Your mission: Begin to illustrate "The Flyers and The Crawlers," the first book in the "Bullies Be Bugging" series, for a Kickstarter campaign we will launch at the end of this month.
Story Background: The book centers on flying and crawling insects. The flying insects (ladybug, dragonfly, and bumblebee) think that because they can fly, they're cooler and better than the insects that crawl (the ant, the spider, and the caterpillar). The crawling insects believe and agree, until something happens that completely changes how the flyers feel about them, and how they feel about themselves.
Round 1: Draw one illustration for each of the following scenes (2 illustrations in total):
Illustration 1: Show a ladybug (the leader of the flyers), a bumblebee, and a dragonfly flying in a beautiful garden, pointing and laughing at a spider, ant, and caterpillar crawling on the ground.
Show the spider, caterpillar looking hurt, ashamed, embarrassed, sad.... The ant (the leader) is bold, angry, upset...
Illustration 2: Close up of the ant, spider, and caterpillar, standing in a circle, the sad caterpillar and angry ant now trying to soothe the crying spider.
The Selected Finalists from Round 1 will move onto
Round 2: Draw one illustration for each of the following scenes (2 more illustrations in total)
Illustration 3: Show the same beautiful garden now engulfed in a rainstorm, the crawling insects nowhere to be found, and the flyers huddled together under something (maybe a leaf on a tree, or underneath a flower petal) trying to sheild themselves from the rain.
Illustration 4: A cover photo, embodying the story background. Whatever you choose.
Style: Completely up to you as the illustrator, though we have three important directives:
1. The Flyers and the Crawlers should be set in an environment of large flowers, grasses, logs, etc, so that the magnified size of the insects are logical. Please refer to the attached pictures of Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Kids for an idea of what we mean. Please note how the grasses and flowers surronding the insects tower over them, and that the insects actually stand in a clearing. Please ask for clarity before you begin working if you are unclear about what we mean. We don't want anyone spending a minute of their time working in the wrong direction.
2. The ladybug should look girly. Not womanly or sexy--large colorful eyes with long eyelashes, hairbows, ribbons, pink polka dot wings, whatever you come up with that signifies a little girl.
3. The ant should be smaller/shorter than the other insects.
Size: Illustrations should be at least 640x480 pixels - 4:3 aspect ratio.
Target Audience: Preschoolers, ages 3-5.
Goal: With the funds raised from this campaign, we will do two major things: Pay the chosen artist to finish the remaining 8 illustrations for the book (pending a mutually agreed upon price), and print the first set of 1000 books.
Stretch Goal: We have two additional books in this series that we need illustrated. We prefer character consistency, so we'd really like to work with the winning illustrator on these projects. Additionally, we have a personalized children's book that we want illustrated, so we'd like to work with the designer to come up with some ideas to produce this. Two separate projects for the winning designer; two more 1 to 1 projects through 99designs.