What I need is cover art for a book set in the 1950s. There must be a family on the cover: husband and wife and two sons.
The man is about 35 and must be in military uniform. The type of uniform is 1950s U.S. Army Class A type. He's highly decorated so please note he needs to have a lot of medals on his uniform. He is rugged, his face scarred, but not freakishly so. His hair is high and tight.
The mom has coppery-red hair, green eyes. She is stereotypically 1950s beautiful. The oldest son is 13-14 and is obviously his father's son. The younger boy is 9 and looks nothing like the dad and not much like the mom. Where the father and son have dark hair and blue eyes; the mom green eyes; the youngest boy has dark hair and brown eyes. The older boy has a haircut like his dad's; the younger one's head is shaved close.
I'm going to include some images of campy art from the 1950s that depict the American family as an absurdly happy ideal.
Now, the father is a serious combat vet and is seriously damaged. He's become an abusive alcoholic who is haunted nightly by what he's seen in war. He's not evil, but he is damaged beyond repair. His face and body language need to reflect that as much as is realistically possible.
The wife is wracked with shame and anguish. While her husband was at war she had an affair with another man and eventually bore a son from him (the younger boy). She endures physical abuse and the secret she has to keep from her sons about who their fathers actually are tears at her constantly. She's younger than her husband by about 8 years (she's 27).
The oldest son (again) looks exactly like the dad; just a younger version. He wants to be nothing like his father but will become exactly like him. He has a rage barely contained and an equal amount of anguish to go with that rage. At heart he's a good kid with a lot of character but he's doomed.
The youngest boy is different. He's not been as beaten up by life as the rest of his family, but he knows something isn't right. He valiantly tries to put hope and humor ahead of his gut feeling that tells him disaster is on the way.
Now, the images I'm going to include are going to be very campy. And I need that style for this book cover. However, it is absolutely essential that the characters I've described above not be portrayed in an over the top manner in regard to their misery and conflict. They must be utterly human set against the backdrop of an ideal that in itself guarantees failure. God, I hope that makes sense.
The name of the book is Crimson Idols. The title should be in a larger font than my name and while I don't want a full-on horror movie type of font, I would like a drop of blood here and there dripping from some letters in the title (no more than 4 bleeding letters).