We are looking for a strong graphic concept for the book "Stardust" by Neil Gaiman. It should represent themes, characters or events from the book in a strong, silhouette style.
If you've read the book, this will be an advantage to you! The book focuses on young Tristan's quest to find the fallen star in the realm of fairie beyond the town of Wall. From witches to ghosts and flying pirate ships there is a whole magical world of images to choose from. PLEASE AVOID using anything directly from the movie adaptation.
There is a lot to play with, though we don't want anything too complicated. You should be able to look at it and think Stardust.
Make use of the silhouette style, don't fight it. Our "Clockwork Orange" design is an excellent example of this - the shirt, glass, milk and background work together without requiring a third colour.
Be wary of using too much detail as the spaces between the words and paragraphs will scramble your image outlines a little and make intricate shapes indistinct or unclear. Browse our website to get an idea of the sort of broad shapes which work best.
We are investigating some other fun options such as adding colour. This is a magical, mystical book and if you have ideas for how spot colour or tinting the text would enhance your design then we want to see them! We're even considering using a glow-in-the-dark luminescent coating which could really make your design come alive.
Some other guidelines:
Generally, if you need thin lines, they should be straight and horizontal. Curved and/or vertical thin lines will be harder to implement without scrambling the text and/or breaking up columns.
Less is more. A clever concept done simply is ten times as powerful as an intricate design that shows off your amazing detailing skills.
If you want to make the title central to your design that's fine. It will quite possibly be incorporated into the design somehow anyway.
PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT CONCEPTS THAT LOOK LIKE THE FINISHED ITEM.
We want to see your shapes as plain vector art, not what the finished product will look like. The positions of dialogue, chapter headings and suchlike mean the precise implementation of your concept will happen at our end. Don't make extra work for yourself! Just send over your best ideas.