Here are 3 pieces of work by the illustrator Ian Wright. It was suggested I look at his work as my Super 8 Cover is a lot like the style.
He takes hundreds of small objects and arranges them in a way that uses the colours/shades to resemble an image.
The first is made of buttons, and if looked at closely there is detail in each one. Something my image doesn’t have, because of my desire for the full image to be super detailed (and therefore, clear).
I didn’t put detail in the squares in the end. Instead, I just stuck with one solid base colour, because I made the squares too small- to give more clarity to the full image.
I’m not sure what the second is made of but it is a great example of a way suggested to me to improve my image. To break the image up more, it doesn’t matter if some of the detail is lost because ultimately it will make for a much more dynamic, yet unfinished, fell to the image.
Lastly, this image is a lot like what I want to achieve. Hendrix is made up of little coloured wheels but they are spread out in such a way that creates the impression of implosion.
It was helpful to look into Ian Wright’s work, as I now understand that an image doesn’t have to be spoon fed; sometimes, for the sake of aesthetics, making it less clear/obvious is the right way to go. And I shall apply that to my cover image and see where it takes me.