Book cover design for a science fiction, detective, noir novel, the first in a series of four. Need both the front and back cover, including spine. The title is "Rise of The Black Hand."
The concept will combine science fiction elements with a 'retro' style when it comes to fashion. Although it is set a few hundred years in the future, I want the characters to dress much like they would have in the 1930-1950's. For example, men would typically wear a full suit and tie, hats, and long overcoats, but you can certainly feel free to modernize the fashion to an extent. Don't get corny with it. Stick with the old world style and a touch of futuristic flair.
If there are any firearms visible, such as their duty pistols, give them a futuristic look as well. The main character wears his in a shoulder holster. The second male character carries his on his hip. This doesn't need to be shown, just some added detail if it is needed.
Agents in this story wear a "gauntlet" on their dominant hand, which extends midway up the forearm. It covers their hand completely and contains a miniature computer, video screen, etc. This does not necessarily need to be shown, but would be a nice bit of detail.
The story takes place in Seattle, Washington. It will probably be tempting to include some of the familiar Seattle skyline, such as the Space Needle. While I am not opposed to this, remember that the Space Needle is now VERY short compared to the rest of the futuristic city. That may be a nice visual in itself.
For the overall tone and feeling of the setting, think Mike Hammer meets Blade Runner/The Fifth Element.
I would like two of the characters in the foreground. 1. The main character. He is tall, lean, black goatee and hair, always in a suit, tie and hat.
The second character can be either the robot in the story--but if you are not comfortable with robots, the second male character will do nicely. He is shorter, somewhat stocky but not fat. Sandy blond hair, clean shaven. IF you go with the robot, he is not meant to be mistaken for a human. Other than that, he is human-shaped, bipedal, etc.
I would like to see a nice Sci-Fi city in the near background, with as much detail as possible. Cars, buildings, let your creativity run wild on this.
Stay away from light colors such as pastels. I want a rich, dark color palette. Even on clothing, lighting etc. Don't get bogged down by what is "usual." For example, on the long overcoats, don't feel like you have to use the same old tan. In fact, don't. Get creative on colors, but stay away from designs or stripes on the coats. Solid colors or gradations only. And if you use both human characters, their coats need to be different colors. Also, coats must match hats in color.
I want the overall color and feel of the cover to be dark, preferably set at night.
A cool logo or design for the series would be nice. A stylized "Black Hand" logo, symbol, etc.
I would like the Title and Author's name, C.J. Fella, to be displayed. The book will be available both in print and on Kindle, so I'd like the cover to be appealing in a thumbnail and in full-size view.