Looking for a fun project that will also have an impact on young girls? I am a published fantasy novelist and poet searching for an artist with a whimsical and wry style to illustrate a picture book for 3rd-5th graders.
I have received a grant from Indiana Arts Commission to self-publish my poem, “Rapunzel the Hairbrained.” It is a humorous twist on the classic tale that imagines what would happen to Rapunzel after she ends up with her prince. What happens when the only thing you teach a girl is to obsess over her hair? The book will accompany a workshop for girls about positive self-image.
I am open to any medium that can be color-printed and conveyed clearly in a high resolution digital file format. The style should be kid-friendly but ironic or tongue-in-cheek, since 3rd-5th graders will not want to feel it’s a “baby book.” The book will be a total of approximately 32 pages. Sketches will be due mid-October, and final artwork Dec 31. We will launch the book in April 2018, just in time to partner with Nickel Plate Arts for their popular Fairyville event. I have been involved with Fairyville for the past 5 years – check it out!
The artist will receive $1000 total payment for their work as well as the option to promote their work through occasional public appearances and social media focused on the project. I will consider artists of any experience level based on the quality of their work. Special attention will be paid to budding artists in central Indiana, but other artists are welcome to apply.
The artist would grant me permanent rights to republish artwork done for this project, in any format. Beyond that, they would retain rights to republish any of their own artwork created in association with this project. The artist will also have the option of purchasing copies of the finished book at production cost, for their own use or resale, at any time during the grant period.
If interested, please contact Sarah E. Morin at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Relevant experience
- Attach 5 samples of your work or link to a site that shows your artwork
- Put RAPUNZEL in the subject line
I am happy to send you a copy of the poem so you can see if we are an artistic fit for each other.
Deadline August 30.
This project is made possible by the support of the Indiana Arts Commission, a state agency.