If you’ve written a book belong to the fantasy genre, or one of its sub-genres and need a cover designed for it, below we’ve featured 13 of the best fantasy book cover artists.
An Oregon-based business, Bookfly Design consists of a small team which involves James T. Egan and Kira Rubenthaler. James has 12 years of experience in book design, print, and in advertising, and he has spent 6 years designing covers for audiobooks. At the same time, Kira has an MA in Teaching and English Education, and she has gained vast work experience as a proofreader and newspaper editor, among others.
They can provide e-book cover design for $649 and print book cover design for $799. When it comes to the first service, premade templates are never used, but rather custom designed, and the price also includes an unlimited number of both stock and 3D images. The second one involves all the services within the e-book package, but it also provides you with a front, back, and spine design.
Before making a decision, you can check out some of their fantasy titles, such as The Mayfair Moon, by Jessica Tacu and Sorceress Kringle by Joseph D’Agnese. If you have any questions, feel free to contact them here.
Living in Columbus, Ohio, Jennifer Zemanek is the founder of Seedlings Design Studio. Although the business didn’t start with book cover design in mind, the experience she gained as a book review blogger, combined with her passion for everything related to the field made it possible.
In terms of services, Jennifer can provide book cover design starting at $550 – this includes interior graphics, chapter headers, title page images, and many others. Even more, she can also do promotional and swag design, including fantasy maps, bookmarks, and bookplates. Since every project differs, there are no standard prices displayed online.
Make sure to check out her portfolio as well – you will find fantasy titles such as The Flight of the Darkstar Dragon, by Benedict Patrick and Of Blood and Deceit, by Rachel A. Collett. Once you make a decision, you can find her contact details here.
The owner of a book cover design business, Lance Buckley is currently based in Charleston, South Carolina. During his career, he has gained experience as a design account specialist for Kindle Direct Publishing and for CreateSpace. When it comes to his approach, Lance works one-on-one with both publishers and authors, as it allows him to better discuss the details of each project.
Book cover design services start at $300, but there are no standard fees, as they vary depending on the client’s requirements. However, you can request a quote here – all you have to do is provide him with information regarding your work.
If you want to check out his design skills, you can look up Time Machine, by H. G. Wells, The Lost Dawn, by Dan Neil, and The Last Descendant, by Kristina Kairn. To inquire further, you can complete this form.
Living in Greensville, South Carolina, J Caleb founded his business in 2017. Since then, he has been creating high-quality book cover designs using digital painting and 3D modeling software, thus being able to manipulate scale and perspective in an original manner.
If you choose to work with him, you will have to pick between two main services, respectively between custom cover ($400), which includes four rounds of revision, a full cover layout, an eCover layout, and a $50 non-refundable deposit, and premade cover ($150), with changes available at an additional fee.
Luckily, he has a vast portfolio displayed online, where you can find fantasy titles such as Fate of Wizardoms – Legend of Shadow Mar, by Jeffrey L. Kohanek and The Blackest Heart, by Brian Lee Durfee.
In case you want to reach him, you will first have to complete the contact form at the bottom of the page.
Founded in 2014, the JD&J Design business is based in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The team can provide four packages – Essentials is an entry-level package appropriate for both print and eBook covers, and it includes stock images, 1 round of revisions, 2 book cover design drafts ready in a week, as well as a few other services, all at the price of $295. Professional ($450) is a package available for eBook covers only, and it involves unlimited Photoshop work on the 3 drafts you will receive, 2 rounds of revision, a display-ready JPEG, and more. The other two ($550 and $650) are also available for eBook covers only, and they provide the benefit of having promotional links of your book posted for their 12k social media followers.
To check out their fantasy design skills, you can search for Burning Lies, by JP McLean, as well as for Unwinding Secrets, by S. Elizabeth Dover. If your questions remain unanswered after visiting their website, you can ask them here.
Originally from the United States, Ravven now lives in the UK. She is a web developer and designer who specializes in SEO, information architecture, and in UI/UX design, which she usually provides for ecommerce and social networking sites.
In terms of services, she can also provide book cover design for projects of YA, fantasy, and science fiction. For both eBook and print formats, this service costs $500 – you will receive a .PSD file, a full-size version, all mockups and proofs, 2 promo files, and a few others. For the print on demand book templates, her requirements are listed here.
To find out more about Ravven, don’t hesitate to contact her using the form displayed online.
Brad Fraunfelter is a Los Angeles-based book illustrator who also provides book cover design. After receiving a BA in Visual Arts from the College of Fine Arts of New Paltz, he started his career as a freelance photographer’s assistant. Later on, his passion for science fiction and fantasy illustration came to be noticed in several pieces of work published in the Advanced Photoshop Magazine, as well as in the Imagine FX magazine.
In terms of book covers, you can check out The Gordian Knot, by Christopher G. Nattall, The Andarian Affair, by Loren K. Jones, and The Fight for Immortality, by Peter Arthur. If you’re looking for prints you can purchase, you will find them in his Portfolio.
There are no specifications regarding his services or his fees on the website, so you’ll have to reach him in order to find out more.
Based in Whiteriver, Arizona, Amanda L. Matthews is the founder of AMDesign Studios. The business has received numerous awards for the book covers created, and their list also includes NY Times Bestseller covers and USA Today Bestseller covers.
In terms of genres, they have three main categories, respectively YA & Adult custom covers, custom middle-grade covers & illustration, and children’s book illustration. The first one includes costs of $250 for eBook and $300 for eBook + print. If you choose the more expensive one, they will design one concept for your project – however, if you want another one for the same book, you will have to pay $100 less for it. To check out their fantasy design skills, make sure to search for Beyond Orion, by Laura D. Bastian, Fire & Ice, by Michele Barrow-Belisle, and Dark One’s Mistress, by Andrea Alien.
If you have any questions left unanswered after reading the information displayed on their website, feel free to contact them here.
Located in Massachusetts, US, Corvid Design is a versatile business which can provide book cover designs, full-scale custom illustration, typography, and many other such services. They specialize in working with self-publishers and small presses, and their main interest lies in stories which are worth sharing.
If you’re looking for a custom design, you have several packages to choose from – the Three Crows package ($389), for instance, involves one revision, two sketches, custom photo manipulation and type design, as well as a plain back cover for both print & eBook formats. At the same time, the Raven package ($565) will provide you with custom photo manipulation, two revisions, two sketches, web graphics, and a few others. To find out about the other three packages as well, click here.
Founded by Derek Murphy, a book design and indie publishing design specialist, Creativindie is a business located in Portland, Oregon.
Derek provides three main packages named after famous figures, respectively after Dali, DaVinci, and Warhol. The Dali package is available for the eBook format, and it includes one concept, three revisions, one 3D mockup, and a few others, all for $349. The DaVinci one ($549) is the most popular, as it is available for both eBook and paperback formats – it involves one concept, 5 revisions, 3 3D mockups, and an ISBN barcode. The Warhol package costs $849 and it includes the most benefits – a full description can be found on the main page.
If you’re wondering about Derek’s portfolio, one of the fantasy designs you will find is the one used for Incorrigible: Secrets Past & Present, by Morgan Rich. Once you decide to work with him, you will find his contact information here.
11. TS95 Studios
Founded in 2014 by Hampton Lamoureux, TS95 Studios is a business located in Saint Petersburg, Florida.
He provides custom book covers for both eBook and print formats, and the genres you will find in his portfolio are fantasy & adventure, urban fantasy, sci-fi & dystopian, action, thriller & mystery, horror & dark fantasy, as well as assorted fiction & nonfiction. You can check out Sirens Unbound, by Laura Engelhart, Fearless – Guardians of the Scroll, by K.Y. Tham, and Abomination, by Kimbra Swain to get an idea of his style. If you’re not looking for a custom design, feel free to browse his premade book cover shop – maybe you’ll find something appropriate for your project there.
In terms of services, you can choose between the eBook only package, which includes up to 3 revisions, a delivery of the first draft within 2 weeks, and a few others, all for $250-$300, and the full print cover package, which includes both eBook and print cover design, and costs around $350-$400.
To learn more, contact Hampton here.
12. Book Beaver
Located in the UK, Book Beaver is a book cover design and illustration business which provides services for both self-publishing and indie authors.
Book cover design services for the eBook format start at £250 and involve unlimited revisions, licensed images & fonts, 3D marketing images, and bespoke design. At the same time, the ones for paperbacks start at £350 and are the same ones provided for eBooks, but they also include front, back, and spine design and an ISBN barcode. To begin your collaboration, you have to reach them and give some information about your project, and a 50% deposit will be required after you manage to come up with a design idea together.
Before making a decision, you might want to check out their portfolio. A few fantasy titles you will find are Palom and Moroda, both by L.L. McNeil.
If interested, you can get a quote here.
13. David Moratto
David Moratto is a book cover designer based in Toronto, Ontario. In terms of education, he has a diploma in Desktop Publishing from University of Toronto and one in Advertising and Design from Humber College.
Besides book cover design, David provides custom book ornaments, image preparation, manipulation, restoration, and colorization for print, and a few others. If you want to see some of his work in the fantasy genre, make sure to check out The Battle for Life, by Lucas Ryan and The Adventures of Grandmasaurus, written by Caroline Fernandez and illustrated by Shannon O’Toole.
To request a quote, you can reach David here.
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