I started with what I didn't want (caveat: I've actually seen these done so well, but they're just not right for my book):
*Girl in a fancy dress (although Avery could totally work a fancy dress, it's not what she would choose)
*Closeups of boy and girl faces (I specifically like to leave how a character looks up to the reader)
*Abstract paint splatters (I'm always, "what does that have to do with the story?" with these)
*Kickass girl in an anatomically impossible pose
So, that means I could either use a photo of the real-life castle that inspired the book, like this one (click on it to view it bigger):
I'd put the title scrawled across the ceiling like graffiti. Or, I could create something different altogether, using some artwork that still includes elements of the book without specific faces. So I came up with this:
I'm not entirely happy with the font, and will probably end up designing my own Celtic-inspired font, with dragon/bat wings coming off the C in Crow's Rest. Bonuses: this looks good in grayscale (like on an e-ink screen) and has a visual pun too (can you find it?).
And this is a really old one that I did
What do y'all think? Do you ever play around with artwork as another interpretation of your story?