1 - initial sketch based on thumbnail.
2 - seems too simple and plain.
3 - colours are more traditionally 'turkey' but the white outline didn't work.
4 - playing w aa paint texture, like how it looks towards the bottom of the cover but not the top.
5 - fixed the issue of the title getting lost in the top but don't like it at all.
6 - textured line work but keeping it minimal with not much colour, also added speech bubbles to fill blank space at top.
7 - going in with more colour, adding white lines to fill space to avoid the issues I had in design 2.
8 - some colour added, with some blank white space for balance, I like this but worry it looks unfinished. Added gradient to avoid the coloured sections being boring.
9 - playing with gradient all over, don't like it.
10/11 - playing w textured lines on black, reminds me of a chalkboard (link to academic uses) however face looks scary.
12 - coming back to the paint texture with improved linework, still don't like.
13 - playing w a rainbow colour theme, I really like it, especially with the navy linework but is it too feminine?
14 - Tried a brighter palette, I like the separation between the title and author now. Also added speech bubble back in but I think this design is more compositionally strong.
15 - Used palette inspired by Jamaica, happy with the composition.