ewbrownj got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Cover art for a fantasy disaster novel.
Check out ewbrownj's Book cover contest…
The Jungles of Alabama
E. William Brown
Ebooks don't have a back cover, so this isn't relevant.
An alien force causes animals to mutate into monsters, while also giving humans the ability to earn points and improve themselves like characters in an RPG. Chaos ensues. So it's basically a zombie movie, except with mutated animals as the menace instead of reanimated bodies, and with an in-story reason for why the main characters are so implausibly capable.
Readers of fantasy, science fiction and survivalist apocalypse stories. So probably 80% men, with a mild tilt towards younger demographics.
I need original character art, not stock images manipulated in Photoshop. This is the first book in a series, and I want each volume to show the same characters in different situations that illustrate how they've changed as the disaster unfolds. Each cover will be a scene taken from the book, so there's also going to be a need for original art of scenery, monsters and other elements. The scene for this first book is the protagonist and his girlfriend walking out of a gun store in rural Alabama after a hasty shopping spree. They were on vacation when the disaster struck, so they're wearing casual clothes, to which they've just added gun belts, pistols, combat knives and a rifle each, and they’re both carrying bags full of ammunition and accessories. The incongruity is intentional - at this point they're a couple of normal people trying to adapt to a crazy situation, and not sure how to handle themselves. Tom, the protagonist, is built tall and thin, although he's athletic enough not to be completely skinny. He's a white guy from Texas, and an engineer, so he's a bit of the pale side from spending all his time indoors. No glasses, short brown hair, hazel eyes, early 30s, no other distinguishing features. His attitude at the moment is worry and grim determination. Jenny, the female lead, is also white. She's 5'6", medium-length black hair, cute but not beautiful, with a slender build and noticeable (but not huge) bust, and 27. Her attitude at the moment is scared, and trying to hide it by acting tough. The background scenery is a small town strip mall – cracked concrete sidewalk, asphalt parking lot surrounded by trees, brick and glass buildings. The gun store they’re coming out of has a weathered old sign reading “Pete’s Guns & Ammo”, with a brand-new paper banner hung under reading “Apocalypse Sale”.
What to avoid
No stock art for the characters. No abstract art - this should be done in a realistic style.
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at US$299.
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.
ewbrownj collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
Sander was very attentive and fine-tuned the book cover design to my liking. He even made some great suggestions for the final version of the design.
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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