I need 12 pages illustrated for a children's Christmas storybook. The text will be customized for different cities, and I'll handle putting the text on the page. Each of the 12 pages will have a place where I can put the text on top of your illustration. I'll add a transparent white box to make the text readable. (Again, you won't be doing the text part ... but you should keep in mind where the text might go on every page's design.)
Each of the 12 pages will need to be 12.1 in wide and 11.6 in high, at 200 dpi.
Below is the text for the story. You'll need to develop a visual concept for Pinky the Elf and each of the 12 illustrations. The story is broken up by page, and you'll illustrate the "IMAGE" part.
Pinky the Elf
Comes to CITYNAME
PAGE 1: Front cover
IMAGE: A very happy Pinky the Elf. (You'll have to create the character. I'm thinking a cartoonish, whimsical style.)
"Well, this'll show Santa," Pinky mumbled as the bus pulled away. She had saved all her elf money for a ticket to CITYNAME, hoping the trip would get her away from the frustrations at the North Pole as Christmas was drawing near. She just needed an escape.
IMAGE: Pinky sitting on the bus, with Santa's workshop showing through the window.
Pinky was sad. She slumped in her seat, thinking about the things that she couldn't do. She was the tiniest elf, after all, barely bigger than Santa's little finger. All the other elves were big enough to help Santa with his big jobs — loading the sleigh with packages, using heavy power tools to make toys, or even fixing Mrs. Claus' rocking chair.
IMAGE: Pinky looking sad with a big thought bubble, imagining one of the jobs she can't do.
When the bus slowed down, rolling past LANDMARK, Pinky knew she had made it to CITYNAME. She'd heard what a great place it was, filled with friendly people and fun things to do. "Do you know how far it is to TOURISTATTRACTION?" she asked the bus driver, hoping it could get her mind off all the tasks she was too small to perform at the North Pole.
IMAGE: Pinky talking with the bus driver.
After getting her directions, she started walking right away, glad to be out of Santa's workshop for once. She was admiring all the cute houses in CITYNAME when she suddenly saw something that caught her attention: smoke pouring from the roof of a two-story house.
IMAGE: Pinky seeing smoke coming from a two-story house.
All alone in a new place, Pinky didn't know what to do. She saw a light on in the second-story window, noticing flames starting to emerge from the roof. She decided in an instant to scurry up the drainpipe and peek inside, seeing a young girl laying asleep in her bed. "Wake up! Wake up! There's a fire!" Pinky shouted, pounding on the window pane with all the strength her little elf body could muster. "Call the CITYNAME Fire Department!"
IMAGE: We see the girl through the window, with Pinky's silhouette.
Pinky's noise drew the attention of the girl's parents, who rushed into the bedroom, shocked to see a tiny elf yelling at their window. They immediately smelled the smoke and carried their daughter down to safety, calling 9-1-1 after they had escaped the burning house.
IMAGE: Mom, dad and daughter safely outside their house, with some flames still showing on the roof.
The CITYNAME Fire Department rushed to the scene and doused the flames, glad to see the family had made it out unharmed. "That little elf saved our lives," said the mother, giving the tiny Pinky a great big hug. "Thank you so much!"
IMAGE: The fire department spraying water on the flames, while Pinky gets a hug from the family.
The next day, Pinky was a hero. Her story made the front page of NEWSPAPERNAME, and everybody in CITYNAME was talking about her bravery. She even got a medal from MAYORSNAME for courage and service to the community.
IMAGE: A person's hand giving Pinky a giant medal for heroism. Some mayors are male and others female, so please use a unisex hand.
That's not all. When word got around about Pinky's heroism, some businesses thought it would be a good idea to hire someone with that kind of character. "I could use some help picking up lug nuts," said the manager of TIRESTORE. "I bet Pinky would be perfect for planting seedlings at my nursery," said the owner of GARDENSTORE. "And I'd love for her to keep our patients company," said the administrator at HOSPITAL.
IMAGE: Pinky looking happy, surrounded by the people who want to offer her a job.
Pinky thought about it. Staying in CITYNAME sounded so appealing, but she also knew her calling in life was to be an elf. As she bought her bus ticket back to the North Pole, she realized she'd learned an important lesson that would serve her well at Santa's workshop: It's the size of your heart that matters more than anything.
IMAGE: Pinky smiling, buying a bus ticket to return home.
Upon returning to the North Pole, Santa was already waiting for her. "I've got a job for you, Pinky," he said, holding up a list of the good girls and boys who deserved extra toys this year. "I need you to check and double-check this list. It's a big job, but I think you can handle it."
Now thanks to Pinky — and the lessons she learned in CITYNAME — all the Christmas toys will arrive on schedule this year.
IMAGE: Pinky giving Santa a big thumbs up as he leaves for his trip around the world.