As you’ll notice, I’ve kind of created my book cover (both front and back). Well, more like sketched it. What you’ll see are two original drawings. I need you to “improve” these two drawings, make them look eye catching but keeping at the same time the original concept I’m providing (The Face on the front cover and the Huge Platform on the back). I’m looking for an artist that can unleash the power of these drawings, make them as compelling and engaging as possible.
We all know what a Sci-Fi book "should" look like, right? Aliens, robots, starts and starships going around on a black or dark background. Sometimes the main character would stand in realistically rendered environments.
I want something different for my book; somehow the opposite. A simple but original concept. In other words, a particular cover with the feel of Sci-Fi but with a look that would make it stick out from the shelf.
What you’ll see in the first file I provide you is the very basic book cover. Essentially, it is a “suggestion” with what I have in mind. I would like you to take these two simple drawings and make them impossible to ignore.
Except for the few guidelines I’ll provide here, the way you do the magic is up to you.
Please remember. The background of the book should be all white.
I’ll also attach the original two drawings, so that you can use them as you see fit.
THE FRONT COVER:
As you’ll see the front cover is very simple and neat. It contains the main character’s face and part of the neck and a necklace, the title of the book (Onniologo) and my name (Michele Amitrani) on a white background . That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less.
I would like you guys to concentrate your attention on that face because it’s there that the power of the cover will be unleashed. You’ll have to take that simple drawing and turn it into something really eye catching. In doing so, you’ve total freedom of choice. Do keep in mind, though, that I’d like the necklace’s symbol (the “Infinite”) to stand out somehow, because it’s important for the story. The symbol, as you’ll see in the image, has a silver color.
That being said, I’ve attached some pictures from the Internet that could help you understand better what I’m looking for. FYI the character displayed has both Caucasian and Asian traits, black hair and amber eyes (although this might be of secondary importance if you decide to give the face a completely different concept. Look for the attachment and you’ll get an idea of what I’m talking about).
As artists, please feel free to take all the creative liberties you want. I’m looking forward to see what you came up with!
Now, let’s talk about the title’s font. The one I provided is just an example, nothing more. The font should be something that looks good both in small and big size. Please be sure to use only fonts you’re legally entitled to use and, more broadly, don’t use elements that may require me to pay a license fee. If you are using elements of any sort that carry license fee, please be sure to read out 99Designs FAQs about this subject. Thanks.
THE BACK COVER:
The back cover shows a huge platform in the middle of the ocean. It features a very distinctive structure: a tower surrounding a tall pillar that never ends.
The back cover should look like a shadow or a fading thought but with a clear, distinctive shape. The drawing is just a sketch, so feel free to complete change it, but the tower with the pillar is a constant and must remain.
I’m thinking to keep the back cover simple and neat, like black on white (remember, the book cover background is white). However, I’m open to suggestions. If you have a different concept in mind, by all means try it!
For the back cover as well as for the front cover, I’ve provided some examples to show you what I’m looking for.
# The Book Description/Summary on the back cover (ITA) #
Con la partenza dello Space Shuttle Atlantis, si conclude un’era.
Il pubblico segue la scia di luce che domina Cape Canaveral, ma solo uno di loro sarà colpito da una rivelazione.
Wei ha cinque anni quando assiste al decollo. È un bambino diverso dagli altri. Una mente al tempo stesso solitaria e ribelle, riflessiva e brillante. Sono queste caratteristiche a fargli capire il messaggio che sfugge agli altri.
L’umanità è giunta a un punto morto, un angolo della storia che non lascia via di scampo e la partenza dell’Atlantis ne è una prova concreta.
Questa consapevolezza non abbandonerà mai Wei, che deciderà di imbarcarsi in un viaggio pericoloso, utilizzando le sue abilità per realizzare un progetto titanico in grado d’invertire questa tendenza. La sua ricerca durerà decenni, mentre raduna le risorse e le persone necessarie per concretizzare la sua visione.
Tra macchinazioni e complotti, la natura del suo progetto sarà lentamente rivelata assieme alla forza senza nome che minaccerà di distruggere tutto quello per cui ha lottato.