Christian Book Cover Design
- Status: Closed
- Prize: $200
- Entries Received: 20
- Winner: supermagnetron
This contest is for a book cover for my new novel, The Savvy Demon's Guide to Godly Living. For the final product, I'll actually need two images, one with text on it and the other without text. The text it needs is the title and the author's name.
Title: The Savvy Demon's Guide to Godly Living
Author: Brad Francis
The dimensions of the image should be 6X9, with the width being a minimum of 1500 pixels. It also needs to be at least 300 dpi. It is much easier to shrink an image that is too large than it is to enlarge an image that is too small. Please make sure your entry is large enough or I won't be able to consider it! That being said, a book cover needs to look good both full-sized and as a thumbnail.
Book synopsis: A demon named Melchior gets drunk. He's sick and tired of his job because the church members he's assigned to tempt and distract never do anything. He decides to stick it to his boss (the devil) by visiting the pastor and telling them exactly what they're doing wrong. The pastor realizes that Melchior is right and their middle-of-the-night visit changes his life. The bulk of the novel is about the pastor's quest to really follow Jesus instead of just doing church the same way as everyone else.
My idea for the cover is to do a sort of parody of those real classy memes/e-cards that have an old-timey post card feel. I'll attach some to the contest as an example. My idea is to feature the demon on the cover, sitting in a big comfy chair and reading a book, perhaps wearing a monocle or glasses and smoking a pipe. It's sort of a funny book and the cover would be all about the juxtaposition - very classy, old fashioned surroundings but featuring the demon. He has purple skin (all demons do - well, in my book), yellow eyes, black horns and leathery red-and-black wings that look like a bat's. But other than that, he's more or less humanoid. I don't think he would be clothed, although, y'know, no like genitalia or anything. I realize the postcards on the attachment are rather monochromatic, but this doesn't have to be.
That's my idea, but I'm not married to it. If you have another concept, I'd love to see it. I'm intentionally doing a fairly long contest period because I want you to have plenty of time to play around.
I realize that guaranteeing the contest makes it more attractive for the artists; I understand that, but I really need the money back guarantee. I honestly hope I find a design that works and I'll definitely buy it if I do, but I need the option to get my money back if there is poor turnout. I was very happy with the last contest I did and am still working with that artist on new projects.
Feel free to submit sketches as you play around with the cover and think of different ideas. I will be checking this contest on a regular basis and giving feedback on every design. So I can tell you if you're on the right track or not. I'll tell you honestly whether your work is right for this project or not so that you don't waste time working on an image that will not be chosen.
Please feel free to ask questions. I hope I'm being clear. I'd love to see what you guys come up with and I'll make sure to give prompt, detailed feedback. Oh, and in addition to being paid for your design, you'll be credited for the cover in the front cover of the book. I'd also be willing to link to your digital portfolio (as long as it is professional and wouldn't offend my readers). I've been able to recommend my last Freelancer contest winner to other indie book authors who were impressed with her work.
Thanks everyone for your work and I can't wait to see what you come up with!
Oh and please provide me with jpg files!