I need a book cover for my new e-book.
STORY MAPS: TV DRAMA
The Structure of the One-Hour Television Series
This e-book is an analysis of the structure of popular television dramas, including The Walking Dead, True Detective, Scandal and more. I am looking for a design that showcases the unique and iconic characters from the most popular and groundbreaking shows of the last 5 years. My original idea was to use graphically altered (so no copyright issues) images of these TV main characters that most people would immediately identify: Olivia Pope from Scandal, Rick from The Walking Dead, Matthew McConaughey from True Detective, Walt from Breaking Bad, Don Draper from Mad Men, Kevin Spacey from House of Cards, Lady Mary from Downton Abbey, etc. I envision these characters in a lineup looking at "us." The three most important MUST HAVES for the front row are Olivia Pope (Scandal), Matthew McConaughey (True Detective) and Rick Grimes (The Walking Dead). Behind them you may want to use just silhouettes of props, logos or people that are unmistakeable to TV fans: Walter White's black hat, Don Draper's fedora, etc. I am also interested in a bg with the titles of these shows printed one after the other in rows, e.g., the bg of the "Mindy Project" image below. Where you can be really creative is...
a) in how you render these characters -- i.e., if you begin with a stock photo image of an actor, then you must alter it in a way that avoids copyright, e.g., illustrating a "graphic novel" take on that actor (e.g., the Breaking Bad fan art below) or a cartoon image (the Mad Men 2d character cartoons below). You may even want to completely deconstruct the elements (the "hat and glasses" image), but make sure they are still somewhat recognizable.
b) The positioning and body stance of the characters. I envisioned a 'front row' of the three Must Have main characters, then a back row of the others and maybe some fills of other characters, images or props (e.g., some zombies, the Downton Abbey castle, a 1960s car, the White House, etc.).
c) The title design. I'm not married to the previous title designs of my previous books in this series (see sample images). I do NOT want cursive/calligraphic text.
d) Color scheme: I'm thinking that RED should be the dominant color, with plenty of white space. I think red shows up in thumbnails and display ads the best, plus it will distinguish itself from the rest of my books, which use a lot of blue, orange and tan. Agree? If not, prove me wrong.