For my artistic inspiration, I looked to the incredible Marshall Arisman. http://marshallarisman.com/ The magazine cover format emulated is Midnight Marquee ( example). Note- I am in no way selling or distributing this project as an actual Midnight Marquee cover.
Many of Cronenberg's movies deal with bodily transformations (The Fly, Videodrome, Dead Ringers, etc.) Arisman's work also deals with transformative experiences, though in different, sometimes spiritual ways. I thought it would be interesting to bridge some of the feel from both artists.
More about what I used at my facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/eholtillustration/posts/1051580761561486