Give me a hand--on fire--and put it in my e-book cover design.
I'm looking for an awesome e-book cover design that will focus on an eye-catching depiction of a flame-engulfed hand, reaching out in a dark night. The flames are the visual impression of my main character's aura. Attached is a photo to be used as stock (I own the photo). Further instructions for the cover design are as follows:
Title of the book: "Angel of Night" to go at top.
My pen name: Julie Simons, to go at bottom.
IMAGE, THE FIERY HAND
Placement: the tip of the index finger must just touch the right edge of the cover art as it will tie to the sequel to touch the tip of a finger meeting it in book II.
The fire: the main character bears a fiery aura that is energy he exudes from his entire body all of the time; therefore, the hand is not consumed in the flame. Again, his entire body is projecting flames not just the hand. The fingers, the bottom of the hand, the wrist will all exude the fiery aura. The character is human in appearance apart from the aura. The fire is light sky blue at base, then yellow/orange further on.
*I want the flames to extend upward from his palm as if it is HEIGHTENED there, and for the flames to be BRIGHTEST there--as if IGNITED-- but not contained like a ball there or limited to only there since, as I mentioned, the aura/fire exudes from his entire body 24/7.*
The hand must be visible through the flame but go ahead and make the flame very bright in the hand. The pointing index finger is the most important to be seen (since it plays a role with the cover art of my sequel). It makes sense that the other fingers would be less visible due to the flames.
Minimize or remove the hair on the arm as seems aesthetically "right." Enlarge the hand and arrange so that some wrist is visible but not excessive arm length. Use your judgment. Remember,the tip of the index finger must just touch the right edge of the cover.
Background: I want the background of the cover to be a very dark tone of midnight blue--not black but perhaps close at its darkest. There will need to be attention to light effect as the light from the flames of his aura will of course affect the area around him and will affect the color tone of the background--brighter near him, darker further away.
Font: For color dynamics for the title and pen name should be cool, edgy but not excessively goth or frilly. Balance cool and edgy with professional--no cheap cliche daggers at the end of the letters for example. Light effects within the font can be cool if done carefully but please remember that the title and author name should be CLEARLY AND EASILY READ at a glance. The reader must be able to read and process the cover in less than a second.
Font and color dynamics for the title should be edgier than the font choice for the pen name and the title should be larger.
Generally speaking, please see Sarah J. Maas book covers at her website for reference. I don't want mine to be a copy of hers but she has a lot of light effect on her covers that is well done.