- First Years: #1 - Silhouette (40 pts) #2 - Fire (20 pts) #3 - Skullz (16 pts)
- Seniors: #1 - Silhouette (34 pts) #2 - TIE! Fire/Skullz (15 pts ea.) #3 - Snow (10 pts)
It was pretty cool seeing how both classes had pretty much the same opinions. Each voting session was also accompanied by a lively debate about the various merits of each design. Again, as a self-publisher I have only ever been concerned with creating what I think is the best image for a book, so it was interesting to discuss things like marketing concerns. For instance, some of my female students pointed out that if I put Caren on the cover, more women would be likely to buy the book.
It was great getting all of this detailed feedback, but at the end of the day, the opinion that mattered most was that of my publisher, L'employé du Moi. I sent them the same voting sheet and they selected the four covers they liked the most:
- Cliff, Silhouette, Fire, Snow
Again, it felt great that their picks were in line with the student choices. This gave me confidence that no matter which design I picked from these four, it would make a successful cover image. I was asked to make a few tweaks to the compositions, so I did one last round of sketches based on the four selections:
Next week I'll finally reveal the "chosen" design and then I'll start showing my process for making the finished art.