I'm really looking for a designer who would be willing to help me long-term for this series. It's large, expansive, and I have it planned out and organized so that I can guarantee it will continue. There are many books to come in this series, and I want to work with the same designer for all the covers if possible. The goal is to put out 2-3 books in this series every year.
I envision this cover to be in a realistic style with a lot of action happening. I would like the see the main character in an action pose (like from a scene within the book) on the front cover with some indication of where he's located (San Francisco)--like the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance or something. The character also will be wearing the first layer of his elemental samurai armor, which I can provide examples of. I have an illustration of the character I commissioned which I can provide as well. The main character, Ronnie Akkard, has blue hair and silver eyes, and I would like to have both of these features obvious. I will include images of comp titles that I feel are similar in mood and tone. Since the book is mainly action/adventure, I would really like to see the character in an action pose or in some representation that he's moving or fighting.
It's a modern-day story. A superhero story set in 2010 San Francisco. It's a team of samurai superheroes who are learning how to use their elemental armors without an instruction manual AND learning how to be a team when none of them have ever been good at teamwork. There's a lot of action, a lot of humor, and VERY strong characters. The story was inspired by the old anime Samurai Troopers (dubbed in English, Ronin Warriors).
Even though the story itself has a bit of a fantasy vibe, I would like the fonts to be SANS SERIF since it also has a lot of techie/sci-fi feel to it as well.
Some of the best examples of mood and style I think are the images from the Final Fantasy movies--the Japanese feel but the detail and realistic presentation.
Another element I would like to feature somehow is that the main character's armor is an ice armor. So if there's a way to put a frost effect on the corners or the spine, that would be amazing.
Additionally, I'd like the spine to be a dark blue color, if that's possible without causing issues with the front or back cover -- or running the risk that the spine will bleed over onto the front or back in the actual printing. Every book in this series will be written from a different character's point of view, so the idea of the different colored spines is to feature the color that goes with the character. This is a "nice to have" option, though. If it's too complicated, it's not essential.