Book Cover (night)

  • Status: Closed
  • Prize: $30
  • Entries Received: 65
  • Winner: mobyartist2

Contest Brief

Greetings,

I came up with a short novel that I have yet to start writing, so I'm also thinking of a possible title; "night" is a possible keyword that will lead to it probably. I need a catching cover since the book will be released on Kindle and people must be encouraged to click the thumbnail to read what the book is about.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
The story is a psychological thriller with horror shades, I was inspired to it just recently so I have yet to define characters names and such. If i have to name other works that "taste" of the flavour i wish to transfer to my book you can refer to "the shout of munch" and "the machinist" movie (el maquinista) or also "number 23" movie.

ABOUT THE PLOT:
During a night walk, the main character (later V.) see something weird, he noticed a man stepping in the shadow of a building and vanish to only reappear outside the shadow; while inside it the man was invisible. After this event V. started to have night horror experiences, initially only during sleep or sleep time, then more often during daytime. The man he saw is obsessing him and appearing in his deams as an horrible vampire. However V. reality is unwoven and confused, he will eventually end un baing unable to distinguish them. Here starts his hunt, who is really the man he saw? Why he is having such horrific experiences? Is the horror real or just a projection to represent something different?

Title: Notte (placeholder title, it might be changed later on text layer)
Author: Stefano Gandolfo

ABOUT THE CONTEST:
I will be accepting both inlustrations and concept art, I have set a medium time to allow me better define the book and add eventual details to the project. I'll also accept black&white or colored covers; since it is not yet a defined book I'm not yet sure of what I would my cover looks like, so help me! :)

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  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    Greetings artists, sorry for the long-waiting, I also had some troubles with PC to fix.

    it wasnt an easy choice but we have considered #57 to be rightful winner for this contest, we also had to step back to our former title "Notte" as since "il buio dentro" is the title of a different somwhat recent book, so for better clarity we eventually considered the former alternative as final choice for the book.

    I want to clarify that I am aware that the title could could easily be changed, for instance if we had opted for the second title #61 would have won instead. I finally opted with the actual winner for originality of the concept, final cover is somehow more "catching" for the possible buyer also in thumbnail size.

    exactly I was particularly interested in #26 and #58 pls a few others, I'mno artist so I can just judge on overall impression a possible customer may have in watching a cover respect another, I'm not determining art-quality at all with this project.

    • 2 years ago
    1. archestry
      archestry
      • 2 years ago

      Honestly i think mobys work is not so good. It has to be scary story but pink color and funky dude in hat dose not work in this scenario. Also you were so critical for the meaning of the illustration, but all of the sudden you just chose more catchy cover. What hand on the background is means? Why dude has zero emotions on his face? But that is just my opinion. Best regards.

      • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    Greetings, this monday we will name a winner, thank you for your patience.

    • 2 years ago
    1. archestry
      archestry
      • 2 years ago

      Great!

      • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    Contest ending soon, thank you all for partecipation!

    There is left little time for modifications of sort; as the contest expires I'll promote a survey and collect feedback about published works, then name one winner; it wont be easy as I see a few possible candidates, however there will be only one winner at last.

    • 2 years ago
  • archestry
    archestry
    • 2 years ago

    Hello i have made a new entry its #62

    • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    #57 please correct the title of the book accordingly
    #58 its well done but im not sure, it looks somewhat comic
    #59 improved, seems its going well, waiting for the final version

    • 2 years ago
    1. archestry
      archestry
      • 2 years ago

      I can rework it a little. Do you want it to be more serious?

      • 2 years ago
    2. archestry
      archestry
      • 2 years ago

      Comic look is coming from the colors and man face, i can make it somehow more realistic.

      • 2 years ago
  • Zhoana
    Zhoana
    • 2 years ago

    #59

    This is the ideia coming abit more to life some details still need work, now it's just about the contrast and lights.
    You mention the lines look "too happy" would you like the overall image darker? lighter?
    I was going to add the shadow men walking into the shadow of that balcony. Main character probably a bit behind watching.

    Since it's your story tell me what you think? Does it match what your looking for?

    • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    #56 and #57 I have left you a private message, please check it out and confirm you can read it as sometimes it disappear.

    • 2 years ago
    1. archestry
      archestry
      • 2 years ago

      I have read it. Thanks.

      • 2 years ago
  • MajdGH
    MajdGH
    • 2 years ago

    Please check #53 #54 #55 , basically the same idea but differences in the background.
    The idea is an undefined entity representing paranoia or maybe the fear in the heart of the main character.
    Also , it has the shape of a vampire/monster as you described in Brief and it has the eyes of a dragonfly as this could make it really very scary and it would see a lot more (in the mind of the reader who connects his imagination with this cover) the soul of "the machinist" artwork as i am a very big fan of that artwork.
    I don't know if your book has anything to do with the diabolic ideas so we can erase the satanic star on the monster's head if it was not needed.
    I hope you like it and the background can be changed as desired...i gave you (Full darkness-Empty street-Painted wall)

    • 2 years ago
    1. MajdGH
      MajdGH
      • 2 years ago

      Don't worry it is ok , i understand all that and i just misunderstood the idea of the book.

      • 2 years ago
    2. mobyartist2
      mobyartist2
      • 2 years ago

      Hi.... Please reviw my design #57

      Thanks and Best Regards,
      mobyartist

      • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: I see that private comments are often not working properly, I'll leave my opinion here publicly then.

    #48 very interesting idea, i wont say anything and let you develop it your own
    #52 cool concept and location, please describe your image, why white man is flat?
    #50 improvement respect previous image, the red-death is however not relevant for this story.
    #49 unfinished and "empty" art, concept is not properly developed, death is not relevant
    #51 image not relevant, where did you take the woman face and profile? Please explain

    • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    #46 quattro stelle temporanee, ci voglio pensare su, anche per questo ti ho lasciato un messaggio privato

    • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    #47 so che il disegno in se merita più di 3 stelle, leggi il messaggio privato relativo.

    • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    #45 too many not related elements, the castle, hodded fidure, the scythe.

    IMPORTANT: dear artists, please explain your artwork when submitting it, explain your interpretation!

    • 2 years ago
  • umby
    umby
    • 2 years ago

    #46 #47

    • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    dear artists, please consider this when you come to design your interpretation: the horror the main character experience is just a way to manifest something hidden within him, something he did, a sin he is unable to admit to himself in first. Also consider the phychological aspect of the novel, as it is more relevant respect real horro presence in the cover.

    Tonight I'll make some pictures of the current environment, where the story takes place.

    • 2 years ago
    1. elnath1978
      Contest Holder
      • 2 years ago

      hello, sent you a private message, have you read it?

      • 2 years ago
    2. MrGuder
      MrGuder
      • 2 years ago

      Looking for il Buio. Ma fuori. :) https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Tempio+Malatestiano,+Via+Quattro+novembre,+Rimini,+RN,+Italia&hl=it&ll=44.059747,12.569827&spn=0.000732,0.001124&sll=44.824708,12.86499&sspn=2.929877,4.603271&oq=Tempio+Malatestiano+Italia&hq=Tempio+Malatestiano,&hnear=Via+Quattro+novembre,+Rimini,+Italia&t=m&z=19&layer=c&cbll=44.059817,12.569763&panoid=WI46qrA6OUJmm2MVzNtcww&cbp=12,105.38,,0,-10.6

      • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    #44 image comes from "Killer is Dead" videogame for PS3, also biotico/robotic arm is totally unrelevant.

    author has been reported and banned from contest.

    • 2 years ago
    1. umby
      umby
      • 2 years ago

      Incredibile, senza dignità! ...domani o al massimo dopo domani dovrei riuscire a postarti un'altra copertina..sto portando avanti anche altre cose

      • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    #41 left you a private notice

    • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    #42 and #43 there is too much blood/gore and man looks nearly happy more than worried to me.

    • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    #40 very interesting concept art (hand picture) I have left you a private note in regards, please check it out

    • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    #39 please post only front cover, quote source for photo used and do not recycle other books covers or barcodes

    • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    #38 photo seems taken from some game/movie, face has some sign of corruption. The overall idea may be good but the shadow figure is a little too reductive, simplistic and somewhat inaccurate.

    ATTENTION: While using photo for your cover always specify where it comes from, or i'll be unable to accept it.

    • 2 years ago
    1. saniaarif21
      saniaarif21
      • 2 years ago

      Image source
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/masterofmadness/4541778430/
      http://wall.alphacoders.com/big.php?i=381552

      • 2 years ago
    2. elnath1978
      Contest Holder
      • 2 years ago

      thank you for clarification, if you want to improve your image please refer to my post below

      • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    EVALUATION PARAMETERS (stars per feature):
    1.5 stars for main character shaken expression, as in #15 and #26
    1.5 stars for monster disturbing presence, horror must be allusive, as in #33 and #26
    1.0 star for the environment, the background of the scene, as in #7, #30, #26 and #33
    1.0 star based on the interpretation of previous elements and image quality of the cover

    • 2 years ago
    1. elnath1978
      Contest Holder
      • 2 years ago

      * stars value is max score each feature will award, its not a switch but a 0.0 to X.X value range

      • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    #37 very nice idea dropping out of the cam the monster hairs, monster looks more like a cat/wolf, this time 2nd image looks better than just pencil, also cool location and interpretation of character job, we have lost the "disturbed" position of previous picture

    • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    #36 again watermark, not needed descriptive text, however funny interpretation but would be good for humor

    • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    #35 there is a watermark and bottom descriptive text, where is teh photo from?

    • 2 years ago
  • umby
    umby
    • 2 years ago

    #37 trovi anche altre due versioni della copertina

    • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    BOOK LOCATIONS:

    I was unable to take self made photo due to cold and weather conditions, so I have searched the web for a few relevant locations, I will eventually be able to take my own I'll publishe them here later. I'll be splitting the message ad charachers are limited to 1000:

    • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    http://www.abcvacanze.it/le-chiese-di-rimini/chiesa-dei-paolotti-rimini.jpg
    one church, there V. firstly meets the monster, the little chapel at night project a shadow in diagonal, there the monster "vanished" to reappear outside of the shadow, most of the locations were visited during night times.

    http://www.abcvacanze.it/rimini/immagine2.jpg
    One of main town square, tents and carousel are not stable, behind the carousel you can see the chapel of the previous image

    • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/11/Tempio_Malatestiano_Rimini.jpg
    town cathedral, there V. see the monster walking on its front wall like a reptile, as a geko yould do

    http://www.fotoeweb.it/rimini/FotoRimini/Rimini%20Castello%20Malatestiano%20ingresso.jpg
    town castle, another location, at night time and full size looks better, could not find proper photo

    • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    http://static.riviera.rimini.it/tl_files/gallerie/pop/arco-augusto2.tif.jpg
    August arch, generally it is seen from the other side but could not find a better image

    http://www2.stile.it/fnts/stile/immagini/resized/r/i/rimini-ponte-romano-di-notte_49866276_650x365.jpg
    Tiberio town bridge, the arch is at the very end of the street, it is somewhat long and will cross the square above

    • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    #34 please remember the thunbnail size, as this is what the customers will see while browsing on Kindle store.

    • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    #33 concept is good but the sleeping figure seems a little too young to be a man, thoughts?

    • 2 years ago
    1. elnath1978
      Contest Holder
      • 2 years ago

      perhaps text is a little to dark and doesnt stand above such gray, I would use a brighter red or a different color

      • 2 years ago
    2. archestry
      archestry
      • 2 years ago

      Ok i have read your your privat message and got all your points thank you.

      • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    #32 it seems a photo scraped by other media, can you please confirm its source?

    • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    * * * ATTENTION: Definitive Title: Il Buio Dentro * * *
    This will be the definitive title, so please use it on text layer, it wont be changed, so use it with confidence. thank you.

    ABOUT STARS RATING:
    * * * * art is very relevant with the book and also has a good drawing
    * * * art is somewhat relevant, but might be improved to make it more pertinent
    * * some elements of the cover are too different respect the book style

    • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    #22 is again copyrighted image: http://www.joabhomearts.com/show.php?por_id=5615

    • 2 years ago
  • elnath1978
    Contest Holder
    • 2 years ago

    #4 and #5 are also copyrighted images: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18377563-a-warm-breath-kindle-single

    • 2 years ago

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