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Need an illustration of two guys representing high income and time for non-fiction book
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I am a private guy who wants to self publish a book. I aim for quality (or at least want to reduce my amateurism as much as possible). This is the very first time I approach artists for a cover, so I hope you have the patience for a beginner. That's all there is to say about me. As for the book, I wrote a non-fiction book about working culture in Germany. I am opposed to it, because I think it brings forth too many people not happy with their lives. They lack free time, relationships and meaning in life, because they work all day. We have to rethink those values about work for two reasons: First, people are not happy with it, they work because they have to and not because they want to. Second, computers and robots are changing the value and meaning of our work inevitably (meaning jobs will be lost, humans will be replaced by robots etc.), so we must rethink our stance on working culture anyway. My opinion: The age of work as we have known is over, and we have to come up with a new model for society. The target audience is basically everyone who values work culture in any way and advocates self improvement and willingness to work hard. This would be students and people with jobs. Additionally people interested in alternative social models (I advocate unconditional basic income in my book) and people wondering why modern countries like USA, France or Germany are socially unstable. If you need additional info or something is not clear enough, feel free to ask me.
What's your vision?
I made a sketch and posted it here. I know my skills have much room for improvement (that's why I seek out professional artists after all), but it should give you a clear idea what kind of cover I want. Again, if it is not clear, just ask me. I will take no offense, I know I can't draw. What you (hopefully) see are two men standing next to each other, holding up visibly a € symbol and an hourglass. Please ignore the outer lines and the title, their only purpose were to help me nail down the right size for a book cover. So who are those guys? The left guy is a financial- and company adviser, the right guy is a longtime unemployed. The financial guy has a lot of money, while the unemployed guy has a lot of time. Those two are a narrative intrument I use in my book to explain the meaning of time and money, and why both is important. The financial guy gives insight about economics, what it means to pursue a career and the sacrifice he has to make (he has no free time). The time guy gives insight how it is to have a carefree life, why work is most of the time a mistake and what he lacks in life for not working at all (he is an outcast and has no purpose in life and for others). Those two are kind of like yin yang, total opposites that together unify the two most important ressorces a human can have in life: money and time. And those two guys have one of those things in abudance while lacking the other completely (a lot of money but no time/ a lot of time but no money). Of course the obvious message in the end is that we should aim for the middle, as in we should earn less money and have more time in life, since time is the thing most people lack. Side note: Those two guys are good friends, not enemies to each other. Beeing opposite does not mean being opposed to each other. As in appearance, the financial guy on the left is wearing typical business attire, the kind you see on wall street or in big companies. He wears glasses and has short hair. He has to look like a financial adviser, so a pink suit is obviously out of the question (sadly...). His jacked should stay open and not be buttoned up, so the guy gives a relaxed and easygoing impression. The time guy on the right is more unusual. He wears usual street clothes like a pair of jeans, unremarkable black sport shoes and a business shirt for outside (like he is going to a date or something). He is wearing a black flat cap, glasses, and has a small beard. The v-like shape under his chin is his shirt collar folded up. I am not sure about the color of his shirt. I thought the time guy could wear a black shirt like his cap and shoes, but he might wear too much black like this. I let the artist choose the shirt color for the time guy. What I expect is a serious cover. A comic like approach would miss the tune, my book should be perceived as a serious attempt to inform readers and not be seen as something to kill time or be funny. The two guys should be perceived as authorities, as in you take them serious when you see them. Imagine talking to an expert who knows his field well, that is what those two are, they are money and time experts and they can show it to others. The tricky part is to not make them look too human. You see, those two are less human and more personifications or entities, or human shaped symbols. In my book they don't have names, they have designations (they are called 'Financial Guy' and 'Time Guy'), so it helps if the readers see them as a narrative tool instead of real persons. For example: Their eyes are completely hidden behind glasses and not visible, their skin is completely white (other colors are possible, too). Small details like this to prevent them looking too human should do the trick (not sure if this works though...) I give the artist free reign how to approach this. If you need feedback on possible ideas, I will give them as fast as I can. The artist can basically do everything on his own judgement. There are only two things that must be followed: 1. Don't replace those two guys with something else. They are my unique selling point and the best way to convey what my book will contain. If you remove them my book loses it's identity. On top of that, wrong pictures like money or gold can be misleading. Objects of value often get associated with 'how to become wealthy' books, so those things on my cover would draw the wrong target audience. Stick with the two guys, they are the best solution to visually describe my content I could come up with. 2. The unemployed time guy on the right is NOT allowed to look shabby. He can not wear damaged clothes or anything that resembles 'poor man's clothing'. He is not wearing brands, but he knows how to look stylish on a small budget. This is important, because time guy has to be an equal for the financial guy, and it can not be achieved when he is wearing gym trousers. Readers should not have the urge to ridicule the time guy because he looks 'dirt poor'. Just to be safe, stick with the clothing I described earlier. You can go nuts on everything else. They can stand, sit, look at each other etc. You can replace the objects in their hands, too. Just make sure the financial guy holds something that resembles high income (no gold bars, he is not rich like Elon Musk!) and the time guy has something that resembles time. Background can be anything. I had no idea what to have as a background, so I hope you can come up with something (if a background is over my budget, you can skip it).
I plan to publish my book in Germany, but I think you can disregard that info. To my knowledge, workculture and it's proclaimed importance and benefits is basically the same in every country on this planet. Be it Germany, Japan or the USA, the opinion about work and the importance of it is universally the same. It is therefore not necessary to create a specific cover for Germany or to try to create a 'typical german cover' or anything similar to it. I would rather appreciate it if you make a cover that would be 'understood' everywhere (if it is possible of course).
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