Book Cover for "Silicon Angel"

  • Status: Closed
  • Prize: $125
  • Entries Received: 49
  • Winner: freeland972

Contest Brief

This contest is for a book cover for a story called "Silicon Angel"
The story is about a computerize companion that is trying to comfort his dying friend up to and including the moment of death.

Final image should be at LEAST 2,560 pixels in height x 1,600 pixels in width but may be larger.
Height to Width ratio should be1.6:1 (For every 1,000 pixels in width, the image should be 1,600 pixels in height.)

The book cover must include the title of the book "Silicon Angel" and author: by Nicholas Chionilos
All fonts must be very clear, clean, and easy to read.

The image of the book cover will be of an angel (that looks clearly technological in some way) holding the body and cradling the head the man who died in a hospital.

The book cover must convey a "WOW!" factor. Looking at the cover must convey a sense of wonder, fascination, curiosity and sadness from the viewer.

Angel:
Male
Beautiful, gentle features
Looking down at the body in his hands
Loving, compassionate expression
Slight, sad smile (He's sad that his friend died, happy about the way he went)
Maybe a wing half covering the man like a blanket?

Angel most somehow evoke the idea of technology:
- Perhaps something like Circuit paths, printed circuit board design somewhere on angel?
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Colors like Dark green, light green, gold suggest circuit boards to me.
Blues convey idea of energy/electricity.
Silver and gold convey ideas of metal/machine

Here is one possible example of how technology might be integrated into the angel, here "Vision",from avengers.
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You might also consider a fusion of a metallic robotic angel with a very human face, with some sort of aura or
energy surrounding it. Little electrical discharges would not be out of place if done tastefully.

You might consider making parts of the robot/angel more out of energy/less physically substantial. Just a thought - Not required.

Face/body needs to somehow invoke the idea of machine/computer but have a lot of emotion.

Angel MUST convey a fascinating hybrid of electronic/technology + ethereal/divine/beauty. It should be mesmerizing to look at.

The dead man:
- Old Man
- Handsome
- Thin body (once powerful, now very thin because of disease)
- Peaceful expression on dead face, like sleeping but having a happy dream.
- Grey Beard
- Longish, unkept grey hair (or use best judgement for what will look good)

Here is a rough idea of the pose (but I want the visual focus to be the angel, not the dead body)
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Here are some Angel reference images:
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Here is an example of cool use of color and lighting that I like:
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Here are other interesting reference images:
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Other possible idea for angel:
Instead of making a completely, cybernetic angel/robot hybrid maybe consider making the angel look like it is in the process of materializing, so things farther away from the focus like the wings might look partly immaterial or made of energy/technology but things become more substantial/solid the closer you get to the body. The immaterial parts could be more glowing/ethereal, the transitional parts could have a tech feel , (perhaps some sort of circuit board feel), and the solid parts where you need expression would just be pure human.

Layered Photoshop file preferred.

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Public Clarification Board

  • ikhsannu
    ikhsannu
    • 1 month ago

    Sir, please check my entry #81 #82 #83 and I hope you like my work. Thank you so much

    • 1 month ago
  • ikhsannu
    ikhsannu
    • 1 month ago

    Sir, please check my entry #81 and I hope you like my work. Thank you so much

    • 1 month ago
  • mdrahad114
    mdrahad114
    • 1 month ago

    Please check #79 . I hope you may like it. Thank you

    • 1 month ago
  • abdelgawadelkar7
    abdelgawadelkar7
    • 1 month ago

    hi .. Please Check my entry #76 .. please let me know if you want any mods

    • 1 month ago
  • SumayaNaznin
    SumayaNaznin
    • 1 month ago

    Please check my entry #71

    • 1 month ago
  • Marcocamossi
    Marcocamossi
    • 1 month ago

    #67 detail angel cry and high definition

    • 1 month ago
  • Marcocamossi
    Marcocamossi
    • 1 month ago

    hello #66 my edit

    • 1 month ago
  • synesthetic5
    synesthetic5
    • 1 month ago

    Hi there! Is hand-drawn, semi-realistic style of illustration still within your criteria? I also plan on adding the color digitally. Please kindly let me know what you think.

    • 1 month ago
  • espaciom
    espaciom
    • 1 month ago

    #guaranteed

    • 1 month ago
    1. alphacat
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      This contest is now guaranteed, as you suggested. :)

      • 1 month ago
  • freelancerimrao1
    freelancerimrao1
    • 1 month ago

    Please Check my entry #54

    • 1 month ago
  • mubinnaim71
    mubinnaim71
    • 1 month ago

    wait until the end of time. I'll try one or two. Don't end the context.

    • 1 month ago
    1. alphacat
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      Hi Al, I plan to let the contest run to the end. Don't worry, you have time. Please make sure you read my requirements carefully. Lots of people are sending in beautiful entries that I can't use because they don't match the description of what I asked for. Good luck!

      • 1 month ago
  • kdradkov
    kdradkov
    • 1 month ago

    Hello. Is it ok to provide sketches or drafts first?

    • 1 month ago
    1. alphacat
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      Hi Kiril, you are welcome to provide sketches or drafts. I try to comment on every entry I receive. I'd recommend you take a look at the entry with 4 stars currently... that is almost exactly what I am looking for. Key points are the angel must be fascinating/beautiful, compassionate and somehow convey the idea of technology, and he is holding the body of his old, dead friend who died in his arms.

      • 1 month ago
  • freelancerimrao1
    freelancerimrao1
    • 1 month ago

    Please Check my entry #52

    • 1 month ago
  • freelancerimrao1
    freelancerimrao1
    • 1 month ago

    Chack my entry #44

    • 1 month ago
  • freelancerimrao1
    freelancerimrao1
    • 1 month ago

    Chack my entry #43

    • 1 month ago
  • freelancerimrao1
    freelancerimrao1
    • 1 month ago

    Chack my entry #42

    • 1 month ago
  • freelancerimrao1
    freelancerimrao1
    • 1 month ago

    Chack my entry #37.#36

    • 1 month ago
  • dreammachine321
    dreammachine321
    • 1 month ago

    #increaseprize.

    • 1 month ago
  • znipi
    znipi
    • 1 month ago

    #increaseprize

    • 1 month ago
  • freedaniel2
    freedaniel2
    • 1 month ago

    I think you gonna need to do a contest for the illustration, of the angel holding the man, then with that you do another one to put that illustration in a cover design. This contest, in this category, is attracting no illustrators. The image you are asking for is VERY complex, it can be not be just part one of the contest, you should do one just for it. It will increase your chances to get your message across.

    • 1 month ago
    1. alphacat
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      Thank you Daniel. That's a good comment. I am most concerned about the image, so I would be happy to award this contest for an excellent image even if it was not presented as a book cover.

      • 1 month ago
  • mubinnaim71
    mubinnaim71
    • 1 month ago

    what you want man? It's boring to read your all description. People use to short for this that's why you're not getting more entries.

    • 1 month ago
    1. alphacat
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      I don't care if I get lots of entries. I just want one that meets my needs. People who don't read my requirements simply have no chance of winning my prize.

      • 1 month ago
    2. alakram420
      alakram420
      • 1 month ago

      How can you say that? And what do you think this is social media? If you feeling boring reading clients' brief then leave the work.

      • 1 month ago
  • alphacat
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    Any entry that does not contain an image of an old, dead, grey-hair, grey bearded man being held by a beautiful male "Techno-Angel" will be rejected.

    • 1 month ago

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