Above are my finals for a competition brief to create a book cover for The Big Sleep which is a crime novel by Raymond Chandler. I based the designs on the noir style keeping the first two designs black and white.
I created the first cover using pastel and focused on the the main character of the story. The second design was created using silhouettes of key elements of the story and then placing them in gun chamber layout.
The next design focuses on the female lead whose character relates to pornography and seduction, giving the impression that she is being photographed is a seductive pose.
The last cover focuses again on the main character Philip Marlowe as I wanted to create a more detailed impression of the character.