Strong preference to covers that use digital painting/art and edited images of digital paintings/art. Not much preference to photo-manipulation covers that use realistic images.
What I want:
A landscape scene, with focus on the protagonist. He is in armor (black armor with few streaks of silver. Has a lot of sharp cuts) and has a sword in his hand (Black sword, a purple crystal jewel embedded into the point where the sword starts from the hilt). He has a helmet on, and his eyes can be made to glow silver/grey through helmet if it looks good. You are free to experiment with armor and helmet design as you see fit. He needs to look badass basically. (Images attached for reference material). There also should be a HUD interface in front of him, so a screen of translucent white. (Image of book cover attached for reference). I'd prefer if he was standing on right side looking towards left (similar to image I attached). But if you find that a better position makes it look more badass feel free to make the change! I'd encourage that you explore things your own way if you can! :)
The landscape the protagonist is in is up to you. (I'd prefer something that seemed dark or mysterious if possible)
Reference guide to images attached, and why I liked them-
1 - Image of man in battle (I love the epicness to this and the posture he is in. I like how the soldiers are present but are drawn in outlines so there isn't too much detail on their portrayal, meaning focus is only on the man in the middle) [NOTE: I really love this image, so trying to do something similar, with a little tweaking, would be preferred]
2 - Image of skeleton lord (I like the epic feel and posture of the character. I don't like the skeleton concept however.)
1 - Sword with purple aura (Love the purple shade used in the image. I like how there is a jewel on the sword base as well)
2 - Woman with sword (Love the size of the sword and the unique design. It makes the weapon look very powerful)
3 - Sword with blue aura (Like the design, and the way the aura was drawn around the weapon)
1 - Adventures on Terra book cover (I liked the way the HUD screen is displayed in front of the protagonist on the book cover. However, for my cover, I don't need HUD to be too complex. There doesn't have too much detail on the screen. Just enough for people to know that it's something like a game screen)
Please feel free to message me if you have any questions on design, if you need more information about the book, or if you want to check if I think a certain element is what I want before you implement it in your design.
Note: This book series is a long series, so it is likely I will keep the winning designer from this contest and have him/her design the rest of the books too!