When I’m designing covers I often go through several drawings and several color models. A lot of this rough art never sees the light of day. Like this reject art for The Temptation of John Haynes.
I really liked the story in this picture. I thought E’steem baring her fangs would show how much of a predator she was. However, when I got to the rough coloring stage on the test picture I didn’t like the way E’steem’s mouth looked. It just didn’t look natural to me. So I wound up scrapping this piece before I went to final color models and photoshopping and using the closed mouth art instead.