Roshar is a world rich with strange flora and fauna, and Brandon Sanderson's narrative features a diverse cast woven through multiple story threads, all complex and interesting. How to choose what to present on the cover for WORDS OF RADIANCE?
Fortunately, Irene Gallo and the editorial staff at Tor Books provided key scenes for me to consider.
Once ideas started to gel, I separated background from foreground and worked on each independently. I’m not convinced this is the best approach ordinarily, but for these books I think it works. Because of the importance of weather in The Stormlight Archive, it felt appropriate to build the storm first then construct the scene within it.