Vampire Icon With Characters/background for book cover

  • Status: Closed
  • Prize: $55
  • Entries Received: 46
  • Winner: valeriacappi

Contest Brief

I'm a self-published author who writes romantic comedies on Amazon. I've mostly only done my own covers and scrapped together the work from stock photos, but I'm starting to move my style to more of an illustrated/cartoon based format. I'm hoping to not just find an image for this one cover, but find an artist I can work with and trust who fits my brand style. I'd really love to establish a partnership with someone I can go to for all my covers in the future (I release a book about every month).

My next book is going to be a little bit of an experiment as I haven't seen any other authors try it yet. That means I need the cover to kind of tip-toe a style line. The book is a vampire rom com. I want to allude to the vampire elements as playfully as I can, but not so playfully that it doesn't have that sort of sexy/fun/charming rom com look.

The image I want is an icon style heart with fangs. I'm picturing a heart with the fangs coming down from the top and within the heart.

I'd also like a profile or 3/4 view of a man on the left facing a woman on the right. The man should be well-dressed with maybe one touch of vampire-like clothing. Like a black suit but a raised collar, or a short cloak, etc. Nothing too crazy. He should be handsome and looking down at a woman who is shorter than him. He should look amused/charmed/etc. I'd also like for him to have one hand behind his back kind of casually holding a chalice that is catching drips of blood from the tooth above him (the one coming down from the heart)

The woman should be shorter than the man, young, pretty, and looking up into his eyes. She should look amused/charmed/etc as well. I'd like him to maybe have a hand on her cheek/face/hip or wherever so they look like they're about to embrace. She can be holding his arm or whatever looks natural. She should be kind of leaning in toward him with one leg kicked up behind her and one tip-toed on a gravestone to help balance out the height difference.

I'd love it if there was almost like a parody of the skyline background that's popular in rom com behind the heart. I'm not sure if this would look good, but maybe even if there was a city skyline behind the whole image, but where it overlaps with the heart, the skyscrapers become tilted gravestones/crosses/statues, if that makes sense.

I've included some references from my own covers so you can get a kind of idea of my brand and style as well as some images of other covers who have done cartoon characters I liked the style of. This cover will be a slight departure from my brand because I haven't done cartoon characters on a cover exactly, but I hope you can find a way to sort of blend my brand with some of these ideas. I've also included some common colors for my genre to work with.

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Employer Feedback

“Valeria was amazing to work with! I asked for some really specific things in an illustration for my book cover. Valeria went above and beyond by looking at some examples of my previous work and making sure he submission didn't just match what I was asking for, but also making sure it matched the brand and style of my previous covers. She also exceeded my expectations by providing several options with each draft with differences in execution, color palettes, and other little touches that she thought up herself. Once I started communicating directly with Valeria, she was super fast, responsive, friendly, and never complained about making tweaks or trying different things in the design for me. She was also nice enough to send me *all* the options in separate layers at the end of the process so I could use some earlier elements from other drafts for thinks like advertising and whatever else I might decide to tweak later. I can't recommend her enough. She was amazing to work with! ”

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  • gigagido
    gigagido
    • 2 months ago

    hi, please take a look at #67 and #45 , i am looking for you feedback

    • 2 months ago
  • nozrulislam2020
    nozrulislam2020
    • 2 months ago

    We have a team. We work for individuals and companies. We service clients through design. We will keep working until you are satisfied with our design. Unlimited Revision Until Your 100% Satisfaction.
    I'm always support you.
    Looking Forward to working with you!
    Thank you

    • 2 months ago
  • morshedalamsajin
    morshedalamsajin
    • 2 months ago

    hello. click ( #28 )here & go check it out. I hope you gonna like it. If there needs to change apart just leave a message to fix it.

    • 2 months ago
  • Lah10
    Lah10
    • 2 months ago

    Hello, see my entry #12 , I await your comments. Thank you

    • 2 months ago
  • ayman5mosstfa55
    ayman5mosstfa55
    • 2 months ago

    My dear lady, I made the picture from my idea of ‚Äč‚Äčentry number 21, and I explained the idea in the comment for entry. I hope you like it and thank you for allowing me to apply my idea even if I lose (of course I hope to win)

    • 2 months ago
  • ayman5mosstfa55
    ayman5mosstfa55
    • 2 months ago

    Dear Madam, I am working on your original idea to create a cover for your new book
    But while I am reading your description of the character, I got a different idea. Is it permissible for me to create a cover image different from what you wrote in the description or just stick to your standards

    • 2 months ago
    1. pbloom1805
      Contest Holder
      • 2 months ago

      I'm still open to some other ideas. The only problem is that I do have a very specific set of style elements I sort of need to stick to if I want my book to fit in my market. So the main risk is that you could end up with a great, visually pleasing design and it may just not fit the market.

      • 2 months ago
  • rafihathbd
    rafihathbd
    • 2 months ago

    Are you Penelope bloom?

    • 2 months ago
    1. pbloom1805
      Contest Holder
      • 2 months ago

      Yes, that's my pen name

      • 2 months ago
  • khorshedalam924
    khorshedalam924
    • 2 months ago

    please check #5

    • 2 months ago
  • Ralph1384
    Ralph1384
    • 2 months ago

    Great day, can you provide a quick sketch for the heart icon thank youu

    • 2 months ago
    1. pbloom1805
      Contest Holder
      • 2 months ago

      Sure. I'm going to add it to the resources on the image to give an idea of roughly what I'm picturing. (I can't see anywhere to attach a file in this area)

      • 2 months ago
  • shoaibchaudary77
    shoaibchaudary77
    • 2 months ago

    Sir Can You Tell me the Icon Size And for the background you want characters the man looks like a vampire and looks down to women at a restaurant or any other please> Waiting for your response

    • 2 months ago
    1. pbloom1805
      Contest Holder
      • 2 months ago

      Hi, the Icon will take up about 30-40% of the space on a book cover. The book cover dimensions are 1600 pixels wide and 2560 pixels high.

      The man should only slightly look like a vampire. Maybe just a cape or a high collar and a kind of slick hairstyle. No green skin or anything because I want this to appeal to regular rom com readers.

      They should be standing in a graveyard and the whole scene should be within a heart icon with fangs.

      • 2 months ago
  • ramjeevacartoons
    ramjeevacartoons
    • 2 months ago

    hi.. interesting work, will join .

    • 2 months ago
    1. pbloom1805
      Contest Holder
      • 2 months ago

      Great! Can't wait to see what you come up with :)

      • 2 months ago
  • iambisw
    iambisw
    • 2 months ago

    will share my artwork soon

    • 2 months ago
    1. pbloom1805
      Contest Holder
      • 2 months ago

      Excited to see it! Thanks :)

      • 2 months ago
  • Faisalabdul79
    Faisalabdul79
    • 2 months ago

    Thanks for your invitation, I'll give my best shot for this contest ;)

    • 2 months ago
    1. pbloom1805
      Contest Holder
      • 2 months ago

      Thanks Faisal! You did a cartoon for an author friend of mine and she was nice enough to share your info with me. I'm excited to see what you can come up with for this one!

      • 2 months ago
  • nozrulislam2020
    nozrulislam2020
    • 2 months ago

    Dear, Contest Holder I will submit my entry before the end of the time of this contest. I hope you will like the entries given by me. I'm working

    • 2 months ago
    1. pbloom1805
      Contest Holder
      • 2 months ago

      Thanks, Nozul! I look forward to seeing what you come up with :)

      • 2 months ago

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