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 A5 black and white illustrations, one per chapter. The job begins in February and should be finished by end middle of March. Don't worry, I already worked out the layout, composition and the look for the characters from each picture.
I'm looking more for a comic book artist than a proper book illustrator. Because this job requires characters shown in motion, something only a comic book artist has experience with.
Basically, the illustrations are like this: All illustrations have a big, flaming letter in their centre and the events and characters from the chapter play out around, in front of or partly behind the letter. They generally have a background of star-filled, cosmic space, or in a few cases, full background.
But those illustrations are not cartoons or caricatures, so the characters and objects in it must be drawn realistic yet exiting.
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. That is, the artist must be able to depict the characters either in natural, quit poses (talking, thinking, just standing around bored) or in motion (fighting, running, flying), depending on the individual illustration.
In fact, if possible, the artist must add speed-lines to certain characters in some chapters. (Speed lines are those lines that symbolize real fast movement of the characters, like in those old Superman or Donald Duck comics from before the mid-Eighties.)
And the characters in the illustration must not look as if their faces were just traced/aped from photographs. Each character must have his own individual and unique face, because some of them are children in Fantasy stories.
In other words, the art style must be crisp, detailed, and realistic, yet evocative of classic Fantasy. The artist must be able to draw adults, children, very muscular super-heroes, animals and mythical animals (such as unicorns, dragons or fairies) without problem. Despite the fact that, for the most part, only grown-up humans, gods, angels and super-heroes are depicted.
The artist should have a good sense for realism, as these faces and bodies are proportioned realistically (not stylized). 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, descriptions of how the characters in the pictures look (usually with a reference illustration) 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 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 250$, 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. Good Luck!