Though it was painful to do so, I started over from scratch and re-colored the entire cover digitally. Here are the results, which I am much more happy with:
At my publisher's request, I shrunk the title a bit, because this book is going to be big. I also made the inner rings of the title brown to help the overall shape pop a bunch more. I also went back to my original sketch idea and dropped the monster down to a full silhouette.
Little things still may change here or there, but at this point, I'm sick of talking about it! Hopefully it was useful for people to see this entire process from start to finish. If anyone would like to read Basewood, it is still available in minicomic form on my website.
Next week it's back to the 100 Watercolors challenge!