The brief for this illustration was to create a book cover for A Flower Blooming in the Dark. The book is put out by 826Chi. Here is the description on their site:
A Flower Blooming in the Dark asks readers to reconsider the negative narrative that is often imposed on Chicago. The memoirs and poems in this book offer a glimpse of Chicago as it should be seen: a complicated, big, beautiful, messy, frustrating, wonderful city. From the magic of first love to the uncertainty of failure, from a neighborhood game of Hide and Seek to the top floor of the John Hancock Building, follow along as these 100 teens provide readers with an education in living in and representing their city.
The book can be purchased here.