This project involves creating beautiful artistic illustrations for short story e-books being created as part of a nonprofit initiative for developing an online platform for basic English language instruction, especially targeted toward underprivileged, non-native English speaking populations.
We are a team of educators and researchers passionate about this cause and would like to invite talented and creative artists / illustrators to join us in this effort to create positive social impact!
Each book contains English text for a short story and requires about 6 illustrations (including the book cover) of the following specifications
1. Preferred format: png or gif
2. Dimensions 450 px (width) x 600 px (height) - while this can be flexible, the book page dimensions are 450 px x 600 px, so a proportional image dimension might look nicer.
3. Transparent borders of the images for seamless integration with the book page background
4. No text needed on the illustration: imagine an open book with the illustration on the left page and the corresponding text on the right page.
5. While the primary audience for this book is expected to be young kids (6-10 years), the artistic style is left to the illustrator. Our expectation is more in terms of the high overall quality of the illustrations.
6. Book-cover: One of these illustrations is for the book cover. The book cover should include the illustration, the story/book title, and the text "Illustrated by [Artist Name]" - this is because as a rule we will always make sure that our artists get proper credits for their work and are recognized and acknowledged by everyone visiting our website.
Please note that the artist can choose to repeat the same illustration or create a new one for each page – this is completely left to the artist. We are providing some suggestions below.
The story to be illustrated:
Illustration 1: Book cover: the illustration should include story title "The Camel and the Pig" and the text "Illustrated by [Artist's name]".
Page 2 text (subject for illustration 2):
A Camel said, "Nothing like being tall! Look how tall I am!"
A Pig, who heard these words, said, "Nothing like being short! Look how short I am!"
Page 3 text (illustration 2 can be repeated):
The Camel said, "Well, if I fail to prove the truth of what I said, I shall give up my hump."
The Pig said, "If I fail to prove the truth of what I have said, I shall give up my snout."
Page 4 text (for illustration 3):
"Agreed!" said the Camel.
"Just so!" said the Pig.
They came to a garden, enclosed by a low wall without any opening.
Page 5 text (for illustration 4):
The Camel stood on this side of the wall, and reaching the plants within by means of his long neck, made a breakfast on them.
Page 6 text (illustration 3 could be reused with slight change for camel’s head):
Then he turned, jeeringly to the Pig, who had been standing at the bottom of the wall, without even having a look at the good things in the garden, and said, "Now, would you be tall or short?"
Page 7 text (for illustration 5):
Next they came to a garden, enclosed by a high wall, with a wicket gate at one end. The Pig entered by the gate, and, after having eaten his fill of the vegetables within,
Page 8 text (for illustration 6):
came out, laughing at the poor Camel, who had to stay outside because he was too tall to enter the garden by the gate, and said, "Now, would you be tall or short?"
Page 9 text (illustration 2 could be reused with slight changes for this page)):
Then they thought the matter over and came to the conclusion that the Camel should keep his hump and the Pig his snout, observing,
"Tall is good, where tall would do; of short, again, 'tis also true!"