Updated Morning of November 14, 2014:
I am looking for a whimsical cover. Playful is ideal. Colorful is
ideal (though it is probably best to include the Slovak national
colors of red white and blue) Perhaps more art brut rather than fine
art from the academy. Those words are all hard to define words that no
one agrees on, so I will spend some time saying what I mean below.
The target audience are adult Americans and other English speakers
with an interest in visiting a Slovak household. The book is a guide
to visiting a Slovak household and navigates and demystifies the
etiquette of the entire process from entering a home until the time
that you exit a home.
The cover will be entirely electronic for use in a guide dealing with
travel to Slovakia and visiting with Cousin Jano and his family. The
title is "A Visit to Cousin Jano's: A Guide to Slovak Travel" (With
the first part of the title being the more important part), the author
of the guide is Allan Stevo. The current size is 8.5 x 11 inches and I
only plan to release the guide electronically as PDF. This is not a
standard travel book, so I don't want its cover to look like it is
going to be the cover of a standard travel book.
Slovak national colors are red, white, and blue. The Slovak Double
Cross is present in the national seal. Bryndzove halusky is the
national dish. The Slovak Double Cross that appears on the flag and
national seal above three mountain ranges is a national symbol, Orava
Castle, Bojnice Castle, Bratislava Castle are national symbols. The
peak of Krivan as depicted on the back of the Eurocoins is a national
symbols. The entire High Tatras are national symbols. Fujara is a
specifically Slovak instrument. Google these things please and feel
free to add these into the design if you need design ideas. General
travel items like airplanes, passports, suitcases with stickers on
them all fit the same idea.
American artist Marek Bennet (http://marekbennett.com/tag/slovakia/)
draws in an aesthetic I think would fit well in this cover. Slovakia
is a fun place that doesn't tend to take itself too seriously. He
captures the playfulness of the place well. Fero Liptak (Google Him)
is a Slovak painter whose aesthetic would fit well in this cover. He
captures the dramatic of the place with the playfulness. While I think
hand drawn will be much more likely to create a unique memorable feel
and #8, #21, #27, #31, #50 are all taking this cover in the right
direction, it seems that the hand drawn aspect is discouraging
designers from doing this. If you would like to do a collage like the
background of Literary Bohemian (http://www.literarybohemian.com/)
that aesthetic could also be the right kind of aesthetic for this
More cliche is ideal for this kind of cover. I imagine that a drawn
original cover would be preferred over a photograph, but I am open to
all options. Please do not use photos that will cost additional money
in royalties. I am open to all ideas that you bring. Thank you in
advance for your help with this!
Below I am posting some examples of whimsical posters that I've seen today and will hopefully move us more in the direction of what aesthetic the cover will ideally be.