Book cover - Front and back - Spear - Book One - A Spear in Flight - 3rd try

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Project Description:
I am looking for an artist that can take direction, follow instructions on what is needed and supply it.

I need to have someone create the cover art (front and back) for my latest book. You will need to draw this cover and it must not look like a cartoon. You will need to supply a copy of the artwork in several sizes.

1 - 6 X 9 (12.24 X 22.86)
2 - 5 X 8 (12.7 X 20.32)

All must have a high resolution, minimal 2400 pixels wide and pass the LuLu image minimum resolution check for printing (it has the highest standards check). Each copy will include the actual cover art with no wording on it and cover art with wording. The title will be laid out similar to the artwork in previous works. The title of the series is called "Spear" The title of the book is "A Spear in Flight" and lower right corner of the front cover "By Douglas Owen". The wording is to be done in script, like the printing done by priests in years past.

How do you get the job? Supply a link to your past work so I can decide if I like the style. I am looking for a certain style for this book which is similar to my last two. (you can see the last two covers on my website http://www.daowen.ca under Rowlinson Inc)

I have the design already figured out. Front page will have in the background a man wearing a cloak and holding out a newborn child as if presenting it after it's birth. The man is to be in his mid 30's, strong, humble. His cloak will be white but show signs of being weathered and old. In the foreground will be three children, two boys and one girl. All will be wearing new cloaks of white and under them have leather jerkins as if it is armor. They will look like the character of Leonidas when he was thrown to the wild to survive, that type of strength is to be portrayed by the children on the cover, for they have been training in fighting for all their lives. The boy in the centre will be holding out the shaft of a spear in his two hands horizontal to the ground (all you will see is the shaft). The children will have their heads bent forward slightly with their eyes open and looking forward as if looking at the person looking at the cover. Behind all the characters should be something, but not just light, use artistic license on that.

The back will be a perspective as if looking over the shoulder of a giant and the three children will have spears in hand as if fending it off. The children will be dressed in a medieval type leather pants and sandals with a jerkin type shirt. The children will be approximately 8-10.

I will not accept work that deviates from the described layout, nor will I accept a cartoon image or stock artwork. This project is for original artwork only. If you do not have the ability to draw then please do not bid on this project. I do not want someone to put together a fast project that does not look good, I want you to take your time and do it right even if extensions in time are needed.

During the project creation I request you to post the work so far every day. I would actually want to see it every day so I can see that it is progressing as I have instructed. This is a mandatory for this project, you must post the updates daily. In this way I can see it coming along properly and without deviation to the described cover.

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Skills required:
Arts & Crafts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Illustrator, Photoshop
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