Design a new cover for a sci-fi novel. The title is, "The Ethereal Vision", and the cover should feature two of the main characters: Jane and Max.
It is technically a 'young adult' novel, but has appeal for all age groups. It is not a dystopian novel, so the cover should be bright.
The novel is the first in a series of books. It is set in the not too distant future and involves the struggle of a group of teenagers with psychic powers against a secretive committee.
On the cover, both of the characters are walking away on a road, so we are looking at their backs. The road is suspended in the sky, surrounded by a cosmic background. The road they are on stretches - seemingly - into infinity, but in the distance, it seems to meet some cosmic light source.
Jane should have blonde hair (slightly wavy) that goes just past her shoulders. She should be wearing a white cloak / gown that goes down almost to her feet. In her left hand, she is holding a crystal butterfly, which, depending on how far away the characters appear, may or may not be too visible. For inspiration for Jane, think Saoirse Ronan with blonde hair.
(Update: Some people seem confused about Jane's overcoat. This is a garment that is provided to her in a facility where she is confided during the course of the story. It is a functional garment, and resembles more of an overcoat than a gown. Still, it should good. There's nothing magical about the coat / cloak).
Max is tall - about six inches taller than Jane. He is standing next to her wearing a beautiful black coat /cloak that folds around his entire body and goes to below his shins. His right hand is raised slightly to the side, and a light protrudes from his palm. Max's look is regal; his presence should be amazing / astonishing and other worldly. He should also have a black silk scarf wrapped around his neck (not too prominent).
Max is not one of the teenagers who are mentioned above. He is an older character with a transcendental nature. He is not human and sort of an immortal character. His age and appearance change throughout the book slightly, but he should appear to be in his mid - late twenties here.
The background should be FILLED with stars, and perhaps a galaxy or nebula in the distance somewhere (these may or may not look good, so use your own artistic sense on that one).
Thin clouds of stellar gas and dust might look good appearing from the right hand side. The background colour of the sky should be either a purple / incandescent orange/red colour, or light blue. I have a feeling light blue would look better, but we'll see.
I have thought about the perspective - where the characters appear exactly, and I think it would look best if the view was close to the surface of the road, with the characters not too far in front. Another good view I think would be a good bit over their heads, so they are maybe 15 - 30 feet away. I'm not too sure about this, so I'll let you guys come up with ideas.
The title should be at the top, with my name at the bottom in smaller lettering. Or if you think it would look better in reverse, please feel free to try that too. I would like something interesting for the font, if possible, if it had the look of glass, although I understand this could be difficult if it doesn't fit the background image or is too transparent. Remember, the best word to describe the cover is beautiful, so the font should reflect this too. Another good colour for the font would be gold.
If possible, just underneath the title, I would like an image of a crystal / glass butterfly, with a beautiful design.
I'm mainly looking for a stunning, original piece of art for the cover. Stock photos are OK. I'm not concerned about the absolute particulars of the cover. I'm mostly concerned with a beautiful look and finish.
Two characters, one female, one male. The female is seventeen, blonde hair, wearing a long white gown and holding a crystal butterfly.
The male, standing next to her (on the right) and walking with her, is tall and wearing a beautiful black coat that goes to his shins. A light protrudes from his right hand.
They are both walking away on a road that is suspended in the sky through the cosmos, surrounded by starlight, illuminated clouds of stellar dust and some celestial bodies in the distance.
I'll be releasing it everywhere: Amazon kindle, createspace and smash words, so will need the full cover for all of those formats.
Kindle has pretty standard size requirements. The cover must have an ideal height/width ratio of at least 1.6.
So for kindle, it will be 2500 x 1562.
For createspace, I'll be doing a 6 x 9 cover there, but I don't have the exact formatting details yet. Will have that in the next few days. Word count is 94833. Will need a space at the bottom / back of the createspace cover for the createspace ISBN.
For Smashwords, I'll be going with the 1:5 ratio. So that's 1600 x 2400 on the tall side.
Thank you and good luck to everyone in the contest. Looking forward to working with you guys! :)