Queen Solomon

book cover design
Publisher: Coach House Books
Author: Tamara Faith Berger
This is my third cover for Tamara Faith Berger’s work, and as in the past, I gravitated toward using paper for imagery. In this coming-of-age novel, the main character uses an xacto knife during sadistic play. I fiddled around with a few visual scenarios using knives, and nothing quite worked – but when I sliced a piece of paper down the centre, it happened to warp on one side and showed me this shadow – suggestive of a Q, but also of a breast (or whatever you want it to be, really).