a lot more helpful) when I approach the different elements of the illustration separately. For instance, color gets its own sketch phase, and only after several other phases have been resolved.