Monday, February 22, 2010

Any Artists Out There?

Are you an artist? I'm making a book trailer and other promotional materials for my book MINDER. I need some cool-looking stills drawn. I'm going for a graphic novel feel, so I'd like bold, black-and-white designs with accents in one or two solid colors, if appropriate. They need to be at least 8"x10"s that can be scanned.

There will be about 10-15 stills. Here are some of the scenes; I hope that they inspire you! (all the characters here are 16-18 years old)

The silhouettes of two lovers leaning in for a kiss in an abandoned, wooden church, backlit by the cone of light from an up-pointing flashlight. The guy is tall and lean, with hair that hangs a little too long in front. The girl is short and more petite, with shoulder-length, dark hair.

Three boys lying dead in the back of a van (as seen through the open side door), without a mark on them. The far one slouches against the far wall, and his face hangs loosely. The one nearest the viewer is belly-down, but his head turns toward the viewer and the pupil in his one visible eye is "blown," so there is no color left around it This is from the opening scene, which can be downloaded from:

A line-backer-built guy with freckles running down a dark hallway. He's looking at the viewer and has a ball of fire in his hand. His hair is mussed; he's wearing a t-shirt and jeans, and there's a mix of fear and determination on his face. (in the next still, the fireball fills the frame).

A tall and slender blonde girl closes her eyes as bright golden threads shoot in all directions from around her head, like the sun. She can either be sitting on her dorm bed or standing in the woods.

If you are interested, please email me a sample of one of these (kate AT katekaynak DOT com). I will choose the artist who best captures the feel of the book. I have a bunch of scenes I would like to create this way, and I'll send you a PDF of the manuscript, so you can get a good feel for the story and the characters.

I'll pay $50 per image, contingent on approval, and I have a "for hire" contract I'll need you to sign. You'll be credited as the artist whenever I use the images. The primary purpose for these is the book trailer, but I'd love to use them in other promotional materials, as well. BTW, the music for the book trailer is the second half of the Glenridge song Angels (starting around the 2:05 mark). Have a listen here.

More info about MINDER and the GANZFIELD series at:


Disgruntled Bear said...

I guess I should put some legalese up here or something. Artists retain the copyright to all images until we get the "for hire" contract signed. I can't and won't use the image without the signed contract. Feel free to scrawl your name or something across the scanned image, the way photographers protect their proofs.

Comment here if you have questions, or email me at the address above.

Disgruntled Bear said...

Ooh, I already have someone interested! And I haven't even finished feeding the kids their breakfast!

Andrea Franco-Cook said...

I think your book will be interesting. My sixteen year old is a fantastic artist, but he doesn't know it. I will tell him about your book. If nothing else, it will open his eyes to the opportunities that are available to artists nowadays.

All the best.

Disgruntled Bear said...

Thanks, Andrea!

Disgruntled Bear said...

I've had a couple of artists contact me about this. I'm excited to see what they come up with. If you haven't emailed me yet, but still want to send a sample, please get it to me by Monday, 1 March.

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