Daniel Schmelling

Daniel Schmelling - Designer

Stahnsdorf, Germany

Professional Freelance Artist & Graphic Designer, specializing in Science Fiction and Fantasy. I love space and the universe!

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Overview

Hello, my name is Daniel, as you probably guessed and I am a freelance artist and designer dedicated to environments, landscapes and scenery art, including space art, for different kinds of media such as for websites, books and more. Besides, I also provide photo editing and graphic design.
Very early on in my career, I had a kind of fascination with landscapes, space and environments. There are so many different kinds of characters in landscapes, from the good natured, like vibrant with water flowing, the sun shining between tree crowns, to the darker elements, like thunderstorms, deep gorges and volcanic skies.

My approach to new projects is very explorative, abstract, rough and open minded.

I use a high variety of tools and techniques to create the worlds envisioned for your book.
For example: 3D Fractals, Overpainting-Techniques, Textures, Mattepainting, Photo-Manipulation, Minimalism, Abstracting complex structures, Graphic Design.


Little inside on how your covers are being approached:

It is actually fairly simple.

1. Thumbnails and mock-ups for composition and story telling would be created first and also what elements should be presented to tell the viewer what the book is about. These are usually about 2 - 3 thumbnails. Sometimes, if the author has a clear vision about the cover, the thumbnail part is skipped.
Moodboard with references for colours, textures, elements and more will be made as well.

2. After the decision for a thumbnail that works best for the final cover, it would go into the stage of refinement and creating the final rendering. After the thumbnail as a foundation has been decided, minor changes and adding elements can be made, but they must not change the overall design.

3. Once the cover art is done or in a stage of getting done, the graphic design aspect with choosing fonts with the client and making them flow with the overall theme of the book would come into place.

Exchanging ideas and feedback happens via direct messaging on Reedsy.


---------------------Pricing---------------------

Ranging from 800 - 4000 EUR. ( Approx. $876 - $4379 )

-Standard project typically swims around 1000 EUR. ( Approx. $1095 )
-Least starts at 800 EUR. ( Approx. $876 )

-------------Artwork/Illustration-------------

Custom Artwork/Illustration for promotions, adverts, banners, booths etc.: 850 EUR ( Approx. $931 )
-Small(1/4 page size): 300 EUR ( Approx. $328)
-Medium(1/2 page size): 600 EUR ( Approx. $657 )
-Large(paperback cover sized): 850 EUR ( Approx. $931 )
-Very large(big poster size, banners): 1200 EUR ( Approx. $1314 )

-------------Book Interior Design-------------

I provide Book Interior Artworks/Illustrations/Graphics.
What I don't provide are editing or formatting services.


-------------Cover Design-------------

Ebook cover art and graphic design: 1000 EUR ( Approx. $ 1095 )

Print paperback cover art and graphic design: 1300 EUR ( Approx. $1423 )

Ebook + Print, paperback art and graphic design included: 1800 EUR ( Approx. $1970 )

------------- Additional content-------------

- Social Media Cover Photos: + 100 EUR ( Approx. $109 )
- Social Media Adverts (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Emailings, Website, Banner etc.) : + 150 EUR ( Approx. $164 )
- 3D-Mockups(five different views of the paperback book cover) : + 200 EUR ( Approx. $219 )
- Web Adverts and Emailing( 10 different formats for web and emailing ): + 150 EUR ( Approx. $164 )

It is also possible to request the "Additional Content" for your existing paperback cover, as well as standalone artworks or promotional art that represents or envisions the world of your book. This can also be done in combination for your booth at conventions or fairs in terms of banners or posters.


I always let payments to be made in installments, so that it can be managed in a flexible way. Usually I split the installments in several parts, but if the price is reaching a critical point for an individual, I grant the price to be paid in a monthly matter. Of course those payment plans can be changed, if the client is able to pay much faster than expected. The last installment is not neccessarily equal to the estimated finishing date, which means that the finishing date can be planned independently.

Do not hesitate to ask, if anything is unclear.

If you are interested and would like to work with me or have any questions regarding my service or work, please feel free to send me a request.

I am based in Germany so my design skills can be offered in both German(native) and English(fluent).

I look forward to your projects!

Cheers,

Daniel
Languages
English
Fiction
Dystopian
Epic Fantasy
Gaming & LitRPG
Post-Apocalyptic
Space Opera
Steampunk
Time Travel
Urban Fantasy

Awards

  • 3DTotal Excellence Award

Work experience

Freelance Artist and Graphic Designer

Self-employed
January, 2014 – Present (over 8 years)

Creating Promotional Paintings, Graphic Design, Photo Editing/Optimization/Retouching, Book Covers, Photo Manipulation, Concept Art, Backgound Art

Elve Illustration

Self-employed
November, 2019 – November, 2019 (less than a minute)

Elve illustration Science Artwork done for Science Magazine Vol 367, Issue 6474.

Elves are a round shaped halo very very high in the atmosphere that occur together with lightning, especially Blue Jets and Red Sprites, which are very large types of lightning that happen above thunderstorms.

Cloud Iterations Illustration

Self-employed
November, 2019 – December, 2019 (about 1 month)

Cloud iterations pictures illustrating the progress of lightning going through phases from the birth of lightning as a little spark to a gamma ray burst and elve and final stage of lightning we see with the naked eye.

Forever Fantasy Online Series

Self-employed
September, 2018 – April, 2019 (7 months)

Book cover illustration for the triple book series Forever Fantasy Online

Background Artist

Self-employed
November, 2016 – December, 2016 (about 1 month)

Background Art for exhibition America after the Ice - Man and Megafauna in the New World.

Featured Artwork

Self-employed
August, 2016 – August, 2016 (less than a minute)

Artwork featured "On The Edge" in 2DArtist Magazine Gallery.

Concept Artist/Skybox Artist

Self-employed
June, 2015 – January, 2017 (over 1 year)

Background Art, Skyboxes for Shallow Space Game.

Concept Artist

Self-employed
March, 2015 – September, 2016 (over 1 year)

Design, promitional paintings, concept art ingame content.

T.S. Orgel - der Blausteinkrieg Book Cover

Self-employed
January, 2015 – March, 2015 (about 2 months)

early concept art and scribbles fantasy novel.

The Art Of Daniel Schmelling Artbook

Self-employed
August, 2014 – May, 2016 (over 1 year)

Freelance Art / Design Project, Artbook Layout and Graphic Design

Graphic Design Print

Art Platz Berlin
April, 2014 – September, 2014 (5 months)

Graphic Design, Corporate Design, Digital Illustration

Portfolio (21 selected works)

Rewyn - The Mage

Ward, T.D.

Forever Fantasy Online (FFO Book 1)

Rachel Aaron, Travis Bach

In the real world, twenty-one-year-old library sciences student Tina Anderson is invisible and under-appreciated, but in the VR-game Forever Fantasy Online she's Roxxy--the respected leader and main tank of a top-tier raiding guild. In the real world, her brother James Anderson is a college drop-out struggling under debt, but in FFO he's famous--an explorer who's gotten every achievement, done... read more

In the real world, twenty-one-year-old library sciences student Tina Anderson is invisible and under-appreciated, but in the VR-game Forever Fantasy Online she's Roxxy--the respected leader and main tank of a top-tier raiding guild. In the real world, her brother James Anderson is a college drop-out struggling under debt, but in FFO he's famous--an explorer who's gotten every achievement, done... read more

Last Bastion (FFO Book 2)

Rachel Aaron, Travis Bach

Bastion was supposed to mean safety. It was supposed to mean a break from fighting for their lives and a chance to talk to someone who might actually know what’s going on. Access to their gold and some beer would have been nice, too. They got none of those things. When Tina and James arrive in the capital, they find a city on fire in more ways than one. Players and non-players hunt each other ... read more

Bastion was supposed to mean safety. It was supposed to mean a break from fighting for their lives and a chance to talk to someone who might actually know what’s going on. Access to their gold and some beer would have been nice, too. They got none of those things. When Tina and James arrive in the capital, they find a city on fire in more ways than one. Players and non-players hunt each other ... read more

Reflection: The Final Principle of Light (3)

Nicholas Authement

August and Riley have been separated in different pockets of time, AI partners swapped. In the past, Hoddgins discovers the unconscious August and failing Athena in the Garden of Eden, forcing an uneasy acquaintance. They along with others must put an end to the king’s destructive path before his scheme fully unfolds at the annual Festival of Life.Meanwhile in the present, Riley discovers Ares... read more

August and Riley have been separated in different pockets of time, AI partners swapped. In the past, Hoddgins discovers the unconscious August and failing Athena in the Garden of Eden, forcing an uneasy acquaintance. They along with others must put an end to the king’s destructive path before his scheme fully unfolds at the annual Festival of Life.Meanwhile in the present, Riley discovers Ares... read more

The Once King (FFO Book 3)

Rachel Aaron, Travis Bach

Leylia’s secret could unite them all or lead them to an eternity of undeath.After the loss of Bastion, everyone who’s not a zombie has holed up in FFO’s sole remaining safe haven: the lowbie town of Windy Lake. But the undead armies never rest, and it’s only a matter of time before the Once King’s forces come to crush what’s left of life in this world. But Tina, James, and the rest of the play... read more

Leylia’s secret could unite them all or lead them to an eternity of undeath.After the loss of Bastion, everyone who’s not a zombie has holed up in FFO’s sole remaining safe haven: the lowbie town of Windy Lake. But the undead armies never rest, and it’s only a matter of time before the Once King’s forces come to crush what’s left of life in this world. But Tina, James, and the rest of the play... read more

Somnas (The Monarchs Collection Book 1)

Patrick Ament

Once you've been bit by a drastworm, there's only one choice that matters. 'Die now' or 'die later'.Marya lives with her family on an isolated, peaceful farm in the land of Faya. Stories of heroes, magics, and grand cities are just that--stories. When Marya's eldest brother discovers that a lethal parasite has burrowed into his flesh, there's no hope of survival. The family must prepare to los... read more

Once you've been bit by a drastworm, there's only one choice that matters. 'Die now' or 'die later'.Marya lives with her family on an isolated, peaceful farm in the land of Faya. Stories of heroes, magics, and grand cities are just that--stories. When Marya's eldest brother discovers that a lethal parasite has burrowed into his flesh, there's no hope of survival. The family must prepare to los... read more

Lost in the Moments that Follow

Adam B Davy

"A beautifully wrought, highly interior drama that challenges you to look at the beating heart of humanity as it quietly bleeds." - Bill Moran, author of Oh God Get Out Get Out ------------------------------------------------- The crew of lunar outpost System One can not recall life before the Earth went silent. They call it 'the Black'. With their past erased, and in the wake of the planet's ... read more

"A beautifully wrought, highly interior drama that challenges you to look at the beating heart of humanity as it quietly bleeds." - Bill Moran, author of Oh God Get Out Get Out ------------------------------------------------- The crew of lunar outpost System One can not recall life before the Earth went silent. They call it 'the Black'. With their past erased, and in the wake of the planet's ... read more

Daniel has 27 reviews

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Tyler Ward
At this point, I’ll just say let the art speak for itself. Look up Rewyn - The Amnesiac and Rewyn - The Mage on Amazon and you will see the immaculate work he has done for me. This dude is top tier. Done ahead of schedule, constant updates, easy communication, and over all a great guy. Wish nothing but the best for him, and you definitely need to hire him if you are in need of an artist becaus...
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Tyler Ward, April 2022


Alan Priest
Daniel did a revision to my cover extremely fast, once again, terrific to work with!

Alan Priest, April 2022


Thomas Bruno
This is not my first review for Daniel, and I hope it won't be the last either. Daniel is such a great person to work with. Excellent art, speedy delivery, professional attitude, and the patience of a saint to boot! Seriously, he's your guy!

Thomas Bruno, April 2022


Alan Priest
Daniel was a pleasure to work with. We had terrific communication throughout the process and he paid close attention to my requests so the book cover matched my vision when it was finished. Highly recommend him as a cover designer and I look forward to working with him again.

Alan Priest, March 2022


Brendan OMeara
Daniel was an incredible resource and provided valuable insight on the cover he created for me. In addition, his communication was outstanding, answering all of my questions while delivering my requested materials without any delay. I would (and hopefully will) work with Daniel again on future books.

Brendan OMeara, March 2022

Daniel Schmelling
Hello Brendan, thank you very much for letting me being part of your journey. You provided excellent feedback and that is the fuel to the engine of design. I hope to be part of your series again! ...
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