We've all been taught, excessively so, that our first idea is probably not our best. Nevertheless, when we observe someone else's art, we see iterations far from the first draft. We usually don't ever even have the opportunity to see the first draft, let alone the thoughts between the first and the last version.
While Drake's Certified Lover Boy album cover took the world by storm, inducing spinoff memes and endless chatter of the art's deeper meanings and purpose, what we didn't realize was that this final version was just that: one version.
That's all to say that this final design certainly wasn't the only design that Drake considered, although some might take the side that it does have the potential to have been the first draft.
Drake recently took to Instagram to showcase the other designs considered, with a wide range of aesthetics, mediums, subjects, and color palettes, and it's fair to say that there's always more going on behind the scenes than we often give credit for.
While Drake probably made the right choice in selecting the 12 pregnant women emojis (thanks to the meme spinoffs, of course), it's still compelling to ponder what the media and fans would have said or done if any of the alternatives were final design.
A few artists who created work for these alternate versions include Theo Skudra, Luis Mora, Milo Manara, and more. Check out the possibilities below.