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Children's book illustrations with playful dogs that have BIG personalities!
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This book is written with children ages 4-8 in mind.
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Hello Inspired Illustrators, I have written a children’s book and am looking for someone with an imaginative, “child-like” view to create 16 illustrations that will bring the book’s canine and non-canine characters to life. Each puppy has a unique personality which both endears them to us and leads them into all sorts of mischief. The non-canine characters have strong, caring natures that provide one-of-a-kind love. I would like for you to submit two illustrations for this contest. The first will be an illustration that I have selected and the second will be an illustration that you select from the list below. Regarding the layout of the book: 1. The measurement of the book is 8.5” x 8.5”. 2. We will generally put the text on the top of each page. 3. Unless otherwise noted, an illustration must span across two pages, beginning on the left page and continuing onto the right page, i.e. illustration begins on page 2 and continues to page 3. 4. We would like the illustrations to take up most of the page (not cover text though). Illustration can be up to 5 inches tall (starting from the bottom of the page). 5. Please submit your illustration in color. Below please find a description of the important characters in the book. Remember to let their personalities romp across the page! Below the characters is a list of the 16 illustrations. I noted the illustration that I selected for you to illustrate. Please select one of your choosing to also illustrate. Please let me know if you have any questions. I’m looking forward to seeing your awesome work. Thank you for participating in this contest. Steven Important Characters in the book include five canines, two non-canines, and the Front Door: 1. Snotty Scotty – A terrier who thinks he knows it all, but is still likeable. Maybe he wears a monocle or glasses. 2. Precious -- She is a poodle who is a bit queenly and also a bit stuck-up (i.e. nose in the air perhaps), but is also likeable. Maybe she can wear bows in her hair. 3. Moose – An enormous mastiff whose heart is as big as he is. He is totally likeable, gives good hugs, but isn’t too bright. 4. Frankie – A dachshund with a skinny and elongated body who is very energetic and loves to jump. 5. Spike – A friendly looking bulldog with a touch of tough in him. Maybe he can wear a spiked collar and when he smiles his fangs show. 6. The Father – Always loving and always just. We never see his face -- we only see him from the back or from the front if something is blocking his face, i.e., a dog, an object he’s holding, etc. Father is always wearing a white robe in this story. 7. The Son – Always loving and giving. We never see his face -- we only see him from the back or from the front if something is blocking his face, i.e., a dog, an object he’s holding, etc. 8. Front Door – The door should have a wooden frame with a wooden cross in the center. It should have glass panels, instead of wood, where the rectangles are in the image. (See the Front Door image in the attachment section below.) Illustrations – Other than the Book Cover illustration, unless otherwise noted, all illustrations will go across the bottom of two pages (17” x 5”). All illustrations contain a left page (8.5”x 5”) and a right page (8.5” x 5”). You must submit both the left and right page of the required illustrations. Required Illustration #1 1. Living Room scene. Show the puppies lined up in a row with their dog dishes in front of them; each dish has their name on it. Even in the line-up we see the youthful puppies’ personalities/mischievousness. The puppies are in a beautiful, clean Living Room with the Front Door in the background. See the description of the Front Door in the “Important Characters” section above and see the image of the Front Door in the attachments section below. Also, through the glass panes of the Front Door, we can see that the weather outside is stormy and scary. Left page of illustration: Living Room scene. Show three of the puppies sitting behind their dog bowls with their name. Right Page of illustration: Living Room scene. Show the other two puppies sitting behind their dog bowls with their name. Also, show the Front Door. Require Illustration #2: Please select one of the following to also illustrate. 2. Book Cover: Property with a lovely front yard and a beautiful white two story mansion. Be sure to show the Front Door, an important character—see the list above. The five puppies are in the front yard, frolicking -- showing their playful natures. There could also be a driveway leading up to the mansion, maybe with a white picket fence. This illustration is only on one page since it’s the cover (8.5” x 8.5”). 3. Left page of illustration: Living Room scene. Show the staircase in the background. Father, who wears a white robe in this story, is petting Snotty Scotty, who is on his huge plush pillow. Also, show Father’s comfy chair with a rolled-up newspaper laying on it. There should be a side table to the left of Father’s chair with a glass of iced water sitting on it. The Front Door should be to the right of Father’s chair. Right page of illustration: Living Room scene. Snotty Scotty is sitting on his stuffed pillow looking very smug, knowing that Precious is about to be in big trouble. Father is upset and has his hands on his hips. He sees a glass of iced water knocked over on the side table with the ice and water dripping off the table and making a puddle on the floor. Precious is standing in the mess, licking up the water (maybe her tongue is out licking some water). She is looking up with a guilty expression as she sees Father and Snotty Scotty looking at her. The Front Door should be on the right side of the illustration. 4. Left page of illustration: Living Room scene. Father is pointing to the Front Door which is on the right side of the illustration. Precious is dancing on her hind legs trying to impress Father. Right page of illustration: Living Room scene. Moose, who is standing on his hind legs, is giving Father a big hug. Precious is outside looking in through the lower glass pane of the Front Door with a very sad expression. 5. Left page of illustration: Living Room scene. Father is holding the hula hoop way up in the air and Frankie, the skinny, elongated dachshund, is jumping through the hoop. Father says, “Good boy!” Front Door is on the right side of the illustration. Right page of illustration: Living Room and kitchen scene. Father looks from Living Room through the doorway into the kitchen and sees Spike the Bull Dog and Snotty Scotty running out of the kitchen towards him with their tails tucked between their legs with an “oh, no” expression on their faces. 6. Left page of illustration: Kitchen scene. Father is in the kitchen looking at the huge mess. Moose is sitting in a pile of trash. The trash can is tipped over and trash is all over the kitchen floor. Perhaps a banana peel is on Moose’s head, etc. Right page of illustration: Living Room scene. Moose is looking very sad and trying to hug the Father, hoping to impress Father. Father is pointing his hand towards the Front Door which is on the right side of the illustration. The weather looks scary outside. Also, show Precious looking in through one of the lower glass panes of the Front Door. 7. Left page of illustration: Kitchen scene. Show messy kitchen with tipped over trash can and trash all over the floor. Show a carton of Pure Sunlight Orange Juice and a glass full of orange juice sitting on the kitchen counter. Show Father cooking eggs, bacon and toast for his breakfast. Right page of illustration: Kitchen doorway scene. Show Father leaving the litchen carrying his glass of orange juice. Show Spike sitting in the kitchen doorway waiting for Father. Through the kitchen doorway show the Living Room with Snotty Scotty sitting on his pillow, a hula hoop on the floor, and the newspaper in Father’s chair. 8. Left page of illustration: Kitchen and Living Room scene. Show Father’s plate of food with fried eggs, bacon, and toast on the side table (still no orange juice). Father is still in the kitchen looking at Spike who is sitting in the doorway looking happy, with his tail wagging. Right page of illustration: Kitchen and Living Room scene. Spike is lying down and playing dead. Spike is really hamming it up. We see Father from behind reaching down and scratching Spike’s belly. Spike looks very pleased and is kicking his legs in the air. Father says, “Good boy!” to Spike. 9. Left page of illustration: Living Room scene. Frankie is on top of the side table, eating Father’s food…pigging out—a big mess!! Maybe a slice of bacon is hanging from the corner of Frankie’s mouth. Maybe a fried egg is flying off the table and some food is on the floor near the table. Also, show Frankie’s hula hoop on the floor. Right page of illustration: Living Room scene. Show Frankie on the floor with a sad expression, grabbing the hula hoop and offering it to the Father. Father is pointing towards the Front Door which is on the right side of the illustration. Precious and Moose are each anxiously looking inside through different glass panes of the Front Door. The weather outside looks scary. 10. Left page of illustration: Living Room scene. Show an angry Spike with the corner of Snotty Scotty’s pillow in his mouth, yanking the pillow out from under Snotty Scotty and Snotty Scotty goes flying through the air with a surprised look on his face. Right page of illustration: Living Room scene. Show Spike shaking the pillow and feathers are flying everywhere and landing on everything. Snotty Scotty is howling, very sad, with tears in his eyes. 11. Left page of illustration: Living Room scene. The living room is a big mess…feathers are everywhere (on the dogs, floor, furniture pictures, etc.). Snotty Scotty is crying over his destroyed pillow. Spike is lying on the tattered patch of cloth, all that remains of Snotty Scotty’s pillow, playing dead – hoping that his great performance will impress the Father. Father is pointing towards the Front Door which is on the right side of the illustration. Right page of illustration: Living Room scene. Snotty Scotty is at the Front Door teasing the four dogs who are outside. Show the full Front Door with the four dogs -- Precious, Moose, Frankie and Spike-- looking in through the window panes, looking very sad and lonely. The weather outside behind them looks scary. 12. Left page of illustration: Kitchen scene. An upper cabinet door is open (showing different food items) and below on counter top is a box of Angel Wings Breakfast Bars. There’s mess all over the floor from the overturned trash can. Father is looking at the mess, shaking his head and holding an Angel Wings Breakfast Bar in his hand. Right page of illustration: Kitchen doorway scene. We see Father from behind, peeking into the Living Room (feathers and bits of torn pillow are everywhere in the Living Room). Father sees Snotty Scotty again teasing the dogs who are outside the Front Door which is on the right side of the illustration. Show the Front Door with the four dogs --Precious, Moose, Frankie and Spike -- looking sad and peeking in through the glass panels. The weather outside behind them looks scary. 13. Left page of illustration: Living Room scene. Show Snotty Scotty with the newspaper in his mouth, wagging his tail trying to gain the Father’s approval. Father is pointing towards the Front Door which is on the right side of the illustration. Show the Front Door. Right side of illustration: Show close-up view of the front door with all the dogs outside looking in and looking very sad, lonely. Show the weather looking ominous behind the dogs. 14. Left page of illustration: Show three small scenes. Each Scene will show the event which put each dog outside. • Scene #1: Living Room scene. Precious is standing in the middle of the Father’s spilled iced water and licking it up. See Illustration 3 above. • Scene #2: Kitchen scene. Moose is sitting in the spilled trash with trash all over him. See Illustration 6 above. • Scene #3: Living Room scene. Frankie on the end table eating Father’s breakfast, with bacon hanging out of his mouth, an egg flying of the plate, toast on floor, etc. See Illustration 9 above. Right page of illustration: Show three small scenes. The first two will be smaller showing the event which put each dog outside and the third will show all the dogs outside the Front Door. • Scene #1: Living Room scene. Spike is shaking Snotty Scotty’s pillow and feathers are going everywhere (on him as well). See Illustration 10 above. • Scene #2: Living Room scene. Snotty Scotty yipping/teasing dogs through the Front Door. See Illustration 12 above. • Scene #3 (larger): Show the full Front Door with all the dogs outside, peering in through the glass panes. The dogs are miserable being separated from the Father. The weather outside (behind the dogs) should look ominous. See Illustration 13 above (right page). 15. Left page of illustration: Show three small scenes. Each will show the son cleaning up one dog’s mess; we never see the son’s face…we see him from either the back or something is blocking his face. • Scene #1: Living Room scene. Son is cleaning up spilled water that had run everywhere and leaves the area “sparkling” clean, taking care of Precious’ mess. • Scene #2: Kitchen scene. Son is cleaning up trash in the kitchen and leaves the area “sparkling” clean, taking care of Moose’s mess. • Scene #3: Living Room scene. Son is cleaning up food mess all over table and floor and leaves the area “sparkling” clean, taking care of Frankie’s mess. Right page of illustration: Show one small scene and one large scene. The small scene will show the son cleaning up one dog’s mess. The larger scene will show a clean Living Room and Kitchen. • Scene #1: Living Room scene. Son is cleaning up mess of feathers that are everywhere and leaves the area “sparkling” clean, taking care of Spike’s mess. • Scene #2 (larger): Son is standing where we can see Living Room and Kitchen. Son is sweaty/dirty/but appears happy—whistling maybe? Rooms are the cleanest ever! 16. Left page of illustration: Living Room scene. The living room is sparkling clean and everyone is reunited and showing absolute joy! Father is standing closest to the Front Door which is on the right side of the illustration. Son is near the Father, and they are both surrounded by ecstatically happy dogs -- so happy to be reunited with the Father and Son. Father is getting a big hug from Moose. Father has one arm around Moose and his other hand is rubbing Snotty Scotty’s head. (Snotty Scotty may need to be standing on Father’s chair since Father will be standing). Snotty Scotty is standing on his hind legs with his front legs pressed against Father. Son is kneeling down, with one hand holding the hula hoop for Frankie who is in mid-air jumping through it and with his other hand, Son is rubbing Spike’s tummy while Spike lies on his back with his feet pawing the air. Precious is dancing on her hind legs between Father and Son. Light should be shining brightly through the glass in the Front Door which is on the right side of the illustration. The weather outside the Front Door should be beautiful. Right page of illustration: There will be a border box around the top two-thirds of the page where the text will be. On the bottom third of the page (the bottom 2.75” of the page, but not in the box), I’d like to see each dog’s nose/snout pointed toward the text (from a bird’s-eye-view). Like they are looking at the page and we took a photo of them reading the page. See _____ Image in the attachment section below.
Below are some samples of the types of images we would like to be included in the book. We want to see each dog's personality shine through your illustrations. Your dogs do not have to look like the images below, we're only including them as an example.
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Oliver has been great to work with! He's very creative, talented, and patient. Our children's book would not be where it is now if it wasn't for him. We had text and an idea, but he truly brought the story to life! I would gladly hire Oliver for another project and would highly recommend him!
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