It looks kind cool and haunting here, but I wanted the final piece to look like it was hand sketched in black ink, like a band member had done it on the road, lounging in the bus between gigs. I used the sketch filter of Photoshop to find just the right brush length and contrast. Once I found that balance I signed it, textured the signature, and was done.
I wanted to achieve a few things with this cover, besides keeping the pages together, 1. It had to draw a viewer's attention. 2. It had to have some class & a professional look (too many self-published books look like amateur shit). 3. It had to have a 'retro' feel, so as to harken back a few decades to the era of the real Beat Generation (Allen Ginsberg & Jack Kerouac, not Bongo Buddy & the Beatniks)
1. Don't face directly at your prey, avoiding obvious eye contact. 2. Don't walk directly at your target, moving in at a variety of angles, so as to look casual and unconcerned.