illustrator for a children's poetry book

  • Status: Closed
  • Prize: $520
  • Entries Received: 12
  • Winner: johnchhana

Contest Brief

I'm looking to self publish a book of poems for middle schoolers, in which the subjects are younger kids having common experiences - like getting scared by a clown at a birthday party. I need a proper, written and signed intellectual property assignment agreement along with roughly 30-40 illustrations. The cover of the book would need to be designed, too.

Clarification: I'm looking for black and white images, ink is preferred but not required for consideration. The cover can be color. I don't want to see clip art. If you want to show me your existing work, that's fine, but I want it to be applicable to some degree.

The title is:
POEMS FOR YOUR INNER CHILD
(that kids might like, too)

by Josh Walters

Poems will be attached in a Word Document that will be updated:

Coulrophobia


At first, it had been the usual crowd:

playmates and parents, none causing concern.

Then an interloper who was too loud

made Brett’s birthday party take a sharp turn.

He rolled on a bike with only one wheel,

honking his red nose like it was a horn.

Brett honestly didn’t know how to feel.

What did this have to do with being born?



Baffled discomfort welled up in Brett's throat

while the painted invader tossed round balls.

The alien orbs seemed to dance and float

and all the parents chimed in with catcalls.

The adults tried to keep things lighthearted,

telling the tots they should be having fun.

Brett wasn’t sure when the chaos started,

maybe all the kids just stopped being stunned.



Was it Brett who was the first to let loose,

or was it his baby sister Mary?

The spell broken, the kids had an excuse

to admit the freaky man was scary.

The playroom filled with the shrill sound of shrieks

from a collection of panicked toddlers.

Though the big red grin remained on his cheeks,

the man's eyes looked like the crowd was bonkers.

Soon, Brett’s mom spoke to the creepy weirdo,

after which he took a permanent break.

The kids' fearful tears continued to flow

until it was time for ice cream and cake.

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  • anushri89shriva3
    anushri89shriva3
    • 2 months ago

    Dear contest holder.... I am trying to upload my entry but it is showing submit entry failed

    • 2 months ago
    1. anushri89shriva3
      anushri89shriva3
      • 2 months ago

      Sir, I request you to please have a look a my creation.... waiting for your reply.

      • 2 months ago
  • anushri89shriva3
    anushri89shriva3
    • 2 months ago

    I think the time is up, but I was all done with all the submission process, since this is just my first entry, is there any possibility that I could submit now?

    • 2 months ago
  • Bribear521
    Bribear521
    • 2 months ago

    Are there any changes you'd like me to make to my most recent entries?

    • 2 months ago
  • ecomoglio
    ecomoglio
    • 2 months ago

    Hi, please check entry #49. Thanks!!

    • 2 months ago
  • artbybrandon13
    artbybrandon13
    • 2 months ago

    So I understand my drawings are not what you are after. Is it the style of pen and ink? Or is it just too thick of lines in comparison to the computer drawings of other artists? Or just my actual art style? Please help me out here, so I can adjust them to accommodate what you are after. Thanks

    • 2 months ago
  • artbybrandon13
    artbybrandon13
    • 2 months ago

    Can you please provide feedback for the sketches? Stars does not provide information as to what you want adjusted. Thanks

    • 2 months ago
  • theeerteeen
    theeerteeen
    • 2 months ago

    Please check and review #44 . That's my original style. Thanks.

    • 2 months ago
  • artbybrandon13
    artbybrandon13
    • 2 months ago

    Also, what is the timeline for the balance of the illustrations that you are wanting completed?

    • 2 months ago
    1. joshwalt2
      Contest Holder
      • 2 months ago

      I would say it'll probably be 1-2 months, since I'm going to add some to the total of poems.

      • 2 months ago
  • artbybrandon13
    artbybrandon13
    • 2 months ago

    I know you are after black and white illustrations, but are you wanting straight b&w line art or will you accept grey tones as well?

    • 2 months ago
    1. joshwalt2
      Contest Holder
      • 2 months ago

      sure, gray tones are fine.

      • 2 months ago
  • AHippySoul
    AHippySoul
    • 2 months ago

    #20

    • 2 months ago
  • kc013
    kc013
    • 2 months ago

    please check #31

    • 2 months ago
  • syncmasterman
    syncmasterman
    • 2 months ago

    #24 Check!

    • 2 months ago
  • fsohelbd
    fsohelbd
    • 2 months ago

    PLEASE CHECK #21

    • 2 months ago
  • aadarash
    aadarash
    • 2 months ago

    hello... I am a professional animator and illustrator...and has been working for 3 years...can you check my work on my profile or on my Instagram - @aadarash...

    or on my Behance page - https://www.behance.net/aadarashkumar

    and let me know if you like it or can be considered to match your requirements somehow...would love to work on this project.

    thank you

    • 2 months ago
  • mmmamon70
    mmmamon70
    • 2 months ago

    check my entries #7 #10 #11 #12 #13 ...these are book cover just. If you like this and want more then I can go ahead with you for all design. waiting for feedback.

    • 2 months ago
    1. joshwalt2
      Contest Holder
      • 2 months ago

      I’m not looking for clip art. I want something original.

      • 2 months ago
  • juandavid300798
    juandavid300798
    • 2 months ago

    The proposal for this contest is to make the cover of the book and the illustration for the messy party with the clown and the winner does the rest of the work or should we do all the illustrations?

    • 2 months ago
    1. joshwalt2
      Contest Holder
      • 2 months ago

      well, the "prize" would be for doing all of the illustrations - this is my first time using freelancer so I'm not sure I set this up correctly. With that said, I'll let people know if they're not what I'm looking for after seeing some of their work, such as with the clown.

      • 2 months ago
  • rezkifauzan98
    rezkifauzan98
    • 2 months ago

    kindly wait

    • 2 months ago
    1. joshwalt2
      Contest Holder
      • 2 months ago

      it's set for 14 days total

      • 2 months ago
  • JubaerMI
    JubaerMI
    • 2 months ago

    sir check my updated entry #16

    • 2 months ago
  • kc013
    kc013
    • 2 months ago

    Hi, what kind of illustrations do you like? Maybe you can give some examples?

    • 2 months ago
    1. joshwalt2
      Contest Holder
      • 2 months ago

      Google Shel Silverstein, use that as a baseline, please.

      • 2 months ago
  • alexfreelancepin
    alexfreelancepin
    • 2 months ago

    Hello how are you, the language of the illustration must be childish, dramatic, terrifying ...

    • 2 months ago
    1. joshwalt2
      Contest Holder
      • 2 months ago

      somewhat cartoonish, black and white, child-focused, humorous or touching, depending on the poem

      • 2 months ago

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