Hello everyone. Like the name of the topic states, I am looking for an artist.
I have been working on this idea/story since 2010. I even tried to find an artist to draw it back then, but fortunately, I was not successful (because I didn't really know what I wanted to do with the project).
Since then, I had enough time to flesh out the characters/story (even though the premise remained the same) and get a clearer idea of the direction for the project.
This might be a long post, but I tried to cover most of the questions that you might have.
Plot Summary: A strange dream of a girl named Caroline hiding a small casket in a stone wall and calling her name has been bothering Lily Hunt, now a college student, since she was 8. Lily goes on a study trip to Czech Republic with her two best friends, Adam Evans and Alyssa McKenzie, and her dreams start to evolve. Lily believes that she sees events that that took place in the past, in Prague, when witch-hunts were in full swing.
The plot develops simultaneously in both the present and the past through Lily's dreams and visions and involves witchcraft, demons, mythical creatures, and secret societies. Eventually, Lily’s connection to all of this is also revealed.
Genre: comedy, supernatural, fantasy, horror, romance, adventure
Color/B&W: black and white (+ shading/screentones if possible).
Inspired by: The Haunting of Alaizabel Cray (Chris Wooding, 2001/book), Silent Hill (games/soundtracks), The Skeleton Key (2005/movie), books about witch-hunts + tons of manga/anime.
What this project WILL NOT be:
A shounen. No sassy modern demons in fancy suits or teenagers jumping off buildings and punching baddies in the face. Also, no flashy weapons or highly impractical outfits. Supernatural things will be happening in this comic, but in a more traditional and eerie ritualistic way, which means there will be magic but no energy balls or anything of the sort.
1. Is this a paid project?
Yes and no. I will elaborate on that in the following questions, so please keep reading.
2. How do you intend to pay for pages?
I would prefer to start off on a non-paid basis, and develop the project into something that would eventually bring profit (this will make more sense once you check questions 4, 5, 6).
If the artist absolutely insists on being paid from the get-go, that's understandable - paper/pencils/etc cost money, and drawing is hard work, so it's something that we could discuss as well. However, I won't be able to pay through the nose, so that would be more of a token fee until we get everything going.
3. How long will the chapters be?
30-45 pages depending on how much needs to be covered in a specific chapter.
I haven't finished the script yet (I have about 2/3 of it done), but I suppose the story would wrap up within 8-10 chapters.
4. What do you plan to do with the project?
Promote & publish it online on social networks, forums, specialized comic websites, etc. Once a certain number of pages is reached (less than a full chapter), I’d like to open a website for the comic.
5. Is that it?
No. Once the first chapter is finished, I will order N copies of the comic from a printing house (the quantity depends on the popularity of the comic). Basically, everyone would be able to order a physical copy from the website, which could be advertised way before the first chapter is done. Printing and shipping will be handled by me.
So, to be clear, it will start off as a webcomic. It will take a fair amount of time to finish drawing the first chapter and to put it out digitally (I have no plans to ask the artist to draw a chapter a month, that's crazy), so by the time it's done, enough people will know about the comic.
Let's look at it as a webcomic that will be printed occasionally if there's demand.
6. What will happen with the money made?
I cannot predict the level of success of the comic; however, in any case, I would be absolutely fine with splitting the earnings 50/50 between myself and the artist.
7. What do you need from the artist?
* A few examples of their work if possible.
* The ability to draw both eerie and funny.
* Consistent style.
Also, even though it eventually will turn into a somewhat commercial project, I am very passionate about the story and would appreciate if the artist felt interested in it too. I don’t want to end up getting a few character doodles and then never hearing from them again. I would like for it to be a collaboration between me and the artist, it would be nice to bounce ideas around and discuss things as well.
If that makes the artist’s life easier, then I can do lettering myself.
Currently there are no set deadlines, so we can discuss that late.
8. Means of communication?
Skype or email would be best.
IF you are interested/have questions, feel free to PM me or reply to this topic.
We can exchange Skype IDs or emails.
If you ARE interested in the story/project, but feel uneasy about the terms (the topic of payment, especially), just PM me with what YOU would expect from this, and we could work something out.
As I said, I cannot afford to pay a lot (and I imagine $60-200 per page would be the average price), but I could try to compensate you for your work to the best of my ability.