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Steven Brust: “A masterful storyteller of contagious glee and self-deprecating badassery” —Skyler White

Contest for Artists


ETA: I’ve learned that contests like this are frowned on by artists.  Ooops.  Sorry.  I’ll just let this run out and not do it again.

Okay, here’s the contest:

To create a logo for The Incrementalists.  I need, in fact, two pieces of art related to this:

1. The constellation Crater using a style similar to the book cover.  See here.

2. An hourglass logo (possibly with an “i” in it, if that looks good; not necessary).

At some point in the future, it would be cool to do some animation of those lines and stars from the cover forming into the constellation, then forming the hourglass; but that’s up the road. For now, we just need those two things.

Winner gets an autographed copy of The Incrementalists, or, if preferred, an advanced reader copy.

Contest runs from now until 6PM Central Time Wednesday.

ETA: Okay, I’m an idiot. That was Wednesday the 27th, which I ought to have made clear from the beginning.  Sorry!

Post entries, or links to entries, here.

Those not submitting (or even those who are) are welcome to make comments about the various pieces, but there won’t be a vote. Skyler White and I will choose, possibly with input from Adam Stemple, Felix Straits, or a few others.



Author: skzb

I play the drum.


  1. Taking instructions well? Poppycock! (I trust people with actual artistic talent will participate; this is just what came to my mind, nesting the hourglass inside of the “i” – perhaps in the hands of a more skilled practitioner, this could be made not to suck.)

    [Warhol] [Warhol] [Warhol] [Warhol] [Warhol] [Warhol] [Warhol] 😉

  2. If you can’t pay an artist, you might at least offer a prominent credit for the work.

  3. skzb

    It’s not going in a book, just on a web site. That said, absolutely. Prominent credit seems completely reasonable.

  4. Two pieces of art as in two separate pieces or both concepts together?

    Also, what sort of dimensions are you thinking of? Is it for a horizontal placement or a vertical one or does it matter?

  5. skzb

    Two pieces.

    Dimensions: Don’t know; but should be clean enough to work as a logo on a web site–in other words, fairly small. Like, say, what you’d put on a letterhead.

  6. All right, here’s what I came up with (and the bonus story of why I came up with it).

  7. Update: my link above now has a Crater treatment in it.

  8. skzb

    Skyler and I are kicking it around, and should have a result within a day or two.

  9. I don’t consider myself an artist, but I’ve devised an hourglass logo.

  10. Without my tablet, this was way more difficult than I expected. Let this be a lesson: When moving to another country, remember to bring ALL your toys.

    Classic Hourglass
    ‘i’ hourglass
    Golden Hourglass

  11. And here’s my attempt at Crater.

  12. skzb

    Thank you all; they look lovely. Apologies again to anyone who was offended; I hadn’t realize the art contest thing was verbotten. Skyler and I will make a final decision today. I think.

  13. I found a bit of inspiration this morning, which didn’t leave me with much time…

    (I’m sure if I had allowed for more time and I actually knew what I was doing, it could be a lot better.)

  14. You could have just asked me, Steven. But then, you probably don’t remember who I am. Ah, well, no biggie.

    Hourglass (This is a GIF with transparency, so put it in front of any background you wish.)

  15. You know how contest judges say, “They were all really good?” I get that now. They were.

    Skyler and I have decided to with Chaosprime’s. However, we also want to give Nicky something because it was really cool; so, Nicky, either a signed copy of the book, or an ARC. And whichever one she doesn’t pick, the other will go to richardabecker.

    Again, my thanks to all of you.

  16. I can’t complain about that!

    A signed copy of the book would be great, thanks!

  17. Cool! Sometime in August, email me a reminder along with your mailing address.

  18. Nicky: Turns out the ARCs are available now. If you want an ARC, I need an email address for you. Mine can be found in the “about” section of this blog.

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