This is a cover for Melange Books.
For this cover, the author had already received permission to use a silhouette image from the National Cutting Horse Association, so I used that as my starting point before creating the rest of the cover. In this case, I put more emphasis on the title and surroundings (while I initially had a stable in the background, I switched the image to an arena per the suggestion of the author). Since the book was meant for younger readers, I looked for a font that had a more kids-y feel while still relating to the story.
This is the end result:
Silhouette image used with permission from National Cutting Horse Association.
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