Randel gave us a fun exercise in his 30 Days of Collage course; creating a cover for a book with a set title. The title: When Two Worlds Collide. I thought I'd take you through my thought process for creating this collage.
When I was first thinking about this theme I started randomly looking through images I'd already had cut out to see what caught my eye. I came across the bottom photo first. I'd used the top portion at some point and was left with sneakers under a wedding dress, already cut at an angle.
Once I had the first image, I quickly brainstormed what kind of image(s) I wanted to pair with it. Maybe an upper body to match with the picture; something in the same scale, perhaps a woman in a completely opposite outfit. Or maybe something that would contrast with a wedding -- a different environment, motherhood, construction, animals... you get the picture.
Then I found this skeleton image in a magazine. Interesting, but not really what I had initially in my mind. Still, I put it to the side and continued to look. But the more I looked the more I liked the skeleton.
Lastly, it was on to create a background. I wanted a lighter background behind the skeleton, so that image would stand out and be the focal point of the collage. But something that would also add to the meaning. Why a skeleton? Maybe it's a murder mystery. Perhaps the girl in the bottom is missing .... and a skeleton is found out of the blue..... But the two have to be connected somehow..... All of which made me think of maps. Finding lost things or missing people.
To anchor the title, I used Photoshop to add a dark gray band to the bottom for the title.