Revised Boston Cover

Just returned from my final photo research trip to Boston. Here’s the latest cover concept. I’m trying to clean up the silhouettes to make everything read better. I strive for accuracy with the books but part of the illustration process is absorbing the research then, to some extent, turning away from it to let the illustration be its own thing.

The compositional struggle of the cover was that if you’re standing near the Paul Revere statue as Larry is, looking toward the Old North Church, Revere’s horse faces directly toward you, giving it a pretty weak silhouette.

But when I turned the horse sideways it all started to work. The profile gave me an opportunity to really commit to caricaturing the horse.

Is it wrong, or is it “a lie that tells the truth?” (Pablo Picasso)

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