I considered themes that my cover design could cover ('under the sea', 'adventure', 'dinosaurs')but i wanted something that was more universal, especially considering that the magazine is unisex. I wanted to create an image that encompassed what it is to be a child - the things that they enjoy, how they play. When kids play they are acting out what they would want to do if they were adults. So they play the hero, or exaggerate the villain; and the more real these things can be, the more independent you can be in your play-world, the more thrilling it is. And the obvious thing, to me, that every kid wants to make these games even better.. was a tree house!
This is my first sketch.