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Illustrator Masterclasses: Art Director’s Brief

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 09/10/2021
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Location
Online
Online - Online,


Art Director’s Brief 

with Wide Eyed Publishing Senior Designer

Myrto Dimitrakoulia

9 October 2021 | 13:30 – 17:00

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We are very excited to announce this year’s Art Director’s Brief from Senior Designer, Myrto Dimitrakoulia and Wide Eyed Publishing.
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The brief

This year’s brief is a narrative non-fiction book about the life of explorer Mathew Henson, who is though to be the first man reaching the North Pole in 1909. Those who book tier 1 will be sent information on 4 interior spreads and layouts. Participants are invited to choose 2 to illustrate, ideally with non identical layouts.

Here is a summary of each spread: 

 

Henson’s Early life – Vignette/Graphic-novel style layout with some images of Henson’s early life and his initial meeting with Peary. The number of panels and the suggested layout is just a guide, so feel free to work with a different number of panels if that works better for your style.

 

The Route – Full bleed image with a vintage looking map showing the route Peary and Henson followed to the Pole. The image could also feature a compass and/or a sextant, both of which were used for navigation at the time.

 

Aboard the Roosevelt – Spot images of the crew and supplies aboard the Roosevelt.

 

North Pole– Full bleed image with Henson, followed by his 4 Inuit companions, reaching the Pole, and planting the American flag in the frozen ground.

 

Specifications

Each spread is sized at 290mm height x 470mm width (235mm x 290mm page size)

The templates, number of panels and text boxes are a guide only and can be adjusted and moved around.

Remember that the black text needs to fit on the page and be legible.

This brief could potentially become a live project for the right person and should be considered NDA material.

The full brief, templates for all 4 spreads, reference images and submition instructions will be provided only to the first tier bookings this masterclass.

 

 

The Art Director’s Brief is being offered as a two tiered booking:

Tier 1 – Participating in the brief, the feedback process for first the roughs and final artwork, as well as the online session on the 9th October. These places are limited and allocated on a first come first served to the first fifteen bookings.

Tier 2 – Attendance to the online session on 9th October only.

 

Timeline

8 August 2021 – Deadline for initial roughs on chosen two spreads. Suggest supplying 3 versions for each spread to give Myrto choices to suggest best composition options. You could also include any character design development sketches or if you choose the map, consider sketch development of icons that you might integrate. Also please include a sample of your work, something you’ve already done in the past. (Tier 1 only)

 

5 September 2021 – Return of initial feedback to illustrators to apply to 2 spreads for the online live masterclass on the 9 October 2021. (Tier 1 only)

 

9 October 2021 – Join an online masterclass with Myrto to hear about what Wide Eyed Publishing looks for the authors/illustrators that they work with, listen in on the invaluable feedback being giving to those illustrators who participated in the brief and be part of the Q&A. (Tiers 1 & 2)

 

Please note: A link to the templates and references images will be supplied to participating illustrators within 3 days of booking. 

All zoom details will be sent to the email you register with. Any questions, please contact Anne-Marie Perks

 


 

Myrto Dimitrakoulia works as a Senior Designer at Wide Eyed Editions and Frances Lincoln Children’s Books. After completing a Publishing MA at City University and working in Foreign Rights for 2 years, she realised she would be much happier making the books rather than selling them and enrolled in Shillington to study Design.

She has since worked for Little Tiger and Quarto on over 60 titles, from pre-school novelty books to picture books and dense non-fiction titles. In 2018 she worked on “The Girls” which went on to win the Waterstones Illustrated Book of the Year Award for 2019. She loves discovering new illustrators, organising her Pinterest boards and developing new exciting book formats and concepts!

 


A limited number of fully funded tickets are available for illustrators underrepresented in children’s publishing.

We recognise all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA+, BAME, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities. We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalisation.

To apply for a free place, please email illuscoordinator@britishscbwi.org with Free Places in the subject header. In no more than a few sentences, please explain how you identify as being under-represented and tell us something about your commitment to writing for children. If you are applying for the free places due to financial hardship, you do not need to explain your situation. We will trust that anyone who applies has a legitimate need.  The free places will then be allocated to selected eligible applicants. The deadline for submitting applications for free places for Tier 1 is midnight on Sunday, 18th July.

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Tier 2 - Non members - £10.00
Online masterclass only


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