I’d like a print and ebook cover for my book “Artifice: Episode
It is a Fantasy novel with a hint of Sci-fi in it as well.
This is an ongoing series (with book #4 due in just over a month), and
I would like to use this contest to establish a working relationship
with a talented graphic artist for my other books as well.
I’d like to replace the existing [homemade] cover for the book,
which can be seen at
below in the attached images.
This will be a relaunch of the book and will be retitled:
“Strange New World
Artifice: Episode One”
Feel free to format it however you feel is aesthetically pleasing.
The author name is “K. P. Alexander”.
I’m completely open to any suggested designs for the artwork. My
only stipulation is no photos, only artwork. I believe the resolution
on the ebook cover needs to be minimum 1563x2500 pixels for Amazon.
The back cover for the printed version needs to have a blank space
for the ISBN number, which I’ll insert afterwards. The print cover
will be 5x8 inches with a spine width of half an inch.
Also, because the back cover description is in a state of flux right
now, I would like the Photoshop files, as well as the standard picture
files, in the likely event that I have to make changes to the wording.
Here is the description from the back of the book:
“Rolling off his couch after a rough night, the day started off
quite normal for John.
Discovering a portal to another world in his coat closet, however,
was definitely out of the ordinary.
A sane person would have run screaming for the hills the very moment
they even suspected that a dragon was on the other side of said
Good thing John was still a bit hung over.
Realizing that the dragon didn’t actually mean him any harm, John
decided that a change of scenery was in order, and opted for a
vacation to the exotic city of Iathera.
Befriending an enigmatic green-skinned woman and a wizard with a
penchant for bathrobes, his impromptu holiday is cut short by news of
an unprovoked attack on an allied nation.
Having trekked across an entire ocean to wage war, the nation of
Kierd had laid siege to the Nebar Cluster for reasons unknown.
With Kierd wielding devastating weapons never before seen in that
world, the surrounding region is rapidly thrown into unrest. Still not
exactly sure if there was a reason that he was brought here, he finds
that his unique insights into this strange new world could be the key
into tipping the conflict back in the Cluster’s
Here are a few elements from the book that could be used as
inspiration, or depicted in the cover art:
A. John: The main character as described above. Accompanied by two
dogs on his journey – large golden retriever types.
B. Venarya: “Green-skinned woman” as described above. Very light
green skin. Also has bright green hair. Beautiful. Wears long white
dresses. Basically, this world’s version of an elf.
C. Rheus: Scientist/Wizard who likes wearing bathrobes. Long beard.
Looks only about 40 years old though.
D. Mag: the “Dragon”. Not large – just over 8 feet tall. Dark
black with a hint of dark purple. Has scales. Dark blue reptilian
(slitted) eyes. Head is similar to a crocodile with a long neck.
E. Rizikh: member of the “Syrilo” race. Looks like large praying
mantis but with humanlike hands instead of the “blade” appendage.
Has large multi-coloured wings draped around him which looks like a
cloak. He is a merchant selling crystal jewellery from a tent in a
large bazaar. (He is really a minor character in this book, but his
appearance is striking enough that you may wish to use him.)
F. Various “good” sea captains. Black uniform. Ships are wooden
with metal plating over the hull. No masts, as ships use engines.
Ships range from 80 feet scouts to large 500 foot battleships.
are not gunpowder-based. All catapult and ballistas, etc.
A. John goes to get his coat and finds a portal to another world in
the back of the coat closet. Mag (dragon) and Rheus (wizard) are on
the other side, and John has two dogs (large golden retrievers) with
him. John is also in a wooden cabin.
B. John, Venarya (green lady) and Rheus are walking through a bazaar
filled with multi-coloured tents and vendors selling all manner of
C. Naval Battle #1: A fleet of 200 various Nebar Cluster ships (no
gunpowder weapons) intercept a ragtag fleet of refugee ships, who are
being pursued by another naval fleet of four hundred enemy ships, all
of them around 150 feet long. The enemy ships are all wooden with no
metal. There are no seams on the enemy ships, as they are “grown”
and not constructed, and can look partially organic if you wish.
The refugee ships take up position among the friendly fleet for
protection, and as the enemy fleet gets closer, many of the refugee
ships explode, destroying over 150 friendly ships.
On top of that, the enemy ships turned out to be equipped with
explosive weapons (deployed via ballista or catapult, not via
which have never been seen in that world before. Several friendly
ships are destroyed before the Cluster fleet retreats home. Takes
place just after dawn.
D. Naval Battle #2: (This one is more of a blockade run, than an
actual naval battle) The Nebar Cluster is a group of four large
islands which are extremely close together, and the entire area is
ringed by hundreds of small islets which form a perimeter. The islets
also have defense turrets (equipped with energy weapons which shoot
globes or orange energy out) at regular intervals. The enemy ships
have blockaded the Cluster, but a small fleet of 30 ships manage to
run the blockade by using a decoy squadron on the other side of the
islands to draw the enemy ships away. Takes place at night.
E. Note that the current cover art depicts a “sun” that shines at
night. It gives off very little light – perhaps just a little bit
more than a full moon. It also has those constantly swirling and
shifting ribbons and flares of light coming off it.