In this contest we would like to find designers that create the many different coloring book scenes and with whom we will continue on a long term basis.
Here are the details for the samples we like to receive in this contest:
- Coloring book illustration(s) in black and white
- For age 2 relatively thick lines and few details (2-3 objects per page)
- For age 4 and up less thick (3-5 objects per page)
- For adults quite detailed with fine lines.
- All scenes need to have a perspective (front, back, background, sky – not just a cow and a chicken in a “farm life” scene).
- Preferred is hand-drawing as it is more natural and unique. Vector would also work if not just with perfectly straight lines.
- All figures (animals, persons) need to be cute and have a positive character. There are thousands of coloring books available – these need to special/different/unique and really, really neat!
- Especially the facial expression and eyes need to be very comforting. Eyes with many circles are a no-go.
- Here are three sample texts that appear on the left of a flipped open book. The right hand always shows that illustration:
From “Farm life” (from age 4): “The cock only ate for a moment, he has something more important to do: Like every morning, he's standing on the dung heap crowsing. "Kikeriki! Wake up!" He says, "Do you hear me? This is my territory and these are my hens! I want everyone to hear how great I am." And because everyone really should know that, he crows all day long, all day long.”
From “Dinosaurs” (from age 2): “The Dino babies remained in the nest after hatching until they were big enough.”
From “Mountains and Valleys” (adults): “The Alps are the highest and most extensive mountain range system that lies entirely in Europe, stretching approximately 1,200 kilometres (750 mi) across eight Alpine countries (from west to east): France, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, and Slovenia. The mountains were formed over tens of millions of years as the African and Eurasian tectonic plates collided. Extreme shortening caused by the event resulted in marine sedimentary rocks rising by thrusting and folding into high mountain peaks such as Mont Blanc and the Matterhorn. Mont Blanc spans the French–Italian border, and at 4,810 m (15,781 ft) is the highest mountain in the Alps. The Alpine region area contains about a hundred peaks higher than 4,000 metres (13,000 ft).
- Designers receive these text pieces and a bit more information what each illustration should contain (see attachement” Seitenskizze_Bauernhof_engl_illu”).
- The design of each page (text and illustration together) is also part of this contest. We would like to have a page design as well and not just plain text on the left and an illustration on the right.