I need a cover design (front, back, and spine) for a Createspace
paperback, which will also be used for an ebook. The concept I have in
mind plays on the light and dark duality, with Clyde (dark) on the
front cover and Claire (light) on the back, with a soft fade between
the two. The back cover should somewhat mirror the front.
I am not picky about Clyde’s appearance; he gets very little
description in the novel. 29-year old Caucasian male, brunette, brown
eyes, probably about 5’10” and 170lbs or so. Very average.
Clothing is up to you, but nothing too futuristic; in my mind’s eye,
I’m picturing cargo pants, a collared shirt, and some kind of coat
or jacket, possibly with a bulletproof vest. He tracks down bad guys
for a living, but isn’t an “action hero” kind of guy, if that
makes any sense.
In this scene, Clyde is sitting on the floor of a room. The room is
dark and dusty; there might be a table or chair, but it should look
uninhabited. It is an abandoned tenement in New York. He is depicted
from the side and is positioned as if he has put his back to the wall
and slid down. The vibe should be that of a man who has hit bottom and
is contemplating giving up or reflecting on the things he has done.
In front of him is a lightkeeper, a device used to harvest and store
Light. It is a glass cylinder, about 2 feet long and about 6-8 inches
in diameter, with a metal cap/handle at either end. It is sitting on
the floor of the apartment a few feet from Clyde and he seems to be
fixated on it. The Light is stored in the glass part and is
illuminating the room. The Light is a wispy, amorphous entity of
glowing pure energy. The Light changes color at will, but is always
all one color at a time (i.e. no rainbow).
The back mirrors the front cover, only it is Claire instead of Clyde,
with no lightkeeper, and she is in a white room. The room should look
“pure” or “sterile,” like a hospital clean room. She is
positioned the same way (back to the wall, probably with her knees
pulled up to her chest). Instead of the lightkeeper, there is a large
knife lying on the floor in front of her.* Claire is mentally unstable
and violent, so her appearance should reflect the mental state of
someone who has cracked.
Frequent use of her powers has made Claire very ill and her appearance
reflects this. She suffers from “blacklight,” a disease that
plagues scions who overuse their abilities. The most visible symptom
is a total loss of color; she is completely white (skin, hair, even
her eyes), but there are faint black lines, like veins, emanating from
her chest, near her heart. These can be seen creeping up her neck. She
wears glasses with square black frames and usually wears black (plain
clothes, no dresses).
(*If the knife can't fit, due to the ISBN barcode, that's fine. I'd
rather leave it out than try to cram it in.)