I would like the cover to have a slight, dark brown boarder resembling an ancient, tattered book (the Mirkwood example below is pretty close to what I'm looking for). Cracked, frayed, maybe even slightly peeling. Overall, a boarder that reflects the abandonment heavily described in my novel. I'd like it to meld into a main mage placed within the center of the cover. The main image should be of a man bound in an orange, patched together suit of alien flesh (in the book the suits are full-body and made from special shark flesh, which is resilient to the many pollutants lingering across the land. They are not perfect in appearance and should be dirty and scuffed from heavy use)
***I will also consider the above without a boarder, as well as any other interpretations outside of my exact specifications. If you blow me away with something completely different than my descriptions, I will definitely consider your work.***
Regarding the main, teenaged male character to be featured on the cover, he can be either centered or off to the side, but I need him standing before a vast, desert wasteland with a metal pole in hand (in the book the poles are an important prop used to cleanse contaminated soil). If possible, I would also like either a burgundy or purple storm cloud rising in the distance (yet another important element in the book in which elemental clouds designed to destroy and pollute different regions roam the land).
I also would be willing to consider a simplistic cover approach such as the image below which utilizes silhouette only. I'm a big fan of works similar to this example and I would love to consider your interpretation.
**The only style I do not particularly like, but will definitely consider, is the use of actual photos of people incorporated into the design via Photoshop. I know this is enormously popular now, but I still prefer more organic, pen-and-paper style if at all possible. Again, if you excel at this style and feel you can really blow me away, I will definitely consider your work.
The sample images below are right on par with what I'm looking for, but don't let that hold you back. Show me your best work and perhaps we can work together. Good luck and thanks for participating!