The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things was a required read for a class I was in.  The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things is a tough read. It's a book about a kid named Jeremiah who is unsure about who he is and where he fits in the world as he grows up. The book follows Jeremiah as he is shuffled between foster homes, his actual mom, and his mother's parents; enduring a seemingly never ending string of abuse throughout his childhood and into his early teens. 
Due to all of this neglect and abuse Jeremiah is not able to form an identity of his own. This is something he deeply struggles with, especially at the end. 
In creating a cover for the book, I focused on making a design which conveys the chaos, loneliness, and sadness that Jeremiah experiences both in his head and in the world he lives in.    
I decided to utilize ambiguity in the final cover; it's hard to decipher, purposefully obscured. It's reflective of Jeremiah's experiences - chaotic, trapped, longing. I decided on a solid yellow background for the associations with the color. Jeremiah's experiences, emotions, and ordeals are intense, and I wanted to bring that energy and intensity to the design alongside the chaotic lines.
Below is a quick progression from the beginning of the solution I chose to its refined version in the final cover.

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