Illustration for SciFi Book Cover

  • Status: Closed
  • Prize: £129
  • Entries Received: 40
  • Winner: Irnyo

Contest Brief

I need an ORIGINAL illustration for a science fiction novel. The final file should be 1,563 pixels by 2,500 pixels and will NOT include a title or author information (I will add these myself later).

Here's what I have in mind, but feel free to improvise in terms of positioning of elements:

The entire image will have a black space backdrop with stars. In the foreground will be three of the main characters from the story. I have attached rough images I created using a character creation tool in a computer game just to give a general idea of age, hair, eyes, etc. Please feel free to make small changes. The clothing does not have to be the same as in the images. Clothing should look futuristic, but not be a formal uniform or overly-sexualised. PLEASE DO NOT USE THESE ACTUAL IMAGES ON THE COVER AS I DON'T OWN THE COPYRIGHT FOR THEM, they are just a guide.

I would like character 1 in the centre (the female character in her 40s), with character 2 (the black male in his 50s) to the right and character 3 (the white male in his 20s) to the left. These portraits could be slightly opaque to allow us to see more of the background. They should be at the bottom of the image.

In the centre of the image I would like a depiction of the spaceship featured in my novel. I ran this contest several years ago when I first began work on the novel. I have attached an image of the winning ship design, which I own the copyright for, so please feel free to use that image or modify it, or just be inspired by it. The ship doesn't have to look exactly like this, but please read my description of it. It is the last image whose name starts with 55. The name on the ship is Curiosity

It is an out-of-date research/science vessel which has seen better days. It should look big enough to hold around 10 crew members and have a cockpit/bridge/command deck, and room for an engine room, small science lab, medical bay, living quarters, recreational lounge. The exterior of the ship could include browns and rusty reds, but go with what you feel is right here. It needs to look old and with damaged hull plates. There are NO weapons on the exterior of the ship, but some scientific instruments, such as a satellite dish and perhaps a small laser to take samples from asteroids, etc. The ship also has search lights attached to the front. The ship is being fired on -- an energy beam is tearing across the image from the top right down to hit the ship, with obvious damage to the area hit. This energy beam should be a greeny-yellow colour.

A description of the ship from a rough draft of the novel is attached below.

I have attached a very rough sketch I did myself based on the description in my novel, but please do not feel constrained by this. I'm not a visual artist and I want you to come up with a shape and design which is memorable and unique.

There is the possibility of further work for anyone who can come up with a great starship model and is able to produce schematics and various views of the ship for inclusion on my website or the interior of the book.

I have also attached some images of ships I found online, but please remember not to copy these exactly because I do not own the copyright for them. Also, even if some of the images feature ships with weapons, it is important to my story that the ship featured does not have any weapons.

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  • alfonxo23
    alfonxo23
    • 1 month ago

    * Congratulations, I enjoyed participating in this contest. Thank you.

    • 1 month ago
    1. Irnyo
      Irnyo
      • 1 month ago

      Thank you so much

      • 1 month ago
  • dienel96
    dienel96
    • 1 month ago

    Congrats to the winner. Beautiful design

    • 1 month ago
    1. Irnyo
      Irnyo
      • 1 month ago

      Thank you so much

      • 1 month ago
  • Irnyo
    Irnyo
    • 1 month ago

    I posted a new entry with the changes you requested, i hope you like it, thanks.

    • 1 month ago
  • grittoalex
    grittoalex
    • 1 month ago

    80% from concurents used photos from net 20 % of concurents are created whit stencil and hand.shame on you guys.

    • 1 month ago
    1. Irnyo
      Irnyo
      • 1 month ago

      yes, it's so sad that it happens.

      • 1 month ago
  • grittoalex
    grittoalex
    • 1 month ago

    109 ,108 pls feedback. ty

    • 1 month ago
  • Irnyo
    Irnyo
    • 1 month ago

    I have made all the changes you asked, check it in the #112 , i hope you like it, thanks.

    • 1 month ago
  • ihvhadni
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    As we come to the end of this contest, I would like to thank everyone for their enthusiasm and hard work. It's not going to be an easy decision. If you have submitted different variations off your work and have no objection to bundling it all in one submission, that would help a lot when it comes to selecting a winner. Thank you so much.

    • 1 month ago
    1. Irnyo
      Irnyo
      • 1 month ago

      Thank you so much for helping me with your feedback and suggestions, it took me a long time to produce this Artwork, from the scracth to the final version of the two illustrations. My illustrations is 100% originals and created by me and my clients. As i told you, the key to a beautiful and functional Artwork is the cooperation between the artist and his clients.

      • 1 month ago
  • Irnyo
    Irnyo
    • 1 month ago

    Hi, Please check my new ENTRIES #105 #106 , I would like to know your feedback , thanks :)

    • 1 month ago
  • Irnyo
    Irnyo
    • 1 month ago

    Hi, please check my new entries #99 #100 , thank you.

    • 1 month ago
  • grittoalex
    grittoalex
    • 1 month ago

    98 and 96 pls a feedback thank you sir.

    • 1 month ago
  • ihvhadni
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    I have extended this contest for another three days because I am really impressed with some of the work and want to give people enough time to finish.

    • 1 month ago
    1. alfonxo23
      alfonxo23
      • 1 month ago

      Absolutely! I will submit for your consideration some additional ideas too! ;)

      • 1 month ago
  • Irnyo
    Irnyo
    • 1 month ago

    Hi, Please check my new ENTRIES #80 and #81 , i want your feedback :)

    • 1 month ago
    1. ihvhadni
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      I've replied. Thank you!

      • 1 month ago
  • MRGRAPH003
    MRGRAPH003
    • 1 month ago

    SIR YOUR OWNS WORDS. "PLEASE DO NOT USE THESE ACTUAL IMAGES ON THE COVER AS I DON'T OWN THE COPYRIGHT FOR THEM, they are just a guide. SO HOW COME ENTRY CONTEST #72 BY ALFONSO AND ALL OF HIS ENTRIES ARE USING ONE OF THE IMAGE WE CAN'T USE, THIS IMAGE IS 556a576ac82b3_thumb900.jpg. YOU KNOW THAT BY HIM USING A COPYRIGHT IMAGE YOU AND HIM WILL BE IN VIOLATION OF COPY RIGHTS, AND 120GBP IS NOT ENOUGH.

    • 1 month ago
    1. ihvhadni
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      I was referring to the characters. As I have explained on this board, the image of the ship is from a previous contest I held and for which I paid. I am the copyright holder for that image and have said it is okay to use it or modify it.

      • 1 month ago
  • shaharyar321
    shaharyar321
    • 1 month ago

    Please do not close the contest before the time. Done with 75% of the work

    • 1 month ago
    1. ihvhadni
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      Sorry for not replying sooner. The contest will not end early.

      • 1 month ago
  • shaharyar321
    shaharyar321
    • 1 month ago

    Please do not close the contest before the time. Done with 75% of the work

    • 1 month ago
  • shaharyar321
    shaharyar321
    • 1 month ago

    Hey! Please do not close the contest yet. I want to submit an entry that I had been working on for some time

    • 1 month ago
  • Eccaia
    Eccaia
    • 1 month ago

    Hello! there seems to be still time. I'll be working :)

    • 1 month ago
    1. ihvhadni
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      I have no idea how to do that. Can you message me first?

      • 1 month ago
    2. Eccaia
      Eccaia
      • 1 month ago

      Hello! Well, it happens that we freelancers can not contact any employer through chat because we do not have this option enabled, I know that you can do it since several have contacted me that way, perhaps by entering my profile you can see if there is a chat option, won't it? :)

      • 1 month ago
  • giobanfi68
    giobanfi68
    • 1 month ago

    Hi, with the greatest respect, almost everyone has interpreted your female character with a scar on her face, as per your example.

    • 1 month ago
    1. ihvhadni
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      I didn't say they hadn't.

      • 1 month ago
  • ihvhadni
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    With the greatest respect, I don't think some of you understand that this is for a book cover for a novel that's been written. You can't just make up characters, ships and settings. That's useless to me. It needs to reflect my story. If I wanted face tattoos, a fleet of ships or a planet in the background, I'd ask for that.

    • 1 month ago
  • dienel96
    dienel96
    • 1 month ago

    Hi again. Pls ask all designer to put the source link of their images that used on the cover. That way you avoid to have difficulties with copyright. This is a basic rule in design and sign of respect for others work. Regards!

    • 1 month ago
  • alfonxo23
    alfonxo23
    • 1 month ago

    Hi! Please don't close the contest before the deadline, I´m designing some illustrations for your book cover project. Thank you!

    • 1 month ago
    1. ihvhadni
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      I won't close early. I look forward to seeing your entry. Thank you.

      • 1 month ago
  • dienel96
    dienel96
    • 1 month ago

    Hello, i think all the work posted here contain stock images. This is the reason that i posted an mixed art work (photomanipulation and 3d Daz elements) for your cover. The stock images used on the cover have link to the source (adobe stock photos library) and have copyright. In case you like my work and choose my cover as winner i will buy those images to make the high resolution cover for print (i have payed monthly subscription for the images). Regards!

    • 1 month ago
    1. ihvhadni
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      That's good to know, Diana. Thank you for explaining that. The main thing is for the black character to look like he is in his 50s. He is a university professor and quite slender and timid.

      • 1 month ago
    2. dienel96
      dienel96
      • 1 month ago

      You welcome! Pls check #32 entry. Thank you!

      • 1 month ago
  • ihvhadni
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    I've raised the prize money to £120 in light of the revisions some entrants are doing.

    • 1 month ago
  • ihvhadni
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    If your work contains stock images that need to be purchased, you will be rejected. If it isn't obvious why, then o can't help you.

    • 1 month ago
  • ihvhadni
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    I'm being strict now in rejecting entries by people who haven't read the description. If you can't even make the characters the race I have asked for or the ship looks nothing like the images and description I've posted then I have no time for it, sorry.

    • 1 month ago
  • farhannlabib
    farhannlabib
    • 1 month ago

    Can i know why you rejected mine? I made could make another charecters for you. If thats the case thn entry 3 pictures are totally from google

    • 1 month ago
    1. JulianIgMoreno
      JulianIgMoreno
      • 1 month ago

      Sorry, but you are wrong. I dind't take artworks from google and paste them into the cover. I took a lot of different pictures (with no copyrights issues) and I mix them all. For example, I merge three different faces to make the young character. Regards.

      • 1 month ago
    2. farhannlabib
      farhannlabib
      • 1 month ago

      Sry if you are hurt. Bt my character were made like you did .... and one of the 3 was totally mine .... some gave it here and he jst deleted my entry :(

      • 1 month ago
  • ihvhadni
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    IMPORTANT UPDATE: In the centre of the image I would like a depiction of the spaceship featured in my novel. I ran this contest several years ago when I first began work on the novel. I have attached an image of the winning ship design, which I own the copyright for, so please feel free to use that image or modify it, or just be inspired by it. The ship doesn't have to look exactly like this, but please read my description of it. It is the last image whose name starts with 55. The name on the ship is Curiosity

    • 1 month ago
  • naveen14198600
    naveen14198600
    • 1 month ago

    Hi contest holder ..be aware most of designer used stock image

    • 1 month ago
  • AlexandrShmidt
    AlexandrShmidt
    • 1 month ago

    Can you explain what you didn’t like? why the rating is 1 star? although the work is not just glued from stock images - as in those cases that you rated at 4 stars?

    • 1 month ago
  • JulianIgMoreno
    JulianIgMoreno
    • 1 month ago

    are we aloud to use internet pictures with out thinking in copyrights issues? Like this ones https://ar.pinterest.com/pin/390828073904264356/

    • 1 month ago
    1. ihvhadni
      Contest Holder
      • 1 month ago

      No. That is not acceptable. Thank you for pointing it out.

      • 1 month ago
  • ihvhadni
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    Do not submit without reading my information thoroughly and without looking at all of the example files I uploaded. Do not use my own images in your submission!!!! These are examples which I do not own the copyright for.

    • 1 month ago
  • ihvhadni
    Contest Holder
    • 1 month ago

    This project is for a book which is to be published. Copyright MUST be respected.

    • 1 month ago
  • AlexandrShmidt
    AlexandrShmidt
    • 1 month ago

    #sealed #16. What do you think about my work, sir?

    • 1 month ago

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