Children's Book Illustration in Asian Brush Painting Style
Hello, I am a creative seeking the assistance of an illustrator in the completion of a personal project. This personal project is a children’s book, titled “The Naming Grounds” that centers around three friends: Sandy, a mermaid afraid of water, Bobby, an unusually and inconveniently loud ninja, and Dewey, a pixie who just so happens to be afraid of heights. The book itself is the story of the three taking a journey to try and better themselves. The story itself is already written and I am seeking someone who can help me bring this to life.
I am looking for an illustrator for my children’s book. The book is 32 sentences / 604 words long and is targeted towards the 6-10 year old age range. My intent is to put this book up for sale in English, as well as Spanish and Mandarin. I am looking for an illustrator who is not only capable of illustrating this story, but is also aware of the industry standards and requirements around picture sizing so that I will be able to take the finished images and easily format the book and put it up for sale.
This job is not location specific, and I am perfectly comfortable working with an illustrator online, provided we can establish a schedule wherein we will be able to collaborate and review.
I have image references for the individual pages, with some illustrations stretching across two pages, as well as ideas for the character design, however I am willing to work with the illustrator in these areas.
My initial ideas around character design are:
Sandy (Mermaid): Top half is a cat, bottom half is a mermaid
Bobby (Ninja): A capuchin monkey in martial arts clothes
Dewey (Pixie): A baby tapir with wings
My initial idea for the design style of the illustrations is:
Here is an example of the sort of reference that I have per page for two of the pages. I can modify the way I present this information if it will make things more convenient over the course of our working together, and am open to suggestions from the illustrator:
Book text: “In a place we cannot see, there lived the magic friends three: Sandy, Bobby, and Dewey.”
Image Description (2 page spread): Sea of Clouds, Huangshan mountain in China (https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=h%2FF699%2FF&id=9D573BE5A9BC7EDAEF8B1BDC71CA90FECF63B798&thid=OIP.h_F699_FNdqFE7w530phNgHaF7&mediaurl=http%3A%2F%2Fimages.china.cn%2Fattachement%2Fjpg%2Fsite1007%2F20150513%2Fc03fd55e710816bd419a25.jpg&exph=720&expw=900&q=sea+of+clouds+huangshan+mountains&simid=607988903100549499&selectedIndex=2&mode=overlay)
Book text: “Bobby is a ninja. They are usually quiet and quick. But with most every step, Bobby trips.”
Image Description (1 page spread): Indian stepwell with Bobby tripping down the stairs (https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=DX9HhVTj&id=D712C612B30CAE693A80FB2D311F9FAEE95695EF&thid=OIP.DX9HhVTjfAYjMvUpotEs1gHaFA&mediaurl=http%3A%2F%2Fi.dailymail.co.uk%2Fi%2Fpix%2F2015%2F10%2F22%2F14%2F2DAA2CF000000578-3284598-image-a-8_1445521397369.jpg&exph=651&expw=962&q=indian+stepwell&simid=608039815668237925&selectedIndex=1&cbir=sbi&mode=overlay)(https://www.bing.com/images/search?view=detailV2&ccid=sKXJfmkl&id=233FE0185DB563793E732ECE7D91999D0116410A&thid=OIP.sKXJfmklJBVcQJ0mOkKCjAHaE7&mediaurl=http%3A%2F%2Fmedia3.popsugar-assets.com%2Ffiles%2F2014%2F05%2F14%2F914%2Fn%2F1922441%2Fee093d215ad3f6a6_shutterstock_134005142.xxxlarge_2x%2Fi%2FChand-Baori-India.jpg&exph=1363&expw=2048&q=indian+stepwell&simid=608001650583077340&selectedIndex=5&mode=overlay)
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