kyren.bateman got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Harsh-Fantasy book cover. Scarred. Bleeding. Determined.
Check out kyren.bateman's Book cover contest…
Fear the Cold
Writer. Gamer. Dungeon Master.
Two young warriors vow to protect their village. In secret, Triston swears to the clan chief’s daughter that he will protect her above all others. A rival chief descends on their village, and in the chaos of battle, Triston abandons his friends. Step-by-step, this novel follows the boy who ran, the boy fought, and the girl they left behind.
Primary market is young and new adult (15-30).
This is book one in a long series which will have vastly different cover designs, therefore, the font (particularly the subtitle font) will be the main identifying feature between books. Aim for something strong but simple. This story is Arthurian in nature, set in a deep winter. It is not "grim-dark" fantasy, it is "harsh fantasy": our characters undertake gallant quests, but pay a price for their success; blood, trauma, and scars. The trope we play on is a "save the princess" story. Our trio of characters aspire to the brave Lancelot, or pure Gwenivere legend, but suffer personal defects (arrogance, fear, envy, hate), which fit them all into an anti-hero / anti-heroine mold.
What to avoid
Avoid use of obvious stock imagery. Avoid typical "high fantasy" set dressings: such as knights in plate armour, maidens in royal dresses, or high castles. Our characters exist in a dark age, the armour would be scale mail, the "maiden's dress" would be simple with a single embellishment, and the castle would be an eating hall made of stone.
$709 Gold package
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at $399.
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their book cover.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
kyren.bateman collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
When design entries come in, you can rate them so designers know what you’re looking for in your logo design.
99designs has great collaboration tools so you can pinpoint and capture your ideas
And then… they selected a winner!
My family and I needed a mural for our business establishment that was clean and simple. Gave him a couple of references and he was able to bring everything to life. Vesper absolutely knocked it out of the park. I'm looking forward to working on the next project with him. I highly recommend him!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
We think contests are a super fun way to get design.
Recently completed contests:
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