1: Look beyond the climax

[For illustrations based directly on another narrative, such as a newspaper article or book cover,] sometimes one is inclined to illustrate the defining moment of the story or of the main character – depicting the climax for more drama and effectiveness.

Recently I have tried to pick out the underlying subtleties throughout the narrative, and explore them in the final illustration. I typically decide on a quiet scene, including symbols and details that are important to the narrative as a whole. 

2: See from another perspective

It is important to challenge yourself with different perspective, scale and how your subjects interact with one another. When sketching I produce at least three different roughs that I make into more developed sketches. I then decide on a final composition.

Andrea Rossi  (USA)