Looking for an illustrated Middle Grade Fantasy book cover design, but the type of book that works for adults as well and I'd like it highlight an aspect of the three main characters.
1. Lobo, the protagonist - a teenager best described as a young, untrained Bruce Wayne. He can't fight yet, but he has detective skills that develop through the story.
2. Devon: a bloodline to the Cherubim, an "angel with an attitude" who wants to be a guardian angel, but her attitude problems have kept her from advancing. She has a small set of wings and can't fly yet.
3. Vonqua: A "true" vampire who is a Scribe and writes with a set of Finger Quills that rest on two fingers to speed up his writing and is over 1,000 years old.
The primary image I want to represent Lobo is a silver medallion with a metallic wolf's face (facing forward) with blue, multi-cut gemstones for eyes that glow. This is something that Lobo wears on his neck.
I would also like a representation of the other characters, such as a set of wings for the angel and two fingers with Quills representing the Scribe, possibly hanging/holding over the medallion image or maybe on a coat of arms or something similar (artists discretion).
For a background, I'd like to the characters from behind/side as they enter a grand hall, or maybe just he hall itself. No full facial shots, just smaller images of them for background purposes.
Here are some of the descriptions of the characters/items.
The medallion description (main image):
Lobo reached inside his shirt and pulled out a silver charm and necklace. The medallion was the face of a wolf with eyes made of blue, multi-cut stones. Even in the dark room, the eyes glistened.
I picture a more metallic looking medallion.
Vonqua ("Vampie") the Vampire Scribe:
Wears two Finger Quills on the first two of its four clawed fingers. As one Quill/finger completes a word, the second finger leaps back over the first and to start the next one.
Description: The creature had a thin body and larger head with ears that pointed up like a bat and spiked hair. About the size of Potter's house elf Dobby.
Devon the Angel:
Cherub with curly brown hair, small wings - tough, but protective.
The building/hall they enter for possible background:
..The pair entered a long hallway in a room that was twelve stories high. The floor and walls were covered in a smooth material that Lobo thought looked like a mix of crystal and marble...
**UPDATE** Potential option is rather than using the angel wings and finger quills around medallion design, is making them part of background. For the quills, possibly showing two quill ends writing on a parchment/scroll/notebook - just another idea**
I also don't want it to look too cartoonish, more like the style of some of Rick Riordan's book covers, where the art appeals to a broader/older range as well.
Some examples of what I mean:
This is what I would consider too "cartoonish" and is what I do NOT want.