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How Casey Fictum started their book cover journey
Who are you known as?
What industry do you think your business is most related to?
Entertainment & The Arts
Tell us a bit about who you are and the people you reach
I recently wrote a book titled Two Mouths. An Alternative History Novel Based in Reverse Gender Role Play
Inhabit an alternative society with deep roots in gender stereotypes that'll leave you speculating about the sexes.
You'll follow Blue, a 26-year-old boy trying to grow a pair of lips big enough to break up with his girlfriend Pink in a world run by women. On his quest for relationship leverage, Blue ventures to places that include traces of past encounters with a missing person case, his recreationally drugged father & three pivotal women that cast him in different gender roles.
His final destination is unknown, but contains a confession that should change gender history forever. When following Blue's thoughts in this alternate society and bearing his confession, you'll question your own in regards to gender norms, relationship ideologies, sex roles & the coming-of-age patterns that end up defining us in our twenties.
What inspires you and how do you envision the design for your business?
I am looking to design a book cover for my story Two Mouths. The gist of the book idea is that gender roles are reversed so I'm looking for someone to capture my gender bender vision for the book cover. Ideally, I want a cover that leaves a lot of whitespace but there's color and a powerful image in the middle that signifies feminism, focusing on the split image of woman/man - it can be two women or a woman and a man - I like the thought of the face being the focal point because of the "mouth" concept - it's a story that speaks on feminism through the lens of talking with two mouths that have a very different message - one is the stereotypical feminine message and the other is stereotypical masculine message. I had another image of a woman and a man sitting on chairs and everything below the waist is color - the women has a classy mini-skirt and black tights with converse-like shoes and her legs are spread open like a mans would be if they were sitting - the man's legs on the other hand are crossed like a woman's legs typically are when sitting. Then above the waist they are generic human outlines or something of the sort - I like the idea of the faces being the main attraction and/or below the waist. I want to avoid whitewashing the book by having some diversity thrown into the cover art - it doesn't have to be explicit but it shouldn't be explicitly white-like.
I really appreciate simple design and have a soft spot for clean modernism and simple pop art pieces. I've attached my favorite feminism poster that has exactly the artistic idea i'm going for (the one with the lipstick and nose bleed) - feel free to do an iteration of that attached design but don't let it limit you if you have something else in mind. I'd love a take on that lipstick and nosebleed image with a white background. the blended faces are awesome. There are other examples of book covers that I really like and I attached the old Two Mouths cover as well. I like edgy more than I like cheesy.
Right now, the title is on the cover front and center - i'd be open to it being less prominent but it's up to your design mind You can find the first edition of the book on amazon if you want more information on the story - http://www.amazon.com/Two-Mouths-Ca…514732173/ - also the cover is 5.25" x 8" - i use createspace templates for the illustrator file - that way you understand the sizing - ill be looking for final illustrator files.