This contest is for the cover of the ebook "The Final Robertson" by K. E. Thompson. It’s a dark sci-fi thriller but also a love story about an upper-class government assassin who falls in love with a middle-class woman with a secret past. Thus, the cover needs to reflect that tone with dark neutral colors and a touch of softness.
Some ideas for a cover based on notable scenes or aspects of the novel are: (1) dark silhouettes of a man and woman holding hands, where the outline of her hand(s) is highlighted in some way, (2) a small ceramic giraffe painted yellow with different colored polka dots, having been absent-mindedly set down on a dark brown wooden bookshelf in a library is an important part of a major scene, (3) contrast between a rich upper-class Washington, DC, and a factory-type lower-class city, which portrays the worlds the assassin and the woman come from, respectively, (4) the profile of a Caucasian woman with brown hair and brown eyes or the silhouette of such a woman, sitting or standing, looking straight ahead (ie, head not tilted up looking at the sky nor down at the ground), with her hands folded on her lap, with attention being drawn to her hands. Or (5) Any combination of these.
The above are just suggestions, and other ideas are certainly welcome. I am not looking for anything mystical/fantasy, but rather dark and subtle.
The size needs to have a height/width ratio of at least 8:5(1.6), minimum 625 pixels on the shortest side and 1000 pixels on the longest size -- for best quality, 2500 on the longest side. It CANNOT exceed 10 000 pixels on the longest side.
JPG Image must be less than 50MB with as little compression as possible and 72 dots per inch (DPI).
Since it is web-only, it needs to be RGB without color separation.