I've been struggling with this cover for months now...mostly in brainstorming, I couldn't come up with an idea that matched what I wanted.
See, I still love the cover of Volume 1 (don't bother looking in my gallery, I never posted it). Sure, it's not technically that well done, but I love the image, it's simple, it's striking, and it conveys a lot. So a large part of the problem in designing this image was in trying to top that image. There's a lot that happens in volume 2, and I wanted to represent that, but whenever I considered making a more typical comic cover with lots of characters and action and maybe some big heads floating in the background, I thought back to volume 1's cover and realized what I really needed was something like that, something more simple...but I couldn't exactly just repeat it, could I?
Add that to the fact that I wanted to make sure that I included Jaith and Tai - since Volume 2 makes them into main characters rather than the side characters they started out as - and you can see my problem.
So this...was the best I could do.
I'm not entirely pleased with it, I don't think it's nearly as strong as the cover to volume 1, but I can't think of anything better, so this is what we're going with.
If the colors look a little wonky, that's because it's a CMYK file, made for print, and doesn't convert well into RGB for online posting. I might mess with the colors a bit before it goes to print anyway - since that won't be for a while - likely to make the carvings pop a little better, but I wanted to get this posted today to coincide with the chapter cover being posted, so I rushed it a bit.
Volume 2! Coming...whenever I get the time.