I have a collection of poems that I am planning on releasing as audio files and videos. I am going to have them professionally recorded in a couple of weeks. I am wanting a design that I can use as a possible source for a book design and also as a banner as my backdrop while I am being videotaped performing my poetry.
The title of the collection is ‘Musings of a Deranged Mind’. The word mind will then be crossed out and Muse inserted haphazardly over or below ‘Mind’. I am envisioning the title to be an elaborate font, but the word muse to appear to be printed. There will be other text on the cover as is typical with books, though this is not being published as a book yet. The other text will include author name and a subtitle.
One of the concepts I am envisioning is a caricature of my head with a muse coming out of it. In my mind, the muse is a goddess type figure. My poetry is wide ranging in topic and style. I have poems that are humorous, dark, feminist, spiritual, philosophical, love, longing for a future love and yearning for past loves. I imagine my muse to be beautiful, mystical, magical, creative, imaginative, humorous, intelligent, philosophical, spiritual, powerful, and feminist.
Somehow I would like an image to convey the concept that my muse and I are in collaboration with her passing ideas to me. This could be seen as whispering in my ear with my expression being one of wonder, admiration, or delight. With her whispering in my ear, coming out of my head may be a problem. I am not wedded to any particular idea and am open to ideas you may have. I would just like an overall feel of magical and mystical creativity.
To express the concept of my muses various personalities and magical powers, I also had the idea of perhaps having one queen muse coming out of my head and small images of others with one of them whispering in my ear and perhaps one with a magical wand, another with a beautiful curved sword with drops of blood dripping from it, one perusing a stack of books with titles like philosophy, cultural studies, wisdom of the world etc.
I see the background as a mystical, magical, fairytale night sky with a quarter moon with perhaps another muse sitting in the curve of the moon sprinkling magical, sparkly dust on the scene, with perhaps some flashing comets screaming across the sky as well. I see all of the muses as beautiful goddess types with wings and each of them with body types and attire and facial expressions that capture their particular characteristics. For Ex: The muse with the sword, I envision as a 007 type muse with pretty tattoos; perhaps a wreath of roses, maybe a colorful yin/yang symbol and then I thought it would be funny for her to have my name tattooed on her leg.
I want a computer file that I can work with. I would imagine I would need a pdf and possibly jpeg of the image, but I would also want a psd file if possible, to be able to use elements for web design and book cover concepts when I get to that point. A 3D image might be useful as well. This project will need to be done in color. As I said before, I am planning on using this design as a book cover in the future, so I will want it to look like a book cover, if InDesign used, probably in the 5 ½ X 8 ½ size range. I am hoping for a psd file so elements can be extracted for banners and icons in my website and I will want to post the artwork as an image for the sound files I will be selling and possible e-book format in the near future. I will also have my web designer blow it up and print it out as a life size, backdrop. He is suggesting something like 5’x7’. I only need the computer file, and he can take care of the rest.
I hope this explains what I am looking for. Please email me with other questions if you need more information.
I am u/l a picture of myself to draw the caricature from. I am not looking for outrageous or extremes in the caricature.