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Old 02-10-2017, 05:09 PM   #1
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Smile For Hire: Children's Book Background Artist

Wanted: Background Artist for Children's Book

Hello There,

Who we are:

My name is Chris and I work with Thought Bubble Publishing. This will be the fourth time hiring from Digital Webbing and we have been very pleased with the results so far.

Before we get to the details, please know that while we consider every application we would appreciate it if you only applied if you have a portfolio and style that fits with children's books. Experience is not as important to us as style.

The Project:

For this project, we are looking for someone to create ten backgrounds for characters to then be placed on top of. This way of illustrating is similar to how traditional hand-drawn animation is done. You will be creating the backgrounds and another artist will be adding characters on top of them.

The size of the background should be 22"x8.5" (Two pieces of standard paper connected vertically.) You can create them physically and scan them at high resolution or do them digitally and send the PSD to us via Dropbox or Google Drive. We have accounts for either to transfer them.

The backgrounds themselves consist of a street outside of a house, a messy house including the living room, kitchen, and bathroom, those same locations cleaned up, and then the outside of the house again (this may simply be a repeated background.)

The story is about a child that helps a monster clean up his house. So the house would need to be really messy, monster level messy, and over the course of the book the child shows the monster how to properly do chores and get the house in order. The final part involves the bathroom and a tub as the only thing left to cleanup is the monster himself!

We're looking for a rich background with lots of detail. Any kind of additional stuff for the kids to catch such as little jokes would be greatly appreciated. We would also like these to be in color. The palette needs to be bright and colorful. The characters are already designed and we can send those to you after hiring.

Payment and Terms:

Payment is $20 per background page. We pay upon completion of each individual image via PayPal within 48 hours of the finished image being submitted. Artist can either provide an invoice or we will send one to return to us. Sorry, but we will not pay half up front for the project.

We reserve the right to stop the project at any time and pay the artist for the work completed so far. This is one of the reasons we pay immediately after each page as we don't want anyone to do free work.

As this is a work for hire project, we retain the rights to the story, characters, and reproduction of the material. You retain the right to use the work in your portfolio and to obtain new work from future employees.

You will be credited in the book as "background artist" and will receive a digital copy of the book when it releases and a print version if that goes to production.

How to apply:

Please send a short email to chris@thoughtbubblepublishing.com

Include a link to a portfolio of similar work or attach a few samples in JPEG form that you think we would like.

If you have past experience please mention it but keep it to a few sentences. We are more interested in style than in experience and enjoy working with new talent.

Please do not send links to portfolios that require logins, this includes Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook. We sometimes don't have accounts to look at these platforms or are not logged in on the devices that the emails are being viewed on.

Please NO COMPANIES. We are interested in hiring individuals only, no art farms.

Please do not apply if you do not have any similar work. Zombies, superheroes, and other adult content shows skill, however, we cannot tell how you would draw children's work without something being illustrated in that style.

Finally, we try to respond to everyone, however, we will not respond to emails once this post is a week old.

Thank you for reading!
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