This is the first half of the alternate fan-cover I'm doing for the Hork-Bajir Chronicles. If this were printed on a book jacket, this would be the back of the book. This is Aldrea, as she is running/skidding down an embankment to check on her family, who she fears is in danger, hence her expression. Next, I'll be working on Dak Hamee for the front. It never made 100% sense to me to have the cover of the Hork-Bajir Chronicles feature an Andalite, so that's part of the reason I made this alternate cover.
I changed some of the intrinsic Andalite features, namely her nose. I never really liked the vertical arrangement of the nose as it was depicted on the covers. I studied cow, horse and other ungulate noses to get a better, more natural, yet still alien look to the nose. As a nod toward the book descriptions of the Andalite nose, I made a dark vertical marking, similar to the cleft below the nose of a dog or cat.
The Hork-Bajir homeworld is surrounded with gigantic trees hundreds of feet tall. They emerge from deep valleys cracked in the planet's surface and grow high into the atmosphere. I tried to make these trees large and imposing, but we may just have to imagine these trees as saplings compared to the really giant ones.
Hopefully you like what I've done so far, keep your eyes peeled for the next update!