Daniel Schmelling

Daniel Schmelling – Designer

Professional Book Cover Art and Design, specializing in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Epic, surreal environments and wonders of space.

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.


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-Standard project typically swims around 1000 EUR.

-Least starts at 800 EUR.


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Custom Artwork/Illustration for promotions, adverts, banners, booths etc.: 850 EUR

-Small(1/4 page size): 300 EUR

-Medium(1/2 page size): 600 EUR

-Large(paperback cover sized): 850 EUR

-Very large(big poster size, banners): 1200 EUR


I provide Book Interior Artworks/Illustrations/Graphics.

What I don't provide are Book Interior Design,- Interior Layout or Formatting services, yet!

I am expanding my skills to that field now, so that I can offer a broader range of services for your books.


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Ebook cover art and cover typography/lettering/layout included: 895 EUR


Print paperback cover art and cover typography/lettering/layout included: 1395 EUR


Ebook + Print, paperback art and cover typography/lettering/layout included: 1700 EUR


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- Social Media Cover Photos: + 150 EUR

- Social Media Adverts (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Emailings, Website, Banner etc.) : + 150 EUR

- 3D-Mockups(five different views of the paperback book cover) : + 280 EUR

- Web Adverts and Emailing( 10 different formats for web and emailing ): + 150 EUR


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

Services
Fiction
Dystopian Epic Fantasy Post-Apocalyptic Space Opera Time Travel Urban Fantasy
Languages
English
Awards
  • 3DTotal Excellence Award
Certifications
  • Communication Design BTK Berlin

Work experience

Self-employed

Sep, 2018 — Present

Book cover art and design, typography and layout of the cover.

Working on various books and book series e.g. Crimson Lucre, Song of Kamaria Series, A Sanctum Of Swords, The Monarchs Collecion Series, Forever Fantasy Online Series, Rewyn Series and standalone illustrations exclusively for books.

Self-employed

Jan, 2014 — Present

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

Self-employed

Nov, 2019 — Nov, 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.

Self-employed

Nov, 2019 — Dec, 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.

Self-employed

Sep, 2018 — Apr, 2019 (7 months)

Book cover illustration for the triple book series Forever Fantasy Online

Self-employed

Nov, 2016 — Dec, 2016 (about 1 month)

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

Self-employed

Aug, 2016 — Aug, 2016 (less than a minute)

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

Self-employed

Jun, 2015 — Jan, 2017 (over 1 year)

Background Art, Skyboxes for Shallow Space Game.

Self-employed

Mar, 2015 — Sep, 2016 (over 1 year)

Design, promitional paintings, concept art ingame content.

Self-employed

Jan, 2015 — Mar, 2015 (about 2 months)

early concept art and scribbles fantasy novel.

Self-employed

Aug, 2014 — May, 2016 (over 1 year)

Freelance Art / Design Project, Artbook Layout and Graphic Design

Art Platz Berlin

Apr, 2014 — Sep, 2014 (5 months)

Graphic Design, Corporate Design, Digital Illustration

Portfolio

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Somnas (The Monarchs Collection)

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Blackworth (The Monarchs Collection)

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The Monarchs Collection (The Malicide Saga)

Ament, Patrick

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Rewyn - The Amnesiac

Ward, T.D.

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Children of the Origin Project

Rubin, Asa

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Diary of a Chronic Suicide

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SkyWorld Saga Foundation

Priest, Alan

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Rewyn - The Mage

Ward, T.D.

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Cut From Stone (Crafting Humanity Book 1)

O'Meara, Brendan

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Runeheart (Runeheart Saga Book 1)

Marchetti II, Gino C. R.

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Forever Fantasy Online (FFO Book 1)

Rachel Aaron

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 an... read more
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Last Bastion (FFO Book 2)

Rachel Aaron

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... read more
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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... read more
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The Once King (FFO Book 3)

Rachel Aaron

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 t... read more
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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 ---------------... read more
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Arisen (The Shards of Etherious Book 1)

Crooks, Colin J.D.

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Daniel has 47 reviews

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Corey J.

Corey J.

Dec, 2023

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The cover design that Daniel Schmelling has created has raised the quality of my book of poetry to a whole new level! My book's thematic concept has been so phenomenally rendered by Daniel in his cover art that I sincerely feel my book sales will be indubitably heightened by his ingenious creative flair. Daniel has also been an excellent correspondent during our collaboration. He has always mad...
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Brian R.

Brian R.

May, 2021

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From the fonts he used, to the photo-realism I sought for my Sci-Fi Thriller book cover, Daniel met or exceeded my expectations. I look forward to working with him for my entire series.
Daniel S.
Thank you very much for choosing me for the series and I am very honored to be part of it. I look forward to the next books! You are very nice to work with as well and this hopefully marks a long-t...
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Thomas B.

Thomas B.

May, 2021

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Daniel is awesome to work with! I've now worked with him multiple times and I plan to do so again. His covers always draw attention and stand out in a crowd. Great work yet again!
Daniel S.
Thank you very much again for being part of this awesome project. Once again, I look forward to the next projects very much. Cheers, Daniel
Michael Q.

Michael Q.

May, 2024

Daniel was incredible to work with! He was responsive and professional. He was able to craft and improve on the ideas I had and bring my book cover to life! Highly recommend!
Corey J.

Corey J.

May, 2024

Daniel's illustrations for my book are absolutely spectacular, each and every one! They have added an indescribable allure and magic to my poetry which has been unbelievably mind-blowing. Daniel was also a gem to work with, always communicating in great detail about any changes in pictures and schedules. His approach is positive and supportive at all times, a delight. I am so grateful to have h...
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