mark.c.harms got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Design a book cover to set the tone for an entire series of sci-fi novels.
Check out mark.c.harms's Book cover contest…
Entertainment & The Arts
I am an independent self-publishing author. I am a "debut" author, meaning that I am going to publish my work on Amazon and other venues for the first time.
What's your vision?
I am looking for a book cover for my sci-fi novel, "Wings of Silver and Blood: Book One of the Ark Project series". The setting is the somewhat classical concept of a far future mega city under a crystalline dome. The cityscape is one of shimmering silver and glass buildings, magnetically levitated bullet trains shooting through silver hoops every few miles, and huge tracts of forest and farmland beyond the line of silver urban expanse until hitting the edges of the dome. In the center of the city is a silver and glass pyramid with flowing scroll work of information moving over the surface in a faint neon green. All of the city, in fact, has this scroll work of illuminated programming information moving over its surfaces, including the people, in blues, greens, yellows, violets, reds, and other colors to lesser degrees. The pyramid is the focal point of the city's relationship with the artificial intelligence that manages the city. The A.I. is seen by the people as the Archangel Gabriel. My original concept was a view of the pyramid, using it as the base for an overlay of a semi transparent image of a huge angelic figure with wings outstretched over the city. The angel's right wing is silver. The left wing is shadowed and drenched in blood. Coming down from the wings are faintly seen filaments or threads reaching down and connecting to the citizens below (or some other kind of puppetry image). In terms of characters or people in the background, some of the more predominant imagery in the book in terms of people are as follows: 1. Nanotech is a predominant theme. Armor that grows out of singlet suits. Weapons that grow out from limbs or from armor. 2. Body art in the form of moving nanotech tattoos are part of the every day for the characters. Most have symbols on their foreheads denoting their jobs/ranks/guilds/professions. Other symbols move over their skin, arms and legs, torsos, necks, hands. It is often a combination of equations,kabbalist symbols, and personal iconography. 3. Two of the main characters are brother and sister. There heritage is mixed with African, Asian, and Caucasian features. Both have dark hair, and both have green eyes. The brother spends much of his time covered in second skin armor the shape of dragon scales in the colors of blue and silver, and cybernetic wings upon his back, the individual feathers actually being micro gravity drive engines that allow him to fly. The sister is seen in one of two ways. The first in white robes of a monastic fashion, green glowing body art all over her body, but specifically her forehead carries a pseudo masonic symbol of a pyramid with a half opened eyes in the center of it. Her other image is without the robes, and covered completely in a crawling, creeping darkness with flares of sickly green and orange light shooting out from her in random directions.
Despite everything that I have listed above, more does not necessarily mean better. What I am looking for is something that will pop for the browsing reader on the internet, something that has classic iconography that creates familiarity, but hopefully looks new or fresh enough as to garner new interest.
US$ 299 Bronze package
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at €269.
Full copyright with production-ready files for digital and/or print.
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.
mark.c.harms collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
When design entries come in, you can rate them so designers know what you’re looking for in your logo design.
99designs has great collaboration tools so you can pinpoint and capture your ideas
And then… they selected a winner!
Andrew is extremely talented. He has designed the covers for all four books in my Thomerion series of interactive novels and blown he away with his eye for detail, color sensibilities and dramatic style. Further, he is professional and a good communicator. Would hire again and again!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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