Book Cover (night)

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  • Voittaja: mobyartist2

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Greetings,

I came up with a short novel that I have yet to start writing, so I'm also thinking of a possible title; "night" is a possible keyword that will lead to it probably. I need a catching cover since the book will be released on Kindle and people must be encouraged to click the thumbnail to read what the book is about.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
The story is a psychological thriller with horror shades, I was inspired to it just recently so I have yet to define characters names and such. If i have to name other works that "taste" of the flavour i wish to transfer to my book you can refer to "the shout of munch" and "the machinist" movie (el maquinista) or also "number 23" movie.

ABOUT THE PLOT:
During a night walk, the main character (later V.) see something weird, he noticed a man stepping in the shadow of a building and vanish to only reappear outside the shadow; while inside it the man was invisible. After this event V. started to have night horror experiences, initially only during sleep or sleep time, then more often during daytime. The man he saw is obsessing him and appearing in his deams as an horrible vampire. However V. reality is unwoven and confused, he will eventually end un baing unable to distinguish them. Here starts his hunt, who is really the man he saw? Why he is having such horrific experiences? Is the horror real or just a projection to represent something different?

Title: Notte (placeholder title, it might be changed later on text layer)
Author: Stefano Gandolfo

ABOUT THE CONTEST:
I will be accepting both inlustrations and concept art, I have set a medium time to allow me better define the book and add eventual details to the project. I'll also accept black&white or colored covers; since it is not yet a defined book I'm not yet sure of what I would my cover looks like, so help me! :)

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“great cover, great artist; very comunicative and collaborative. greatly advised A++”

Profiilikuva elnath1978, Italy.

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  • elnath1978
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    • 3 vuotta sitten

    Greetings artists, sorry for the long-waiting, I also had some troubles with PC to fix.

    it wasnt an easy choice but we have considered #57 to be rightful winner for this contest, we also had to step back to our former title "Notte" as since "il buio dentro" is the title of a different somwhat recent book, so for better clarity we eventually considered the former alternative as final choice for the book.

    I want to clarify that I am aware that the title could could easily be changed, for instance if we had opted for the second title #61 would have won instead. I finally opted with the actual winner for originality of the concept, final cover is somehow more "catching" for the possible buyer also in thumbnail size.

    exactly I was particularly interested in #26 and #58 pls a few others, I'mno artist so I can just judge on overall impression a possible customer may have in watching a cover respect another, I'm not determining art-quality at all with this project.

    • 3 vuotta sitten
    1. archestry
      archestry
      • 3 vuotta sitten

      Honestly i think mobys work is not so good. It has to be scary story but pink color and funky dude in hat dose not work in this scenario. Also you were so critical for the meaning of the illustration, but all of the sudden you just chose more catchy cover. What hand on the background is means? Why dude has zero emotions on his face? But that is just my opinion. Best regards.

      • 3 vuotta sitten
  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    Greetings, this monday we will name a winner, thank you for your patience.

    • 4 vuotta sitten
    1. archestry
      archestry
      • 4 vuotta sitten

      Great!

      • 4 vuotta sitten
  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    Contest ending soon, thank you all for partecipation!

    There is left little time for modifications of sort; as the contest expires I'll promote a survey and collect feedback about published works, then name one winner; it wont be easy as I see a few possible candidates, however there will be only one winner at last.

    • 4 vuotta sitten
  • archestry
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    Hello i have made a new entry its #62

    • 4 vuotta sitten
  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    #57 please correct the title of the book accordingly
    #58 its well done but im not sure, it looks somewhat comic
    #59 improved, seems its going well, waiting for the final version

    • 4 vuotta sitten
    1. archestry
      archestry
      • 4 vuotta sitten

      I can rework it a little. Do you want it to be more serious?

      • 4 vuotta sitten
    2. archestry
      archestry
      • 4 vuotta sitten

      Comic look is coming from the colors and man face, i can make it somehow more realistic.

      • 4 vuotta sitten
  • Zhoana
    Zhoana
    • 4 vuotta sitten

    #59

    This is the ideia coming abit more to life some details still need work, now it's just about the contrast and lights.
    You mention the lines look "too happy" would you like the overall image darker? lighter?
    I was going to add the shadow men walking into the shadow of that balcony. Main character probably a bit behind watching.

    Since it's your story tell me what you think? Does it match what your looking for?

    • 4 vuotta sitten
  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    #56 and #57 I have left you a private message, please check it out and confirm you can read it as sometimes it disappear.

    • 4 vuotta sitten
    1. archestry
      archestry
      • 4 vuotta sitten

      I have read it. Thanks.

      • 4 vuotta sitten
  • MajdGH
    MajdGH
    • 4 vuotta sitten

    Please check #53 #54 #55 , basically the same idea but differences in the background.
    The idea is an undefined entity representing paranoia or maybe the fear in the heart of the main character.
    Also , it has the shape of a vampire/monster as you described in Brief and it has the eyes of a dragonfly as this could make it really very scary and it would see a lot more (in the mind of the reader who connects his imagination with this cover) the soul of "the machinist" artwork as i am a very big fan of that artwork.
    I don't know if your book has anything to do with the diabolic ideas so we can erase the satanic star on the monster's head if it was not needed.
    I hope you like it and the background can be changed as desired...i gave you (Full darkness-Empty street-Painted wall)

    • 4 vuotta sitten
    1. MajdGH
      MajdGH
      • 4 vuotta sitten

      Don't worry it is ok , i understand all that and i just misunderstood the idea of the book.

      • 4 vuotta sitten
    2. mobyartist2
      mobyartist2
      • 4 vuotta sitten

      Hi.... Please reviw my design #57

      Thanks and Best Regards,
      mobyartist

      • 4 vuotta sitten
  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    IMPORTANT NOTICE: I see that private comments are often not working properly, I'll leave my opinion here publicly then.

    #48 very interesting idea, i wont say anything and let you develop it your own
    #52 cool concept and location, please describe your image, why white man is flat?
    #50 improvement respect previous image, the red-death is however not relevant for this story.
    #49 unfinished and "empty" art, concept is not properly developed, death is not relevant
    #51 image not relevant, where did you take the woman face and profile? Please explain

    • 4 vuotta sitten
  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    #46 quattro stelle temporanee, ci voglio pensare su, anche per questo ti ho lasciato un messaggio privato

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  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    #47 so che il disegno in se merita più di 3 stelle, leggi il messaggio privato relativo.

    • 4 vuotta sitten
  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    #45 too many not related elements, the castle, hodded fidure, the scythe.

    IMPORTANT: dear artists, please explain your artwork when submitting it, explain your interpretation!

    • 4 vuotta sitten
  • umby
    umby
    • 4 vuotta sitten

    #46 #47

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  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    dear artists, please consider this when you come to design your interpretation: the horror the main character experience is just a way to manifest something hidden within him, something he did, a sin he is unable to admit to himself in first. Also consider the phychological aspect of the novel, as it is more relevant respect real horro presence in the cover.

    Tonight I'll make some pictures of the current environment, where the story takes place.

    • 4 vuotta sitten
    1. elnath1978
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      • 4 vuotta sitten

      hello, sent you a private message, have you read it?

      • 4 vuotta sitten
    2. MrGuder
      MrGuder
      • 4 vuotta sitten

      Looking for il Buio. Ma fuori. :) https://maps.google.com/maps?q=Tempio+Malatestiano,+Via+Quattro+novembre,+Rimini,+RN,+Italia&hl=it&ll=44.059747,12.569827&spn=0.000732,0.001124&sll=44.824708,12.86499&sspn=2.929877,4.603271&oq=Tempio+Malatestiano+Italia&hq=Tempio+Malatestiano,&hnear=Via+Quattro+novembre,+Rimini,+Italia&t=m&z=19&layer=c&cbll=44.059817,12.569763&panoid=WI46qrA6OUJmm2MVzNtcww&cbp=12,105.38,,0,-10.6

      • 4 vuotta sitten
  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    #44 image comes from "Killer is Dead" videogame for PS3, also biotico/robotic arm is totally unrelevant.

    author has been reported and banned from contest.

    • 4 vuotta sitten
    1. umby
      umby
      • 4 vuotta sitten

      Incredibile, senza dignità! ...domani o al massimo dopo domani dovrei riuscire a postarti un'altra copertina..sto portando avanti anche altre cose

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  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    #41 left you a private notice

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  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    #42 and #43 there is too much blood/gore and man looks nearly happy more than worried to me.

    • 4 vuotta sitten
  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    #40 very interesting concept art (hand picture) I have left you a private note in regards, please check it out

    • 4 vuotta sitten
  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    #39 please post only front cover, quote source for photo used and do not recycle other books covers or barcodes

    • 4 vuotta sitten
  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    #38 photo seems taken from some game/movie, face has some sign of corruption. The overall idea may be good but the shadow figure is a little too reductive, simplistic and somewhat inaccurate.

    ATTENTION: While using photo for your cover always specify where it comes from, or i'll be unable to accept it.

    • 4 vuotta sitten
    1. saniaarif21
      saniaarif21
      • 4 vuotta sitten

      Image source
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/masterofmadness/4541778430/
      http://wall.alphacoders.com/big.php?i=381552

      • 4 vuotta sitten
    2. elnath1978
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      • 4 vuotta sitten

      thank you for clarification, if you want to improve your image please refer to my post below

      • 4 vuotta sitten
  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    EVALUATION PARAMETERS (stars per feature):
    1.5 stars for main character shaken expression, as in #15 and #26
    1.5 stars for monster disturbing presence, horror must be allusive, as in #33 and #26
    1.0 star for the environment, the background of the scene, as in #7, #30, #26 and #33
    1.0 star based on the interpretation of previous elements and image quality of the cover

    • 4 vuotta sitten
    1. elnath1978
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      • 4 vuotta sitten

      * stars value is max score each feature will award, its not a switch but a 0.0 to X.X value range

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  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    #37 very nice idea dropping out of the cam the monster hairs, monster looks more like a cat/wolf, this time 2nd image looks better than just pencil, also cool location and interpretation of character job, we have lost the "disturbed" position of previous picture

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  • elnath1978
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    #36 again watermark, not needed descriptive text, however funny interpretation but would be good for humor

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  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    #35 there is a watermark and bottom descriptive text, where is teh photo from?

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  • umby
    umby
    • 4 vuotta sitten

    #37 trovi anche altre due versioni della copertina

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  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    BOOK LOCATIONS:

    I was unable to take self made photo due to cold and weather conditions, so I have searched the web for a few relevant locations, I will eventually be able to take my own I'll publishe them here later. I'll be splitting the message ad charachers are limited to 1000:

    • 4 vuotta sitten
  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    http://www.abcvacanze.it/le-chiese-di-rimini/chiesa-dei-paolotti-rimini.jpg
    one church, there V. firstly meets the monster, the little chapel at night project a shadow in diagonal, there the monster "vanished" to reappear outside of the shadow, most of the locations were visited during night times.

    http://www.abcvacanze.it/rimini/immagine2.jpg
    One of main town square, tents and carousel are not stable, behind the carousel you can see the chapel of the previous image

    • 4 vuotta sitten
  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/11/Tempio_Malatestiano_Rimini.jpg
    town cathedral, there V. see the monster walking on its front wall like a reptile, as a geko yould do

    http://www.fotoeweb.it/rimini/FotoRimini/Rimini%20Castello%20Malatestiano%20ingresso.jpg
    town castle, another location, at night time and full size looks better, could not find proper photo

    • 4 vuotta sitten
  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    http://static.riviera.rimini.it/tl_files/gallerie/pop/arco-augusto2.tif.jpg
    August arch, generally it is seen from the other side but could not find a better image

    http://www2.stile.it/fnts/stile/immagini/resized/r/i/rimini-ponte-romano-di-notte_49866276_650x365.jpg
    Tiberio town bridge, the arch is at the very end of the street, it is somewhat long and will cross the square above

    • 4 vuotta sitten
  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    #34 please remember the thunbnail size, as this is what the customers will see while browsing on Kindle store.

    • 4 vuotta sitten
  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    #33 concept is good but the sleeping figure seems a little too young to be a man, thoughts?

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    1. elnath1978
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      • 4 vuotta sitten

      perhaps text is a little to dark and doesnt stand above such gray, I would use a brighter red or a different color

      • 4 vuotta sitten
    2. archestry
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      • 4 vuotta sitten

      Ok i have read your your privat message and got all your points thank you.

      • 4 vuotta sitten
  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    #32 it seems a photo scraped by other media, can you please confirm its source?

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  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    * * * ATTENTION: Definitive Title: Il Buio Dentro * * *
    This will be the definitive title, so please use it on text layer, it wont be changed, so use it with confidence. thank you.

    ABOUT STARS RATING:
    * * * * art is very relevant with the book and also has a good drawing
    * * * art is somewhat relevant, but might be improved to make it more pertinent
    * * some elements of the cover are too different respect the book style

    • 4 vuotta sitten
  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    #22 is again copyrighted image: http://www.joabhomearts.com/show.php?por_id=5615

    • 4 vuotta sitten
  • elnath1978
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    • 4 vuotta sitten

    #4 and #5 are also copyrighted images: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18377563-a-warm-breath-kindle-single

    • 4 vuotta sitten

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