Mark needed a redesign for the first edition of his fiction book, Tao Shaman, the Way of the Wise Man. His book is a long narrative poem. And so he requested a creative and aesthetic design.
For the first edition, Mark used the picture of a woman gazing upon a deep green forest. The scene corresponded to a line in the poem. However, since the basis of his book was a trip to Latin America, I chose to emphasize the metaphoric meaning of his life-changing experience.
When I started the design, my mind was set on finding a great lavish Costa Rican landscape. But I wasn’t happy with the ready-made images I found. Most of them looked too commercial while my intention was to create a more inspirational scene. That’s why I preferred combining multiple images to create a better balance between reality and spirituality. I added a subtle color mist for a lavish surreal feeling that the cover needed. In contrast, the green forest and the stark road conveyed the reality of the traveling experience. For the back cover, I used the actual visas from Mark’s scanned passport. They were perfect to add the personal touch to the book jacket.
Mark’s project was a total delight from start to finish. He embraced the project with an open mind. So he teamed up with me to get the perfect cover for his book.