Setup to understand the questions:
For those who don't know, I've been writing a book; the first in a series. It's currently being edited, but once that is done I plan to find a literary agent and try to get it published. It might slow down the process, but I don't care, I will be illustrating the cover myself. I already did a preliminary painting for it (which you can see HERE if you'd like) but as time has past felt I could do better. I feel I only touched on some of what I wanted to accomplish with that piece so I'm re-doing it. The thing I know I want is for it to feel like a movie poster. Not like movie posters of today, but more like they used to be... like the kind of work (one of my all time favorite artists) Drew Struzan did.
So, that got me thinking. Why not just cast my book with actors and actresses like it was a movie? I'd still keep my basic designs for the characters, like what they wear and whatnot. And I'd certainly only pick people that I feel look like my characters. On the other hand, because I'm not actually casting a movie, I can pick any actor from any time of their life and mix and match, because in the end, it's more about the art and representing my story in the way I want.
On the other hand, it could create confusion as well. People might not "get it" and begin to focus on the performer's I choose and/or think they are too old or maybe even dead, depending on who I pick.
So, I'd just like to here people's opinions to help me make my decision.
1. Do you think this is a fun idea or would you be distracted by it?
If you like the idea, please answer question 2. If not, you're done and thank you
2. If you like the idea, do you think it would be better to choose a cast as if it was a movie today, or pick differing people from all times?
Thank you in advance for your help!
PS* I'm nearly done with the freelance gig I've been working on the last few months and will be producing art to share here soon! More Potter art as well as others... like the cover for my book I'm asking about here. So, not much longer!