Update: the following paragraph supersedes the original content details, which can still be read below the dotted line:
I like the designs coming in, they help my own creative juices. I wish I had talent like yours, so please be patient with me. Here is a change of plans: Can you please make the castle somewhat complete, doesn't have to be fully detailed, but instead of the blocks in the kids hands, show them playing with a princess doll, a knight figure, and a dinosaur / dragon either in their hands or on the floor or a parapet of the castle. Then change the kids "thought bubble" to a spoken text bubble (different shape, with a pointy lead from the speakers), like they are talking to themselves softly and to each other as they imagine a scene together. The contents of their spoken bubble is still shared but won't have images anymore , it will now have random words not full sentences, for example, "Let's pretend ... the princess is here... and then the dragon... but the knight draws his sword..." You can make these words go in random directions, be different sizes (larger for the key words), on different lines or no lines, and overlap phrases partially. You don't even have to use my wording that I just stated or include all my phrasing. But at least mention "let's pretend," "princess," "dragon," and "knight." Why do I want this change from the original project description? I hope it will better draw out for the viewer what the parents are thinking (no changes there) so that the viewer immediately picks up on "lets pretend" since that phrase will be in both thought and spoken bubbles and perhaps not rely upon a caption so much to make the point. Still include the "Let's Pretend" caption at the bottom, but I'm no longer 100% sure about that, let's see what things look like after these changes.
(Original content details follow)
Name for this project: Let's Pretend
I'm looking for a two-dimensional black and white line drawing, with only as much shading and detail as is necessary to convey the following stereotypical family scene.
1). Two kids (a boy and a girl) ages anywhere between 3 and 7 who are seated on the floor or kneeling as they collaborate to build a medieval castle out of blocks.
2). While they are working with their hands, there is a thought bubble above their heads with lines or smaller bubbles or something to show they are both thinking the same kinds of fantasies.
3). Within the kids' shared thought bubble, there are three images (drawn more primitive than the rest of the drawing) showing: a princess, a dragon, and a knight.
4). Somewhere else in the room near the kids are their mom and dad, clearly watching the kids play, but with their own shared thought bubble, which contains the words, "Let's pretend tomorrow isn't Monday!" These adults might be seated on a couch, or also on the floor near the kids like they are helping, but it should be clear the kids are doing the major work. One adult could be resting back on both hands while seated crosslegged or with legs extended straight in front with feet crossed at the ankles while the other adult has a block in hand passing it to a kid, etc. Try different arrangements as you think possible when composing the scene.
5). At either the top or the bottom of the whole scene is a caption that says, "Playing 'Let's Pretend!' "
6). Expressions on the family's faces should generally be peaceful, or content, engaged or reflective.
- No time pieces visible.
- Don't need the rest of the room or house drawn, perhaps just lines to show a floor? Up to you how you indicate being on the floor.
- If you include a TV make sure it is off and no one is watching it, or just leave it out.
- No specifics as to race or nationality.
- No recognizable merchandise (for example, the princess should not look like the ones in the movie Frozen nor like Barbie, etc. The parents should not resemble famous personalities, etc.)
-Don’t base your work in any way on stock images or other copyrighted / licensed pre-existing works. Your work should be original.
Note: I don't think I'm looking for the caricature style of art that distorts dimensions and body parts, but if that's your talent maybe it will impress me. Right now I'm thinking not like a caricature. But I don't demand perfect realism for proportions and dimensions, either.
My intended use / purpose: I'm writing a book (print and electronic) on socially responsible investing. This illustration will appear inside the pages of the introduction to Chapter One, surrounded by chapter text. In said text I make a comparison between the children's game of "Let's Pretend" and the adult world of responsibility where reality limits freedom. I state that maturity requires one to know the difference between opportunities for creative expression vs. situations of sacrifice / suffering as one conforms to external realities. My book will be posted on a website with the illustration visible, but never without context as part of the intended lesson. Further, derivative summary books might or might not include the illustration as the chapter itself is condensed for them. The caption to the illustration will always include note or footnote as to the identity of the illustrator, though I understand 99 Designs requires transfer of copyright to me.
- I need the final files in at least .jpg format. And resolutions able to support 6inches wide by 4 inches tall for print files and web display. (So I guess that means I'm looking for landscape orientation...? Unless you can suggest otherwise.)
- Can you think of anything else I should be asking?
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