Noir illustration for 2 (very) short stories

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  • Prize: $100
  • Entries Received: 2
  • Winner: MonsterMunch

Contest Brief

Hi

I am a writer involved in a project that produces books for adults (whose first language is not English) with very low reading ability.
This contest is for someone to conceive & design illustrations for 2 such books; I have the words, I need the illustrations to complete the books.

The stories themselves have been through an extensive process of linguistic simplification and have been condensed into 18 lines for story one (Homemade), and 12 lines for story two (The Knife). It has been decided that one illustration per 2-3 lines is optimum, so that's about 5-6 pictures for Homemade, and 4 for The Knife.

The stories have a sting in the tale, and appear very dark until the twist at the end is revealed - Homemade implies that something sinister is being made, perhaps a bomb? until we realize it's actually a homemade banjo that a busker is putting together, and The knife leads us to believe someone is being attacked at first - but is actually just about a parent preparing slices of fruit to keep the kids quiet. The pictures should be simple, and reflect the dark implications of the two stories.

I've attached two pics for possible inspiration, but use your imagination please. The books themselves will be A4 sheets folded in half, to make a page size of A5. Please layout the pics next to the appropriate text as it will look in the final book. Don't worry about fonts, just use Arial for now.


You can use or base your work on royalty-free photographs with or without post-shoot manipulation (e.g. in Photoshop), or your own original artwork/illustrations.

Please note:

Although these books are very simple, they are aimed at ADULTS - they may have low reading ability but they are not kids, nor are they stupid, and the illustrations should reflect this!

The Stories and sample pics are in the attached zip file.

Good luck!

Thanks,

Ian

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Public Clarification Board

  • Worldart
    Worldart
    • 4 years ago

    would be great to know the size of end images so that we can make correct proportions, regards!

    • 4 years ago
    1. rickyproductions
      Contest Holder
      • 4 years ago

      Hi there you can use whatever size you wish,but they woulkd need to look balanced with the size of page. if you fold a sheet of A4 in half, thats the size of the book page, so this should guide the image size - im not to bothhered as long as it looks okay

      good luck,

      Ian

      • 4 years ago
    2. MappingFOR
      MappingFOR
      • 4 years ago

      If I fold a sheet of A4 in half, I got just A5. ;)

      • 4 years ago
  • studiokimus
    studiokimus
    • 4 years ago

    Please review #3. Thanks.

    • 4 years ago
    1. studiokimus
      studiokimus
      • 4 years ago

      And #4. Thanks.

      • 4 years ago
  • Thomilo44
    Thomilo44
    • 4 years ago

    Hello!

    This seems such a cool project!
    I did a quick draw, to kida just see if this is the style you are talking about?

    ---Please note, this is just handdrawn, and not an image i'll be really using.
    Also, If i make the final versions, it'll be all digitalised...of course--

    http://www.mediafire.com/view/t3tk5ktn65btpn4/Scan.png

    • 4 years ago
    1. rickyproductions
      Contest Holder
      • 4 years ago

      Hi there,

      Sorry for delay in replying, I never received a msg from Freelancer telling me you'd posted. Thats exactly the kind of style I'm looking for - good luck!
      Ian

      • 4 years ago
  • jacob27c
    jacob27c
    • 4 years ago

    Hi Ian,
    I'm excited to enter this contest! Just a quick question:
    When you say the books will be on an A4 sheet, does that mean there will be two parallel A5 pages only, or any even number of A5 pages? So for The Knife, for example: can there be 3 lines per A5 page, making 4 A5 pages, or does it have to be restircted to only two A5 pages?
    Thanks,
    Alex

    • 4 years ago
    1. rickyproductions
      Contest Holder
      • 4 years ago

      Hi Alex, Sorry for the delay in replying - I didn't get an email from Freelancer telling me you'd posted a question :-(

      There's no restriction on the number of pages, use your judgement to see what works best - good luck, and thanks for taking an interest!

      Ian

      • 4 years ago

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