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Epic Fantasy book cover illustration
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I write epic fantasy novels that resonate with fans of Tolkien, Robert Jordan, Brandon Sanderson, Terry Goodkind, and the like.
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I need artwork for the cover of my next epic fantasy novel SWORD OF TEARS. I do not need any text incorporated, please, only the artwork. This project will be published this Summer and is the fifth book in The Sword of the Dragon series. Book tease: A witch, an insurrection, and the man who will make them succeed... or will prove his loyalty to more honorable oaths. As a plot is uncovered to overthrow the Lord Warrior, an enemy may prove himself a friend. There is powerful sorcery at work in the forests of the Hemmed Land as Oganna and Ombre are drawn to a sword forged with tears and dragon blood. Artwork should be on a horizontal/panoramic canvas, so that it can be incorporated into the cover design for the rest of the series. The final crop ends up being somewhat square, but I need some extra to play with in final files. I am attaching files of the other covers, so that you can see the theme. The artwork I need is this: Man (facing us) holds up a sword as a young woman looks on (her back turned to us). A tall stone fortress wall is behind them, and off to the right side the green fields extend out to a deep blue sea. A friendly viper is coiled around the young woman's leg as it, too, watches him raise the sword. Over their heads an eagle-sized bird flies. You can experiment with showing the characters close up, or farther away. I'm not sure which would be better with this illustration. Characters: (1) white male in his mid-forties, about 5ft 8in tall, athletic build, hazel eyes, light-brown hair that isn't even shoulder length (can be shorter), and he is wearing white armor from his shoulders down to his feet. (1) white female in her mid-twenties, same height as man, long wavy blond hair to midway down her back. She is wearing a shirt and some kind of trousers. Her clothes I'm not particular on, so feel free to offer recommendations on that. It should look attractive and feminine. She has a sheathed sword belted to her side. Important reference: this is the same girl and sword that are pictured on the cover of my novel Dragon Offspring. Sword: hand-and-a-half medieval sword in the crusader style, with three-foot-long blade and leather-wrapped handle. The handle, guard, and blade should all be rather white or close to that. Creatures: Viper is a few feet in length, tastes the air with its forked tongue Bird is eagle-sized with all-white feathers, silver beak, eyes, and talons. Setting: Warm spring day, green grass. Lighting and time of day are your preference. Backdrop: Stone fortress wall, surrounding fields, and the sea about a quarter to a half-mile beyond. To the other side of the fortress is a hilly country with forests scattered across them.
I like a classy, epic feel to the covers. I only need the artwork because the series already has an established cover design. Attached you will find images that are from my current books, as well as a few from covers I like. The castle image is just to give an idea of the background fortress in the cover for my novel, Sword of Tears.
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