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3D Character Design for Book Cover

kira needed a new print or packaging design and created a contest on 99designs.

A winner was selected from 29 designs submitted by 10 freelance designers.

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Summary

Looking for an original depiction of a large phoenix in flight for a new print edition of the classic fantasy novel THE PHOENIX AND THE CARPET. Character should have gold feathers, with other colors (for tail and wing feathers, eyes, beak) too. Not cartoony or flat -- looking for somewhat 3D, photorealistic appearance. See brief for details and examples.

What inspires you and how do you envision the design for your business?

Desired Color Scheme:
gold, red, green, purple, blue - jewel tones

Desired Style:
3D photorealistic, fun, colorful and original

Accepted File Formats:
Layered PSD

The phoenix is a mythical exotic bird who, in this novel, guides some children on a magical journey across the world and time itself. Please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ph…the_Carpet to learn more about the original version of this children\'s classic. Our new edition is based on this material, updated for a modern audience. However, the setting and plot are basically the same.

The cover graphic shown on that page is one possible scene you might try to emulate, although we\'d prefer the phoenix to be much more prominent and visible. Show him in flight, perhaps with figures on a magic carpet in the background. Character itself should have primarily gold feathers, except for the tail and wings (which can use multiple colors). Think jewel tones -- rich, exotic, beautiful.

No anime, cartoonish or line drawing styles, please. The publisher wants to echo the 3D style of his other book covers:

http://www.falling-sky.com/sitepoin…ample1.jpg

http://www.falling-sky.com/sitepoin…ample2.jpg

http://www.falling-sky.com/sitepoin…ample3.jpg

Also, he wants the phoenix to be looking \"at the camera\" if possible. A 3/4 perspective is terrific.

BTW, these are paperback book size, 4.5 x 7.34 inches. The background will be a green gradient (see above samples), but you can use a transparent BG if you prefer.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

- We require layered Photoshop files.

- 300dpi minimum, since this is for print.

- Final artwork will be 4.5 x 7.34, including bleed.

- Original designs only. You must hold the copyright to any and all artwork in your design, and thus be able to turn it over to the publisher once the prize money is awarded. (As per Sitepoint\'s rules.)

- If none of the designs meet our needs, we reserve the right to cancel this contest without awarding a prize. We also reserve the right to close the contest early and award a winner if we find one that matches our ideas perfectly.

- Please do feel free to ask questions if you need clarification. This is my first contest as a contest-holder so I will do my best to make it a success for all parties.

What does a phoenix look like? Here are some examples:

http://www.amnh.org/exhibitions/myt…p?image=11

http://www.santharia.com/pictures/e…hoenix.htm

http://www.pheonix-az.com/Pheonix_Bird.htm

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