mattisaman got their new book cover by running a design contest:
It's a battle for the cover, that will best set the stage for the battle, of the heart vs mind!
Check out mattisaman's Book cover contest…
Art & Design
Self-Publishing! Target audience is anybody with a heart and a mind.
What's your vision?
Need a book cover dust jacket (full hardcover, including back cover, spine, and flaps) designed for fiction novel called Defined. Title: Defined Author name: Matt Isaman Size: 6" x 9", .75" spine. Require editable, layered, .psd file upon completion. Please do not compress graphics or merge layers -- may need to edit colors/balance and/or change the title in the future! Audience: people watchers that can't help but psychoanalyze, travelers, introspectors, personal growth junkies... Central plot: A battle between the heart (Island 1) and the mind (Island 2), connected by their roots (spinal cord). The entire book takes place inside the mind of one person, but the world looks like we see our world today, with some subtle hints of our human anatomy combined into the scene) Cover design elements: 2 Islands on each side of the cover from a POV of a submerged camera that is off in the distance and shows above how Island 1 (on the left/heart) has a beach, that slopes up a hill with the colors of fall, on the trees, and open fields, maybe a cave slightly visible, and then a rib like mountain on it's far left side that goes into the back cover. These islands float, but are connected by their roots (of the trees). Below the surface of the water is the roots that are connected, and thick enough to be caves/vessels/bones for travel back and forth between the islands. The islands shouldn't be connected to the bottom of the ocean. On top of the ocean between the two islands could be a very subtle wave that when studied could be symbolic of a heartbeat pulse/wave. Island 2 is not as welcoming, it has a much more massive mountain on it, with a noticeable peak. It also has crevices of some sort that would be reminiscent of the brain. This is the first book in a trilogy. Be creative! Some ideas for inspiration are attached. The font doesn't need to rest on the water, I actually prefer it doesn't. I was just messing around with the imagery to see what it would look like. Sky can be more around sunset/dusk with some purple in it if it works. Not a requirement. Please have fun with this! I tried to be specific to help spur a vision, if something comes to mind, go for it. I am very open minded as well. It doesn't mean i'll choose yours but I will sure give it as much consideration as every other! Thank you. Please leave questions and comments!
Here is part of the first very rough draft that i'm sure will change dramatically. It's poor writing, just getting some stuff out on paper, but it describes the islands a little bit. They both kept heading back towards the first cave. Walking in silence they emerged from the edge of the woods upon a full view of treetops, and vivid colors of changing leaves. Acres of Baldcypress, Sugar Maple, Aspens, Black Tupelo, Sourwoods and Sweetgums spread out over the hillside. They stood halfway up the hill that sloped from the beaches up into the rib caged mountain that surrounded the western third of the island of Bodhran. In the middle of the open field they took a moment and and faced east down over the beach, across the water at the island of Somnium. They saw the silhouette of it’s mountains taking up nearly the entire eastern half, making the large crevices hard to discern with the fading glare across the calm waters. The walking dissipated the tension, a little. “Looks like they already headed to the main cave for the celebration, we better move faster,” said Four. There were a total of four caves that made it to the surface of the island. The other two were opposite to what Four and Eight supplied. Those caves were supplied with wood by Strength, and sometimes Eleven helped out. “Wouldn’t want to miss the big unveiling.” Said Eight. They marched on in silence, the conversation spinning through there minds while heading towards the party. With the two approaching at a slant up the hill, the fire illuminated outlines of moving figures bustling around in preparation for the big night. Details were revealed with each step closer that distinguished each as men, women, and children. Before the faces came into focus, bits of voices were heard as they scurried amongst each other like honeybees at quarter speed. BOOoomm. An earthquake rumbled through the island and drummed under the feet of Four and Eight as they walked along with the fading rumble. Some figures grasped for something to brace while others seemed to move along un-phased.
US$299 Bronze package
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