I'm looking for cover design that features airships battling one another in the skies over Paris, with the Eiffel tower in the background.
I'm primarily interested in illustrations rather than stock image photographs compositions, preferably in a dark style similar to the first book in the series. But all well designed covers will be seriously considered.
Here's some background info:
The story is in the sci-fi/steampunk genre, and takes place in a parallel universe, and a world like our own, but not identical.
It also takes place in the 1930s, but on a world which has been under attack by strange creatures from another dimension for nearly thirty years.
Humanity still survives in large numbers with organised governments, but the world is locked in an ongoing war with the creatures, fortifying and arming their homes and cities, with a large proportion of resources dedicated to battling enemy.
The war against the creatures, and the use of primitive atomic devices, has visibly damaged the atmosphere turning the sunlight has distinct reddish colour, even in the middle of the day.
This is the second book in a series, so its important that the titles and other text as well as the layout matches the first book in series as closely as possible.
The bulk of the story is set in Paris, but a fortified version of Paris where the Louvre has been boarded up and Eiffel Tower has been armoured and fitted with gun emplacements.
A strange armoured airship appears over the city from the same dimension as the alien creatures. But the ship is filled with people who are also fighting the creatures..
The story also moves to a castle in northern Germany/ Bavaria.
The giant military airship has appeared over the city from another world.
- This craft if huge, the size of the Titanic, containing approx. 3,000 people.
- It has elaborate weapon struts sticking out from its sides with rotating gun chairs at the end, on which powerful guns and other weapons are mounted.
o One of these other weapons fires a form of lightning discharge.
o The weapon struts are made of iron girders with walkways down the centre to allow the gunners to get to and from their weapons
- There is also a prow spike at the front, which acts as a viewing platform, and propeller driven engines for manoeuvring and propulsion.
- The ship is armour plated.
- The ship uses a new gas, far lighter than helium or hydrogen for its lift, meaning it can carry all this armour and weapons easily, without the gas canopy needing to be as big as conventional airships.
There is a fight between this giant airship a several slightly smaller airships, that have been built by traitors using technology stolen from the larger ship.
- The smaller ships are all destroyed or defeated.
I’d like the style to reflect the time period of the 1930s, but with a menacing, film noir, Fritz Lang/Metropolis feel.
The airships should also have recognisable art deco styling.
The title of the story is ‘By a Blue and Crimson Light’ and both red and blue light feature heavily in the story.
A full paperback cover (front, back and spine) design, with the book title, author name, back cover blurb and all other lettering included.
All text must match the styling of the first book in the series (Quaint Gothic font for titles and author name etc - the cover of the first book in the series is attached.)
The final compiled copy of the cover should be produced with all printers marks included, and with a blank space for the barcode.
Separate copies of the artwork without any of the lettering, plus a copy of all the lettering without the artwork should also be produced.
A pre-compiled (layered copy of the design in either Photoshop or GIMP format) would also be appreciated if possible.
All artwork to be produced at a minimum of 300dpi
What will be provided:
A printers template of the required book cover layout, accurately sized and with markings for the front cover, spine, back cover, and barcode area, with print margins highlighted - this is attached below.
A copy of a previous book in the series - this is attached below.
A link to a Pinterest board containing other general stock images can also be found here: http://pin.it/y0dfoIW
Any and all questions answered.