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Old 06-08-2015, 10:14 AM   #1
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[paid] looking for a sequential artist/inker for a dark historical graphic novel.


About the job:
NOTE: I had posted this ad last September 22nd,and received submissions from many talented artists (thank you all for your time) and ended up hiring a few of them to work on the project. But I would like to receive new submissions from other available artists. As my project is so big, I need more than one artist working at the same time on different chapters.

My name is Maurice Devereaux, and I'm looking for a sequential artist for my graphic novel project currently entitled ROYAL BLOOD, a Game of Thrones style historical epic based on true events from 16th century Scotland, which chronicle King James V1 involvement with the notorious Sawney Bean cannibal clan. I have done 2 years of extensive historical research that shall make the project unique. It will be controversial and explore blind faith, religion and political corruption. THE PROJECT WILL BE FOR MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY AND INCLUDE GRAPHIC SCENES OF VIOLENCE, RAPE, INCEST, SEX, CANNIBALISM, MURDER, TORTURE AND NUDITY. Artists must be comfortable dealing with this kind of dark and edgy material.

The graphic novel is an adaptation of my novel that is 450 pages long and should translate to roughly between 10 to 12, 25-30 page chapters. I will work with the chosen artist on page per page basis (hopefully 2-3 pages per week) and if satisfied, we will continue up until the completion of a chapter. More chapters will follow if the collaboration goes well.

Realistic and detailed with a dark edge.
It is a period piece with castles, horses and costumes that need to look authentic. I have done lots of research and will furnish the artist with lots of reference materials, but the artist must be motivated to do detailed, accurate work. I am a fan of “old school” comic artists such as Berni Wrightson, John Byrne, Barry Windsor Smith, Neal Adams, but am willing to consider other styles.

The project will be self-funded and eventually self-published, but is fully financed. Work on the pages can start as soon as an artist is chosen (evaluation of candidates will probably take a few weeks).

This project will require signing a “work for hire” contract.

Work method: For each page, I will furnish artist detailed panel descriptions breakdowns, as well as a JPG with temporary layout guide with lettering and rough stick figures drawings (accompanied by many image references of costumes/architecture/furniture etc). I know this method is unusual but as a film writer/director and editor I am very visual and know what I want to see in each page. Artist must be comfortable working in this manner.

I am willing to pay $150 (Canadian dollars) for pencils/inks per page.

Payments will be made via PayPal, 50% after approval of the finished pencils and the balance of 50% on delivery of finished inked page in a high resolution print ready TIFF file (exact format to be determined).

Each payment will be made within 2 business days of approval of finished work.

If you are interested, please email
with the subject line "Graphic Novel Artist submission" and the following information:
1-Your name and country.
2-Jpgs of at least 10 pages of your very best sequential samples and a few of your most recent sequential samples. (Confidentiality is assured if the work is still unpublished or completed.)
3-A link to your website or deviantart page to see more of your artwork.
4-Character design samples.
5-Biography of your published work.

Any other information you can provide will be appreciated, but please only submit appropriate materials.

Applications without sequential art samples will not be considered.

If you have any questions about the story or job, please include them in your response.

**Finalists may be asked to do a free test page as part of the application process. If chosen to work on the project, the test page will be paid at the agreed upon page rate,

Artist Requirements
Professional attitude
Ability to meet deadlines (excuses for not delivering work after agreeing on delivery dates will not be tolerated, except for exceptionally convincing valid reasons.)
Understands and speaks English fluently
East access to internet and must respond quickly (within 24 hours) to any e-mails.
Capacity to complete 2-3 pages per week.
Ability to do own inking.
Experience with creating rough page layouts.
Experience drawing realistic characters and very beautiful women, horses, ability to do detailed period costumes and environments in a historically accurate 16th century medieval setting.
At ease with mature content.

About Me
I am a writer/director. My last feature film was a horror film called END OF THE LINE (it was no blockbuster but it was well received).
You can view the TRAILER here:

Here is a article about my project when if was called ROYAL DEMONS
that appeared in FANGORIA magazine, with some samples pages from a previous artist who had to leave the project after 5 pages of work, which have since been redone.


The cover and many interior splash pages for each chapter will be done by my friend and very talented artist Donald Caron.
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