Final cover for issue 4.
Once I'd switched her from the dress back to her regular garb, and removed the stars, the symbolic aspects didn't hold up anymore. Basically I wondered why the hell Neeve was holding a bowl? No clue. The symbolic context just wasn't there in the same kind of strength, and the picture stopped making sense to me. I really wanted to keep the mucha-influenced frames, and I could have kept working on it, added a background, etc, but there just wasn't enough time left before my printing deadline to get the art up to scratch prior to MoCCA.
I decided to reuse that symbolic piece I did for the flyer design you've seen elsewhere in this gallery. It sliced in very quickly, has the symbolic power and visual contrast I wanted.
I know I'll revisit the earlier round of design for this at some future time, but I'll wait to use it until all the symbolic elements in the Knights of the Shroud cosmology will make sense.Knights of the Shroud