MG Book Cover Illustration

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I am a novelist in the final edit of a Middle Grade manuscript, with plans to self-publish by the end of 2021. My deadline for cover art is Nov. 1, 2021.

Typical MG novels have what I would call goofy cover artwork. This one is different. The subject matter is serious--grief and gender dysphoria. There is, however, humor and absurdity. Readers will both laugh and cry.

My initial concept for the cover is a close up of the main character, is a stick figure with a crooked grin (one of two twin girls) who lives on the back windshield of a car. She (he) transforms from generic girly-girl in a dress and pigtails to trans boy in pants and tank top--who has gone through hell and been stained purple. I want to convey strength and resilience, rather than tattered or abused. I need a cover illustration that is edgy, but not off-putting. And no Manga style, please. The illustration does not need to be highly detailed, just unique. If your illustration is literally a stick figure with no nuance, I could do that myself. The challenge here is to come up with a relatively simple character design that also somehow conveys a unique personality.

The characters in the story are not limited to staying stuck. The action takes place mostly in a campground in the Appalachian Mountains and on an Interstate highway. I do not want to show the entire family on the cover, just the main character, as described above.

One approach might be to show a close-up of his face, with other aspects of the story filling the "white space". With windshield "stick people" stickers, the ones shown on a car correspond to the family that owns the car. In my novel, "The Sticks," the Stick trans boy corresponds with a green-eyed human girl who dies between the first and second chapters. Much of the novel deals with this Stick person dealing with both the grief of having lost his/her human "twin" and the alienation of experiencing gender dysphoria. The green-eye human girl (with thick eyebrows) could be superimposed over the Stick person's face. Other key elements to the story are an overturned trash barrel and an empty highway.

This is a 100k-word work, not a graphic novel, however I am open to including additional, simplified stick illustrations on the page edges that "animate" when the pages are flipped with a thumb. I will attach the first chapter as a pdf in order to give you a better idea of the feel of the character.

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  • Makaerin
    Makaerin
    • 1 måned siden

    unlucky this ended beforehand... was the cover supposed to be this dark though?

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  • mkrathod51
    mkrathod51
    • 1 måned siden

    CH you got very bad test! It's not a appropriate cover! I had suitable designs which you rejected before at least better than this!

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  • bobfilderman
    bobfilderman
    • 1 måned siden

    An eye?

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  • MarialiPena
    MarialiPena
    • 1 måned siden

    Hi! I would really love some feedback on my sketched proposal, as the deadline is approaching I would like to start colorising and developing it! Thank you! :)

    • 1 måned siden
  • ashraf15tareq
    ashraf15tareq
    • 1 måned siden

    Check #46

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  • MoriumNasha1980
    MoriumNasha1980
    • 1 måned siden

    Entry #47 of 47

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  • daustinwalker
    Konkurrenceafholder
    • 2 måneder siden

    There are many types of "stick people" stickers for car windshields. Some are outlines, others are solid, etc. Google "windshield stick people" to see what I mean. The main character of this novel is a stick person, however I don't want a design so simple that I could draw it myself. The Stick family in this novel includes a dad, mom, two twin girls, and a dog. They represent the humans in the family that own the car, but they are not, per se, human themselves.

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    1. MarialiPena
      MarialiPena
      • 1 måned siden

      Hi! I hope this message finds you well, I've been meaning to ask you if you are not too busy, if I could receive some feedback on my sketched proposal. As I wish to know if it aligns with what you are looking for, so that I can continue with the colouring. Thank you! :)

      • 1 måned siden
  • MarialiPena
    MarialiPena
    • 2 måneder siden

    Hi, I have uploaded two proposals, you can find them as entry #33 and #34. Have a great day! :)

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  • jmvanbreda
    jmvanbreda
    • 2 måneder siden

    I'll work on it.

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    1. daustinwalker
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      • 2 måneder siden

      Thanks, Jaundre. Please keep in mind that I am looking for a close-up of the main character, who has changed her hair so that it is short. She is a trans boy with a crooked grin.

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    2. jmvanbreda
      jmvanbreda
      • 2 måneder siden

      Oh. Sorry. I get it now.

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  • mkrathod51
    mkrathod51
    • 2 måneder siden

    You need only one girl character on the cover...not whole family! Am i right?

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    1. daustinwalker
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      • 2 måneder siden

      I only need one character, correct, a close-up of the girl's face after she has made the transition to being a boy.

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    2. mkrathod51
      mkrathod51
      • 2 måneder siden

      OK ..i am working on it....

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  • juandavid300798
    juandavid300798
    • 2 måneder siden

    Hi, Can you provide me the size or format of the cover has?

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    1. daustinwalker
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      • 2 måneder siden

      Probably 6 inches wide x 9 inches tall

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  • mkrathod51
    mkrathod51
    • 2 måneder siden

    Hi anyone there?....feedback please!

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    1. daustinwalker
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      • 2 måneder siden

      Rathod, thanks for your entry, I can see you put some thought into it. The concept of the boy and the girl leaning against each other is clever, however it's not really the direction I want to go in though. The "boy" in the book is the same person as the Stick girl, just transformed. He is not a full-sized human. Thanks again.

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  • jmvanbreda
    jmvanbreda
    • 2 måneder siden

    I really like the symbolism of purple in your story. Very creative. It sounds like a gripping novel. :)

    • 2 måneder siden
  • PayVayUA
    PayVayUA
    • 2 måneder siden

    I want to clarify. The main character is a twin girl who lost her twin sister and became a purple boy?

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    1. daustinwalker
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      • 2 måneder siden

      That's somewhat accurate. There are two sets of characters: a human family consisting of a mom, dad, two twin girls, and a dog. And a Stick family (stickers who are on the back windshield whenever the car is being driven), consisting of the same characters. The Stick family is connected psychologically with the human family. Between the first and second chapters, the human girl Elizabeth dies. Her Stick person, Lizzie (Lizzie Lou) in effect loses the person closest to her. She is in grief. The main action takes place on a camping trip to the mountains. During the course of the novel, Lizzie overcomes grief and transitions to being a trans boy, named Lou. He his attacked by fire ants, then on the ride home, Lou falls off the vehicle. He is left homeless and injured and has to make a long journey to find home again. The purple stain is from blackberries, which are used as medicine to help him recover from his injuries.

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    2. PayVayUA
      PayVayUA
      • 2 måneder siden

      Wow, interesting, thank you. Soon I will provide my cover to see if the idea suits you, and I will be able to paint in detail.

      • 2 måneder siden
  • daustinwalker
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    • 2 måneder siden

    I uploaded the first chapter, plus here is additional guidance now in the project description.

    The illustration does not need to be highly detailed, just unique. If your illustration is literally a stick figure with no nuance, I could do that myself. The challenge here is to come up with a relatively simple character design that also somehow conveys a unique personality.

    The action takes place mostly in a mountain campground and on a highway. Do not show the entire family, just the main character.

    One approach: a close-up of his face, with other story elements filling the white space: a green-eye human girl with thick eyebrows, an overturned trash barrel, and a highway.

    • 2 måneder siden
  • scarletbamboo50
    scarletbamboo50
    • 2 måneder siden

    Hi, Do you have a title for the book?

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    1. daustinwalker
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      • 2 måneder siden

      The Sticks and with the subtitle The Girl on the Glass and the Boy on the Road

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  • Chbfsha5
    Chbfsha5
    • 2 måneder siden

    Dear . Here many people are CREATIVE BUT FRESHER. And don't understand full English , but they can differnt work by watching others ideas. So no need to sealed project. I hv observed . when any person sealed project so not come more entries. But you can do as you like. Thank you

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  • GatoCangrejo
    GatoCangrejo
    • 2 måneder siden

    Hi, I'm a little bit confused about "stick figure" do you want a thin shaped body? or an stick figure I mean 5 lines an a circle as head?

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    1. daustinwalker
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      • 2 måneder siden

      It needs to be more detailed than that. I can draw a simple stick figure myself. There are many types of "stick people" stickers for car windshields. Some are outlines, others are solid. Some have team banners and jerseys to represent sports teams. Google "windshield stick people" to see what I mean. The main character of this novel is a stick person, however I don't want a design so simple that I could draw it myself. The drawing should have more detail than what you would observe when driving behind a car with a "stick family." The Stick family in this novel includes a dad, mom, two twin girls, and a dog. They represent the humans in the family that own the car, but they are not, per se, human themselves.

      • 2 måneder siden
  • creativewavesco
    creativewavesco
    • 2 måneder siden

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    1. daustinwalker
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      • 2 måneder siden

      done

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  • mkrathod51
    mkrathod51
    • 2 måneder siden

    OK i am interested...please #guaranteed

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    1. daustinwalker
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      • 2 måneder siden

      done

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  • daustinwalker
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    • 2 måneder siden

    This gig is now guaranteed.

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  • mdabu121
    mdabu121
    • 2 måneder siden

    Is the name of the book goofy cover artwork?

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    1. daustinwalker
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      • 2 måneder siden

      Funny

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  • GatoCangrejo
    GatoCangrejo
    • 2 måneder siden

    Hi again also when you say "is not a human" different shape of de body or blue skin or wings or what?

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