The Rejected Quarterly is a small literary magazine sold at universities along the westcoast of the United States. It specialises on good fiction rejected by publishers at least five times. I was asked to design a cover for the edition of winter/spring 2004, with a Tolkien- (and rejection-) related theme. The cover is 8,5x11'', or 21,6x28cm.
|Since I was allowed to chose a Tolkien-related scene for the cover-illustration, I tried to find one that touches upon the theme of rejection. This sketch shows a scene from "Lord of the Rings", where Denethor quarrels with his unfavoured son, Faramir.|
Another scene from "Lord of the Rings", this time featuring Faramir and the two hobbits Frodo and Sam. During their conversation, Faramir surmises that Frodo carries a dangerous weapon that might bring advantage in the war, but wisely rejects the desire to use it.
The respective quote from the novel can be found here.
|The watercolour-version of the cover.|
|The finished cover including the text. The typeface is Garamond.|