I am looking for realistic illustration in rich color for a book cover.
Front cover image is a butterfly with wings folded up, about to pass through a keyhole.
Whole image is very entrancing. This is the door to the light (metaphor for enlightenment). I’m imagining it could be a garden door so has some lush green vines growing on it (optional, could also be a more decorative door). Keyhole is the old fashioned kind. In my mind the butterfly is facing to the right.
Feeling: entrancing – we’re drawn to light that can be seen through the keyhole.
Some photos attached for rough ideas of keyholes and butterflies.
Although it doesn’t have to be a “real” butterfly, I like these blue morpho butterflies because they are pretty mystical looking, and when the wings are folded up you get just a glimpse of blue brilliance which we see fully once butterfly flies free on back cover.
The book is mystical poems about the meditative journey to enlightenment. The title is “Slip Through the Keyhole”
Here is the poem that goes with cover image:
The door to the Beloved isn’t always open
But you can slip through the keyhole
If you are carrying nothing
Book size is 5 x 8. Image would be center of the cover so outer edges of image (rest of the door, for example) would need to be faded enough for title and author name to be readable, but give some texture or color for visual interest.
Assuming we like working together and I use the front cover image, I’ll do a second project for the back cover. Letting you know now so you can imagine it at the same time.
Back cover has image of keyhole from the other side. The butterfly has flown through and is now flying freely in the light.
Feeling – freedom, light, enlightenment.
Not sure how well light shows without some color, so potentially could be darker blue butterfly against light blue sky, to show light and also to show that butterfly is separate and also part of the light/sky.