Smear Short Story Cover Illustration

The following is a student project where I was tasked with creating a cover illustration for a short story. The story I chose was "SMEAR" by Brian Evenson; where an astronaut suddenly wakes up in their ship and is troubled by an unknown smear within their vision.

portrait of an astronaut bathed in orange and blue light fading away into space with a small spaceship in front of him. book cover mockup aligned into a grid containing the astronaut illustration simple book cover mockup shot of the astronaut illustration