I'm about to publish a special super-hero novel. That book is divided in 26 chapters. For this book, I need 26 detailed, full page A3 black and white illustrations, one per chapter. I need the finished illustrations as scalable vector files.
Remember those small, hand-drawn illuminations that adorned old Bibles? Or small vignettes, like the 3 illustrations I attached to this job?
Well, our project will be similar. You're going to create drawings that come at the beginnings of the chapters of the book.
Basically, the illustrations are composed like this: All illustrations have a big letter in their centre (I'll give you a font so that you know how the letters are supposed to look) and the events and characters from the chapter play out around the letter, in front of the letter or partly behind the letter.
In other words, they're similar to the example vignette I have attached to this job. Except that they're super-hero vignettes, and hence, must be drawn in a comic book-like style and feature super-hero-themed characters and/or scenes. (And, of course, they don't have all those leaves, ranks, etc.)
The job starts in September and should be finished by middle to end of November. Don't worry, I already worked out the compositions of the illustrations, and you'll get an reference illustration for the characters from each picture.
For this job, I'm looking more for a comic book artist than a proper book illustrator. Because this job requires characters shown in motion (fighting, running, flying), something only a comic book artist can do properly.
With a few exceptions, the illustrations have background. (Also, keep in mind that this job is different from my other two "26 Illustrations" jobs.)
But those illustrations are not cartoons or caricatures, so the characters and objects in it must be drawn realistic yet exiting. Like super-heroes and other characters in comic books.
This calls, above all, for a very crisp and detailed art style. The finished illustrations must just look as if a pencil drawing was inked. The finished illustrations must be just as detailed and crisp as if they were pencilled first and then finished in ink. After all, you can't use sketches or pencil drawings as book illustrations.
Art style must meet the following requirements:
The characters must not be caricatures. They must be realistic and detailed drawn, yet be able to be utilized in fantastic scenes. Hence, the characters mustn't be in stiff poses.
In fact, if possible, the artist must add speed-lines to certain characters in some chapter illustrations. (Speed-lines are those lines that symbolize real fast movement of the characters, like in those old Superman or Spider-Man comics from before the mid-Eighties.)
The illustrations require a detailed art style.
At the beginning of the work, you'll receive a detailed PDF document from me. In this document, there are detailed instructions, reference illustrations of how the characters in the pictures look and how every picture is composed. I'll give you detailed instructions about just what exactly I need for each illustration. If necessary, the artist must be ready to make revisions to the illustrations.
Please attach at least 2 different, old b&w illustration samples to your bid/message, so that I can judge whether your art style is right for this job. Don't just link to your online-portfolio: I won't visit it.
Upon payment, all rights to the illustrations go to me. Budget is limited to 150$, but a positive (and detailed) feedback is assured. Although the feedback is NOT considered part of the payment but is something I give customarily for a very well-done job. And it has proven on other places to be a BIG help in getting new work for artists.
And, of course, your name will be named in the "impressum"/copyright page of my book as book illustrator, which fact alone should already generate some nice new marketing opportunities for yourself, as well: Congratulations, from that moment on you are officially a published book illustrator!
Okay, looking forward to your bids. Good Luck!