Book cover for the forthcoming novel by celebrated author Akwaeke Emezi. The protagonist named Jam (pictured) of this YA novel lives in a utopian future Nigerian town where things are not exactly as they seem. I drew the hand drawn type in the cover as well, and the feathers inside represent the mysterious character/creature Pet. The buildings are inspired by brutalist architecture--a style which had utopian aspirations--and Jam's PJs sport a pattern representing portals which are subtly referenced in the story. The color scheme references infrared imagery which evokes the idea of hunting, which is what Pet is here to do.
Client: Random House / Make Me a World
AD: Angela Carlino