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- Thumbtack Illustration
So wonderful working together again. We are so thrilled with this cover - and our readers are so interested in this biography because of it!
- Mama Guska
Mama Guska delivered an outstanding design for my book cover and made all the corrections and edits until I was satisfied. Easy to work with and professional. Love the cover and would definitely use again!
How arctaco started their book cover journey
The Valley of Tigers
Anthony has lived in South Korea, Chile, and currently resides around Yellowstone National Park. This is his first self-published short story.
A young man living in Korea gets lost on his way home from Seoul.
Young adults, age 16 and up. Anyone interested in Korean culture, short fiction, surreal fiction, psychological fiction, nature fiction or science fiction.
I like the simplified way the artists illustrates the ocean.
I like the empty space.
I like the empty space and the creature at the bottom-right, because it somewhat resembles the style of an animal in an old Korean painting.
The stylistic tiger is kind of cool.
The multitude of nature included in this image is very effortless. It doesn't appear too overcrowded.
Serene river valley--this is the setting of the story.
What colors do you want to see in your design?
Something symbolic, on the abstract side, involving a tiger or referring to the image of a tiger or many tigers, preferably more than one tiger. Give it an Asian feel, referential to ancient or pre-modern Korean paintings. This involves a focus on nature, but a restrained one. Mountains could flesh out the background. I highlighted blacks and oranges, but a blue could be welcome here, too, if it helps make it more "retro-Korean". Other elements of nature could fit in, if needed, to round it out, such as birds or rabbits or trees or the moon. Nothing loud or obnoxious--keep it quiet and subtle. A JPEG file that is at least 2500 pixels on the longest side with a height/weight ratio of 1.6. The font is up to the artist, but something that might be used in a museum gallery for ancient Korean art. Finally, the story is a little surreal and dreamlike. The hero slips back in time. A touch of or allusion to this is surely a welcome flourish. Consider borrowing from pre-modern Korean paintings, and adding a hint of something modern.
What to avoid
stock images shouldn't be necessary. Are there public domain images of ancient Korean tigers or Korean art? If so, that might help.