justin.david.hebert got their new book cover by running a design contest:
Create an eye-catching cover for an eclectic Medieval Scifi Novel
Check out justin.david.hebert's Book cover contest…
Entertainment & The Arts
We publish and promote works of Science Fiction/Fantasy for progressive adults.
What's your vision?
What I want is a front/back cover with a spine for the printed version of the book, hi res and the front cover area needs to be 2000 px high by 1536 px wide so I can crop it for the eBook cover, the spine needs to be 0.75" wide. I need a cover for my book, A Test of Honor. It's an eclectic scifi like Dune, where the characters fight with both futuristic plasma blasters and melee weapons. The story takes place on a terra-formed planet 2,000 years in the future which is structured as a Feudal society but with a few technological differences. The Knights wear armor similar to that worn by the characters of pacific rim, but with their house crests adorning their left breast. They wear helmets similar to Iron Man, and fight with mostly medieval weaponry like longswords, flanged maces, and crossbows. They do carry plasma weapons, but these resemble early firearms like flintlocks - they only carry a single-shot plasma cartridge. The planet has no means of producing gunpowder, so they have no bullet weapons. Transportation is horses, and the planet is largely covered in large trees like Giant Sequoias, Redwoods, and Pines. The story takes place mostly in the forest, save for an epic battle at the end which is fought in a field at the forest's edge. There are stone castles and other visual mainstays of Medieval European culture - banners, normal plate/chain mail for foot soldiers, cloth livery worn over armor bearing house crests. I have only a loose idea of what I want for the cover. At minimum, it needs to include both Medieval and fancy plasma weaponry, both clearly visible so no one buys the book expecting purely historical fiction/fantasy or hard scifi. It would be nice to have actual fighting on the cover, but it's not a deal breaker. The art style should be realistic and dark, if you choose a scene in the forest, make sure it's full of fog.
A few ideas I have are as follows (but by all means feel free to run with your own as long as it meets the requirements I listed at the end of the Content Details): *There's a scene in the book where they're fighting armored Knights in a forest that might serve for a good cover. The enemy knights are all wearing livery over their armor portraying a Feudal Japan-style crest (look up Feudal Japanese crests to get an idea for this style) that is a red bear's paw, claws included. The main character wears dark maroon PacRim-style armor as well as an Iron-Man-style helm. His house crest is a white tulip. The enemies' armor is of varying colors, but they should all wear the same liveried vests. They generally fight on foot, men holding large shields in the front rank while men in the second load and fire single-shot plasma rifles or wield long pole axes. The bandits wear mismatching armor, some of it the fancy style, some of it normal plate, some of it chain mail, some of it padded gambesons or even hardened leather. They also often wear green or brown cloaks for camouflage, and a few should bear their own bandit crest which is three trees with their branches and roots entangled with one another. They also have some single shot plasma muskets, but most bear either spear-like weapon, crossbow, or longbow. *It might be cool to have the cover just be the main character mounted on a horse, his helm's faceplate raised so that we can see his face (he is black and looks like a young clean-shaven Idris Elba). In the distance on a hill behind him is his family's estate, which has a large stone castle in the center of thatched-roof cottages and larger tiled-roof houses. He should look determined and eager for a fight. If you opt for a close-up, his helm should be obviously future tech so that we have both the Medieval and scifi clearly visible. If you go for a wider angle to show his horse, make sure his weapons can be seen - he carries a long-hafted flanged mace as his primary weapon, wears a dagger on his right hip and a couple of single shot plasma pistols on his left hip. He can be raising his mace in the air or something, perhaps even giving a battle cry and maybe with banners in the foreground for his bandit army. Again, the key is to show both the scifi and Medieval motifs. Honestly, I just want a great cover, so if you come up with a better idea, please run with it.
$299 Bronze package
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Book cover starts at $299.
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.
justin.david.hebert 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!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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