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:
Style and Concept
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
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