Design a cover for a fantasy novel

  • Status: Closed
  • Prize: $110
  • Entries Received: 49
  • Winner: lendula

Contest Brief

We ask you to create an ebook cover for a fantasy novel. The protagonist is a 14 years old girl with grey, bright eyes and black, straight hair. When we think about her, we think at a younger version of the actress Kaya Scodelario (http://iv1.lisimg.com/image/1595207/600full-kaya-scodelario.jpg).

She is a student in a magic/warrior school. In this school, alumnus wear a white uniform with violet elements such as a cape. Violet is more indaco than purple. For you to know, this girl uses tarots and a daga to fight so you may want to include them on the picture.

Elements you may want to use (not all of them of course) :
- a three moons System. The biggest one is red.
- a city port under a non active volcano, with Sailing ships on the sea. Pay attention: if you design the volcano, you must include a white, militar citadel in the middle of its side, before reaching the port.
- a cascade in autumn.
- a 14 years old boy with grey, cloudy eyes and black short hair. He is a little dark and too thoughtful for his age.
- a Boston terrier dog. If you include him, make him somehow in a playful contrast with the cat.
- (in the background) a huge and magic White Swiss Shepherd dog with short hair (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Shepherd). We'd really like to see it, even if it's not a mandatory element.

Elements you must include (mandatory):
- the girl.
- a red Norwegian forestcat with amethyst eyes. (Think of it, but in red: http://whoabc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Norwegian-Forest-Cat-Sitting-Inside-Box.jpg). He is a magical creature, with great intelligence and personality.
- the tree of life. You may use a version inspired to the cabala or a more illustrative one, is up to you.



If we like your work, we will take in consideration the possibility to hire you for more illustrations (price will be discussed privately, but no more than the price of the cover, for each picture) for the whole book.

In any case, you will have to sign a "work made for hire" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Work_for_hire) contract in which you state that, providing us the cover, you do not have any rights upon it, since it is created on our request and behalf.

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“@lendula won the contest on 24 April 2014”

Profile image valentinafurno, Italy.

Public Clarification Board

  • valentinafurno
    Contest Holder
    • 10 years ago

    We are sorry for the long delay, due to Easter.

    We want to thank all the people who joined this contest. We didn't expect so much works. And some of them are great pieces of art.

    At least, we made a choice with our hearts and the winner knows this. We know that some designs are, from a visual point of view, more beautiful than the one we chose as winner, but lendula was able to convey a sort of dreaming-like atmosphere in his paintings. Even if he never read the book, somehow his designs were the nearest to the atmosphere of our story. That's the reason behind our choice.

    • 10 years ago
    1. valentinafurno
      Contest Holder
      • 10 years ago

      It was, somehow, difficult, because all of you put so much efforts and we'd like to choose everyone. But, of course, this is not possible.

      We decided to aknowledge that, sometimes, the beauty is in the eyes and thoughts of the person who admires a painting, or a design, or read a book. We decided to aknowledge that sometimes the beauty is in the feelings, more than in the traits. Therefore, our choice. *

      Still, we want to thank everyone who joined the contest and wish you all the best.

      Thank you!

      (p.s.: hope our thoughts are understandable: english is not our first language)

      • 10 years ago
    2. Artmancer
      Artmancer
      • 10 years ago

      Understood, good luck with the book ;)

      • 10 years ago
  • sboterod
    sboterod
    • 10 years ago

    Check out my entries: #58 , #59 and #60 . I'll be glad to discuss any changes you may want on them.

    • 10 years ago
    1. valentinafurno
      Contest Holder
      • 10 years ago

      Greetings and thank you for submitting. Please, check the private message board, thank you!

      • 10 years ago
  • cpyton
    cpyton
    • 10 years ago

    I see the contest to late. XD You can donwload my design here http://192.3.165.63/mist.jpg maybe you like this style. A hug

    • 10 years ago
  • cpyton
    cpyton
    • 10 years ago

    Hello i has made a design but i can't send you the entry because the time is over :(.

    • 10 years ago
  • cpyton
    cpyton
    • 10 years ago

    Grettings. Please wait for my entry. In 5 hour aprox. A hug

    • 10 years ago
  • Artmancer
    Artmancer
    • 10 years ago

    #66 , at your service.

    • 10 years ago
  • SemasY
    SemasY
    • 10 years ago

    Hi, I just submit my work. Please check out the #65

    • 10 years ago
  • RKurmaniattafaul
    RKurmaniattafaul
    • 10 years ago

    Hi there please chek my entry...

    • 10 years ago
  • jiahilgattonero
    jiahilgattonero
    • 10 years ago

    I added a dog from #44 to #55 /

    • 10 years ago
  • romyvdhel
    romyvdhel
    • 10 years ago

    Hello, I just wanted to let you know that become of privet reasons I would be able to finish my entry. I am sorry, I hope you will find a nice cover, the other entries look realy good!

    • 10 years ago
  • maxbobo
    maxbobo
    • 10 years ago

    let me know if u r interested.

    • 10 years ago
  • karmachela
    karmachela
    • 10 years ago

    Please appreciate my complete design #46 and #47 Thanks :D

    • 10 years ago
  • jiahilgattonero
    jiahilgattonero
    • 10 years ago

    Please take a look at mine #44
    TQ

    • 10 years ago
  • wbengelbrecht
    wbengelbrecht
    • 10 years ago

    Please take a look at design #43. Thanks.

    • 10 years ago
    1. valentinafurno
      Contest Holder
      • 10 years ago

      Thank you, but we cannot use a picture of the actress.

      • 10 years ago
  • valentinafurno
    Contest Holder
    • 10 years ago

    To all of you, thank you for submitting. Some designs are very impressive and we are so happy of this contest. Again, thank you.

    Just, if we can say our opinion, several works are very similar to each other and still we'd like to see somethig different, so, let me describe you a scene of the book.

    In one of the chapter, the girl find herself in the forest, but she cannot advance because there's a wall in the way. Think of a medieval wall, enormous and made of big bricks, with grass all over it.

    Then, suddenly, a big Tree of Life (in the Cabala version) appears on the wall, highlited by a green, magical light, exactly in front of the girl.

    Even if she cannot see it, the Red Norway Forestcat is looking her from the distance.

    ---

    Just let us know if describe some scene of the book could help you with the designs. If so, we will provide more!

    • 10 years ago
    1. Artmancer
      Artmancer
      • 10 years ago

      Hmm okay. I'm doing a rather surreal illustration tho, will upload the draft soon, not sure if you'll like surreal approach on this, but I'm sure it will be different :)

      • 10 years ago
    2. valentinafurno
      Contest Holder
      • 10 years ago

      Great! Thank you for letting us know!

      • 10 years ago
  • chubi91
    chubi91
    • 10 years ago

    Please check the cat of #39 , thanks !

    • 10 years ago
  • desmmuncreations
    desmmuncreations
    • 10 years ago

    thanks for inviting me! wait for my entry :)

    • 10 years ago
  • SavvySasquatch
    SavvySasquatch
    • 10 years ago

    Hello, I would love to get some feedback on my entry #33 , It's still a work in progress so if you'd like something changed I can still do it at this stage. Thank you in advance.

    • 10 years ago
    1. SavvySasquatch
      SavvySasquatch
      • 10 years ago

      adjusted the girl's look in entry #38 to make her appear slightly younger. let me know what you think.

      • 10 years ago
  • vixofvines
    vixofvines
    • 10 years ago

    Feedback on 37 please

    • 10 years ago
  • chubi91
    chubi91
    • 10 years ago

    #35 my new entry, please take a look, thank you :)

    • 10 years ago
  • karmachela
    karmachela
    • 10 years ago

    Please check #34 I was coloring the sketches of main characters :D

    • 10 years ago
  • chubi91
    chubi91
    • 10 years ago

    Please check #31 and give me feedback. It is not the final entry. I'll post my complete entry within several days if it's your favorite style . Thanks !!!

    • 10 years ago
  • romyvdhel
    romyvdhel
    • 10 years ago

    I'd love to join too, I will try to make an entry as soon as possible ^^

    • 10 years ago
    1. valentinafurno
      Contest Holder
      • 10 years ago

      Thank you!

      • 10 years ago
  • OxideAnimation
    OxideAnimation
    • 10 years ago

    please wait me, I will send to you a sketch soon ;)

    • 10 years ago
    1. valentinafurno
      Contest Holder
      • 10 years ago

      Sure, take your time :)

      • 10 years ago
  • lauragabriel
    lauragabriel
    • 10 years ago

    Hi there. Thanks for the invite :) If you are after all image rights, would you agree to terms e.g. I can post the image wherever I want on my portfolio or social media, but not sell it? Or similar terms? Otherwise the price is far too low really. But it sounds like a potentially fun project!

    • 10 years ago
  • hikaruaozora
    hikaruaozora
    • 10 years ago

    please check #26

    • 10 years ago
  • karmachela
    karmachela
    • 10 years ago

    Please check my design of main characters; girl and norwegian cat #23 This is just a sketch. I'm working on coloring progress now. Thanks :D

    • 10 years ago
  • karmachela
    karmachela
    • 10 years ago

    Don't be rush to decide please ...

    • 10 years ago
    1. valentinafurno
      Contest Holder
      • 10 years ago

      Take your time. We promise we won't select a winner till the end of the project. But we'd like to discuss the submissions to improve them, so, maybe, the sooner the better. But, again, no winner has been selected, rest assure.

      • 10 years ago
  • Charlypr
    Charlypr
    • 10 years ago

    Valentina, thank you very much for inviting me to your contest, very friendly ..! Greetings from Mexico :)

    • 10 years ago
    1. Charlypr
      Charlypr
      • 10 years ago

      You can guarantee the award please? thanks

      • 10 years ago
    2. valentinafurno
      Contest Holder
      • 10 years ago

      Done! We really look forward to see your entry! Thank you!

      • 10 years ago
  • valentinafurno
    Contest Holder
    • 10 years ago

    @lendula, could you please click on your name? You should be able to login to our private message board.

    • 10 years ago
  • valentinafurno
    Contest Holder
    • 10 years ago

    Greetings to everyone and thank you for your submissions. The contest is now guaranteed, the prize has been uploaded of 10$ more, too.

    • 10 years ago
  • SuperFloree
    SuperFloree
    • 10 years ago

    And, her bangs. Does she have bangs? If so, what do they look like? I'm sorry if I'm being a nuisance >.

    • 10 years ago
    1. valentinafurno
      Contest Holder
      • 10 years ago

      Uhm... well, as said, when we think about the protagonist, we picture her as a girl who looks alike the actress Kaya Scodelario.

      https://www.google.it/search?q=Kaya+Scodelario&client=firefox-a&hs=Esg&rls=org.mozilla:it:official&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=qs86U_msI4vhywPRxIKoAQ&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ&biw=1366&bih=623

      • 10 years ago
    2. SuperFloree
      SuperFloree
      • 10 years ago

      So no bangs? Sorry, it's just you said her hair was straight so I thought the picture was only referring to the general look of her face since her hair's a bit curled.

      • 10 years ago
  • velmarph2001
    velmarph2001
    • 10 years ago

    By the way can you please make the contest sealed and guaranteed first? thanks :D

    • 10 years ago
    1. valentinafurno
      Contest Holder
      • 10 years ago

      Greetings, there's no need to seal the contest. This is not a logo contest, where someone can copy the design of someone else. We will discuss the sumissions in a private window with the freelancer, we will never tell in public windows what elements we like of any submitted work. So, really there's no need.

      About guarantee the contest, as said before, we will guarantee it as soon as we see something we like. Sealing the contest now is not possible, because we do not like any of the entries arrived till now. Hope this is understandable to all of you, as I think you would do the same, in our position. Thank you :)

      • 10 years ago
  • sarbod
    sarbod
    • 10 years ago

    Thanks for the invite, I really love this contest. I'll soon send my entry!

    • 10 years ago
  • velmarph2001
    velmarph2001
    • 10 years ago

    thanks for the invite. Please wait for my entries. Thanks again! :D

    • 10 years ago

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