bakkejord got their new book cover by running a design contest:
The Throne Room - Fantasy ebook cover
Check out bakkejord's Book cover contest…
A Harvest of Broken Stars (Subtitled: A Starfall Novel)
Åsli & Bakkejord
Two authors, actually. Previously published three Viking fiction novels in Norwegian.
Dystopic fantasy in a medieval setting.
Adults and young adults who are into fantasy
Other color requirements
We envision a black background.
We're looking for an ebook cover for our latest fantasy novel. The setting is somewhat dark and medieval, and we want the cover to be associated with an important scene in the book - the throne room showdown. Attached is an image we used as inspiration for the throne room. The image is heavily copyrighted and not suited for the cover. Too many details, too much light and generally to pleasant. We want the cover to have a black background (if we decide to print it later, the book will be black). Below is how the throne room is described in the book, but we're not looking for an accurate or detailed representation. The throne and the large windows are important features. Should be darker outside. The book/series is called Starfall, so maybe there could be a falling star in the background? If it looks good, I mean. If possible, we'd like to see if we can have a double axe subtly leaning against the throne. Book excerpt: "Gilmir stepped into what undoubtedly was the throne room. The contrast to the city, in general, was stunning. The servants' entrance he came through was behind heavy red curtains hanging from the marble ceiling high above. Around him, green plants rose from huge vases, and a massive pillar of black stone stood to his left. A few steps in front of him and to the right, majestic stairs led up to a dais. The spacious room seemed to be empty if no one was hiding or standing on the part of the podium he could not yet see. Stalking forward, he came in full view of the dominating feature of the room. On each side of the stairs, there were gilded statues of some strange humanoid shapes riding creatures best described as winged toads. Their eyes and other features were outlined with green stones. Possibly emeralds or something resembling. Up the stairs, the dais came in view. On each side of the platform, curving stairs led to a second dais supporting a tremendous canopied throne. However, the throne was not what caught your eye when standing in front of the stairs. The most stunning feature of the room was the giant windows behind the high seat. Spanning the entire length of two corner walls, the windows revealed a breathtaking view of the city of Shacktown. This was the throne room of a king." (Nevermind the typos and commas, the manuscript will be edited and proofread).
What to avoid
Avoid stock photos if possible, distractions, glaring colours
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their book cover.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
bakkejord collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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