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What do you do?
At InkTears our mission is to encourage more people to discover the pleasure of the short story, in a way that fits their lifestyle. We send a short story every month to our readers via email, free of charge. Each story takes up to ten minutes to read. We publish new writers gaining success on the competition circuits, along with stories from established authors. Our InkTears website is becoming a hub for the short story genre. We also publish single-author collections of short stories in both e-book and traditional hardback formats (starting this year)
How many pages of illustration do you need?
What do you need illustrated?
We need black and white pen and ink illustrations to be used as cover art for forthcoming hardback & e-book single author collections. We are not looking for cover designs - just the artwork that could be used as part of a design.
Does your illustration need to be a particular size?
Not really, but it will need to work on a 'typical' hardback book in portrait format.
What is your industry?
Describe the target audience for your illustration
Readers of short stories. As a target demographic, think of mid twenties-thirties female creatives (artists, poets, writers).
What 3 things would you like to communicate to your audience through your illustration?
Pick this book up because my art is striking! Then, buy this book, because it is:
What lillustration styles do you like?
Detailed pen and ink work. Take a look at our own website to see the style we have adopted (doesn't have to be identical for the cover art, but you'll see what we like... www.inktears.com)
Typical artists:Nanami Cowdroy, Beardsley, M C Escher, Siret Roots, Etc
What colors do you want to see in your illustration?
Black and white
What colors do you NOT want to see in your illustration?
Anything other than black and white (ok, a black and white picture of a face with the eyes in color, or some other very limited use of color might be ok, but remember that we looking for black and white art for book covers and our titles, author name, etc will be in color, so we don't want the art to clash).
What adjectives should best describe your illustration?
Striking, intriguing, detailed, beautiful... the list goes on! We're looking for different types of pictures for different authors - so I might say elaborate for one author, and simple for another. We're looking for the best black and white pen and ink work to create striking book covers
Where will you use the illustration (print, website, etc.)?
Book covers (e-book and hardback)
Do you have additional info or links you'd like to share?
Please check our website for more ideas - we will publish a gallery of our favourite illustrations to help artists over the next few days: www.inktears.com
- 25-Aug-12 8:15 p.m. GMT
- We have now added a page to our website that shows the style of art we are looking for. You can see that here: http://www.inktears.com/Inktears/Art.html
Just to be very clear, we are not looking for images to represent 'Ink-tears' we are looking for cover art to represent our short story collections, which will have different themes but will be largely literary fiction.
- 27-Aug-12 11:10 p.m. GMT
- Thank you already to everyone who has submitted work so far - there have been some really great pieces, and even though many don't work for our specific project we are still enjoying viewing them - we have a talented collection of artists out there!
I just wanted to say please keep submitting, and apologies if it is taking 24 hours to get a response - I'm currently in Turkey for a business conference, so I'm getting very limited time each day to review the pictures, but will comment on everything you send.
- 3-Sep-12 8:51 a.m. GMT
- Some tremendous entries coming in, very impressed! I did want to give some additional guidance on the theme though. We are looking for illustrations as cover images on literary short story collections. That means an adult theme (grown-up, not erotic), so less graphic-novel style and more fine-art illustration. As an example, one of our next books will be Kirigami by Lynne Voyce. The blurb for the book goes as follows:
This sensuous collection tells of the losses and betrayals of lives really lived. These stories explore the magical in the every day: a marriage is saved by taking the bed into the garden; a jazz fan revels in the reckless abandon of no strings attached sex; and a widow finds solace in the making of paper snow flakes. These stories are packed with epiphanies and hopeful endings.
Or here's another blurb from a forthcoming book called Burn Lines by Mark Wagstaff:
This is life beyond the streetlights - where a brother and sister’s playground is an empty, lethal railway; an archaeology team’s important find has something vital missing; and a convict on the run gets an unexpected welcome when she hides out with an old cellmate. Lovers, soldiers and shifty accountants jostle through the streets and nightmares of everyplace. A wily academic sees his certainties worn away by a manic researcher obsessed with facts, and in a remote village a man grieving for his mother is stranded on the limits of memory. Through hot days and misty nights, this is storytelling of warmth and truth to the grace and grime of life. A vivid, mesmeric voice from the literary underground.
In answer to one common question: we can and will award several prizes. The intention is to identify several illustrators who could be called upon to do multiple book covers. We'd like to establish a long-term partnership with several illustrators.
- 14-Sep-12 5:37 a.m. GMT
- Thank you to everyone who entered our project. The results have been fantastic and far beyond our expectations. We have had to extend the date for a final decision on the winners, partly because of the sheer volume of entries, and because of the overall high quality (making it hard to judge), and also because the current deadline falls right in a period where I will be on a vacation in a region with no internet - unfortunate timing! I will be travelling for a little over a week, but will aim to get a decision communicated before the 21 Sep if possible.
I also want to take some guidance and feedback from our authors who will be represented by this art.
Thank you again for all of the entries, and I shall look forward to speaking with some of you again in the near future.
- 24-Sep-12 4:11 p.m. GMT
- The final awards have been made now, but I would like to add a note to the creatives that did not get selected: first of all, the decision process was very close between the top 20 or so entries. Secondly, we did actually add an additional 250 dollars award so we had 5 winners, AND we asked CrowdSpring if it was possible to give a smaller award as an 'option' to use some of the additional entries at a later date. Unfortunately this is not possible but over the next week we will contact several creatives dIrectly (through CrowdSpring) with a view to keep their pictures on our files, and we will then contact the creative when we have a book that fits their art, and offer this via CrowdSpring in a private project with a 250 dollars value. So don't be disappointed if you didn't quite get an award (especially if you had a 4 or 5 star rated pic). We may still be in touch!
I would personally like to thank everyone who took part in this project. We had a tremendous response and the quality of the work was very high. Thank you.