We're looking for an image to use on the cover of "Henderson the Hedgehog", to be published in December 2013. In addition to the prize for this design, we'll give the artist credit on the back cover and on the copyright page!
This story was written by John Dony, a wonderful adventure story writer in the UK. The story is about a naughty little hedgehog that sets off on an adventure that changes him the hard way - he actually dies in the story and goes to heaven to negotiate with the Hedgehog King for another chance. He does get a generous chance to go back to Earth, but only temporarily and with conditions. He winds up fulfilling his mission and saves his family home and forest from demolition by local developers. It's a funny and touching story that will inspire little environmentalists and appeal to kids that love adventure stories.
For the cover image, we have something specific in mind, so we'll try to impart the image we're thinking about. We'd like to have the centerpiece of the cover, be Henderson the little hedgehog sitting on a cloud, with his little feet dangling down. He is an albino hedgehog with red eyes. So you will have to find a way to sit him on a cloud and have him show up against the whiteness of the cloud. If you want, you can put him in a pale colored little gown of a different color. He will have wings, so in order to make all of this show up well, it should be against a blue sky background. We thought about having a forest scene beneath him, with the name of his home, "Acorn Grove" carved on a wooden sign in front.
PLEASE, don't be exactly literal and then call it done. Feel free to take this basic concept and be creative. We want to see your ideas!
You don't have to worry about the title or the credits, we'll take your image, place it on a complimentary background color, and take care of the credits.
We'll try to check in once a day to provide direction and feedback. We can't wait to see your interpretations!