I’m thinking something that shows both sides of the main character’s personality. Alex is in his early 30’s, scruffy, thin. He has sad, brown eyes. His instincts are violent; he wants to harm those he believes have earned it. He’s also full of love and raw emotion, but he’s afraid of himself and these feelings because of what has happened to those in his life. His mind is rotted from all he has done/seen. There is nothing he won’t do to avoid his instincts.
As for the back cover, I was thinking something that shows the pull he feels from these two people. One is a female (love interest). She’s in her early 30’s, ruby hair, eyes resembling sapphires. She’s kind, fit, and loving, but could handle herself better than most men.
The other is a male, early 30’s, well dressed, cocky. Think of an Irish criminal everyone knows but never hates because of how smooth he is. This is Alex’s best friend.
The cover should be dark in nature, but vibrant enough to garner attention. I don’t want just black and red for imagery and text. There needs to be a fine balance between grunge and eye-candy.
One possible idea for the cover was Alex in the present day, looking back ten years prior when he murdered two people with a bowling ball inside a bowling alley’s storage room.
Ideally I want a designer I can work with going forward. I don’t want to see 90% of the same designs. If your design stands out compared to the rest, you’re likely golden with me.
I’ve attached a few different covers for a basi idea of what I’d like to see.