Beluga

Beluga is Rick Gavin’s absolutely hilarious follow-up to last year’s Ranchero.

I started to sketch and brainstorm, but I have no vision for this. We don’t want to show a person (which is what Beluga is referencing). A landscape alone doesn’t seem like it could convey the funny, quirky aspects of the book. We wondered if the title was problematic.

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Rick promptly replied. He did not see the title as being problematic to the cover art. He envisioned the cover as a large black tire, with the type BELUGA printed on the side of the tire, and a landscape in the background.

I’m gathering some preliminary images, just to sketch with. But looking at this I’m starting to worry. I just can’t see how a tire will carry the cover, and look interesting enough.

I’m trying to envision the title on the wheel. Will that be too confusing?

Clearly I need to do further exploration. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.