bow.travis got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Fantasy ebook cover - Three strangers, two plots, one champion.
Check out bow.travis's Book cover contest…
Travis Daniel Bow
On a volcanic island where music is magic, a duelist, a day-laborer, and a sociopath struggle toward an enchanted tournament that will change their castes – and the future of magic – forever.
Fantasy readers from young adult to adult, fans of Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Brent Weeks.
*** UPDATE *** Details to improve accuracy to the book (certainly don't need to show all of these details, just don't contradict them): 1) there is only one volcano, it's non-active, and it has a city built in the crater / ancient lava flow, see map on Idea 3 sketch 2) The three figures all have katana-type swords and are facing each other in a three-way fight to the death. They could be actively fighting or in a standoff / guard positions or just stylized in some way to show that they're competitors (maybe before they actually meet each other) 3) All three figures are asian/islander wearing clothing along these lines https://bit.ly/3iF4WKb though the teenage boy is poor and probably has pants more like these (and a shirt of the same material): https://wish.link/3lT2sdj 4) Body types: the girl (18 years old) is from a warrior caste and probably looks like an olympic fencer; the man (40s) is bald with a closely trimmed beard, tall and thin; the boy (18 years old) is fairly tall with a sort of farm-boy muscular lanky frame (he's a day-laborer). *** END UPDATE *** Fantasy ebook cover, 2,560 pixels x 1,600 pixels. I prefer a digitally-painted or stylized / vectorish "look" to photorealism. Final file should have editable text and layers so I can change loglines / add testimonials later. While this contest is focused on the ebook cover, there's a good chance I'll hire the winner to adapt the cover for print and audiobook covers as well. I have five sketches of possible concepts (see attachments). However, I welcome other ideas / mixtures of these concepts. Mood: mysterious, complicated, intimate. Clothing: if portrayed, should be long-sleeved shirts and trousers, not cloaks or armor. Characters: one tall, wiry bald man in his forties, one tall athletic female in late teens, one ragged but athletic male in ate teens.
What to avoid
Stock imagery is OK, but cost of additional imagery / fonts should be kept to a minimum. Avoid photorealism or showing characters' faces in detail.
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their book cover.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
bow.travis collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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