I'm about to publish a fairytale novel: That is, a fantasy novel that utilizes classic fairytale characters like Hansel and Gretel, the Frog Prince and the Puss in Boots. That novel needs a cover. And that is where you come into play.
I need 1 illustration in detailed black and white line art that depicts the following scene:
In A3 portrait orientation, we see as background a typical fairy-tale landscape, with a fairy-tale palace. In front of it, we see huge, opened Book. That book is gigantic, much bigger than a human being, and it radiates a bright, radiant light. From out of the opened pages of the giant book walk many different fairytale characters toward the reader.
The illustration must be in detailed black and white line art. It is A3 in size. I need the finished piece both as a normal GIF and as a scalable vector file.
For this job, I'm looking more for a comic book artist than a proper book illustrator. Because a comic-book artist already knows what looks good. I am NOT looking for a logo designer or a photoshop artist: I need somebody who an draw characters, not somebody who can do tricks in Photoshop.
Those illustrations are not cartoons or caricatures, so the characters must be drawn realistic yet exiting.
But they must *never* look "cute" or adorable. Sure, when you hear "fairytales", your first instinct may be to make the illustration as sweet, cute and adorable as possible. But please resist that urge. Any form of "cuteness" must be avoided. Think of this assignment not as a fairytale illustration: Think of this job as an commission for a fantasy illustration, *not* for an children book/fairytale illustration.
This calls, above all, for a very crisp and detailed art style. The finished illustration 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. The artist must be able to draw men, women, children, animals and mythical animals (such as unicorns, dragons or fairies) without problem.
At the beginning of the work, you'll receive a detailed PDF document from me. In this document, there are detailed instructions, descriptions of how the characters in the picture look (usually with a reference illustration). I'll give you detailed instructions about just what exactly I need for this illustration. But if necessary, the artist must be ready to make revisions to the illustrations.
Please attach at least 1 older b&w illustration sample 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.
Work begins in September, 2016, and should be finished within two weeks (half a month). Upon payment, all rights to the illustrations go to me. Budget is limited to 20$, 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.
Okay, looking forward to your bids. Don't forget to answer all questions, to attach at least one old b&w line art sample of your past work (unanswered questions and/or missing old art samples will cause me to take you from the list of applicants) and Good Luck!