In the end, I decided to combine everything together under the umbrella of performance arts, the gold catalysis and one starting material as the circus and the interesting 6-membered reaction partner as the ballet. The result is the mixing of the two arts (the Harlequin is dancing with ballerinas now) and the formation of something interesting for both ballet and circus lovers.
As I like painting and drawing, I always do my cover designs the old-fashioned way: on paper and touch it up digitally afterward.
My very first sketch (see below), was a quick drawing with the aim of conveying the general concept to the research authors and formed the basis of further discussion with them. As you can see, in this case the authors wanted to highlight gold further, and therefore in the final version one of the Harlequins is on the golden ball. It is not very stable position for a person and I think it reflects activation of triple bond with gold catalyst perfectly.
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Zeng et al, Chem. Commun., 2017, DOI: 10.1039/C7CC00789B
This image appears on the front cover of Chemical Communications, 2017, Issue 31.