This illustration is going to be a book cover. This contest is for the artwork that will become the whole cover, from the front, spine, and to the back of the book. After this contest, I will use your artwork as the base for my book cover.
I've attached a book cover sizing diagram to this contest. I will need the focal point of the illustration in the "Front Cover" area, while the background/backdrop of the illustration can wrap around from the front to the back. I will also need the illustration to be around 9.5 inches tall and 7.5 inches wide (or a smaller size with the ability to scale up smoothly). The main "Front Cover" and "Back Cover" areas will be approximately 4.25 inches wide. No need to worry about font or text, that will come in another contest. Right now I am looking for fantastic art.
Book premise: Gladiators fight in the distant future at the behest of mega corporations. Think of the movie "Gladiator", but in the "Blade Runner" universe. The main character is a man with large, robotic arms and legs that have huge claws as weapons. His battle helmet looks like a mechanical wolf's head (he's basically a futuristic werewolf).
This is my idea:
I've attached an album cover to this contest. I really like the style the skull has been drawn in . I would like to have a mechanical wolf skull drawn in that style. I would like it to be colored in a 1980s futurism scheme (teals, pinks, blues, purples)(I've added an image for the color palette example). The background will probably not be very visible on the front cover, as the skull will take up a lot of room, but as the illustration moves to the left (toward the spine and back cover), I would like the background to be a cyberpunk cityscape of a similar color scheme, though a little more subdued. I've done a quick example of the format I am looking for (as you can see, I need a professional artist! My example is also not a template. It's not exactly what I'm looking for or the colors I want, it was just a quick display to show what I was talking about in my description).