PLaying With Lions book cover design

i loved the turquoise type and bar but the font was not working at all.

the top image is the final cover and i've also posted a few of the covers i did to get there as well as a few covers i found inspiring. turned out all of them but the alice hoffman book were by the same designer - philip pascuzzo. love his work. this was a great and fairly unusual project in that instead of being hired by the publisher and working with an art director, the author herself hired me. her small publisher gave her complete control of her cover. this could have been a nightmare, working with the person who is most attached to how the cover looks, but it was great! a real pleasure.