I am looking for someone to illustrate my series of childrens books. The books are somewhat dark (for a kids book) and revolve around the theme of Fairies. Not the traditional winged nice fairies but the fairies of Irish folklore. . Where I live we are largely descended from Irish people. Our landscape is also visually similar as the stone walls, houses etc were built in that style. The fairies in the folklore and in my story are very human like. They are mostly human in appearance, but smaller, and they are a little out of proportion. They have larger heads and sometimes their bodies can be out of proportion. They live in the forest but also have a fairyland that is basically a different dimension. They are not necessarily bad, but they are definitely mischievous and can be bad. For example, as kids we were told stories where they took babies to the fairyland only to return them to this world dead and half eaten. Alternatively, in some situations where kids got lost in the woods in the winter they brought them to the fairyworld and protected and fed them. It seemed to depend on the person and the mood of the fairies. They are clever and cunning but not necessarily as smart as humans. They had magical abilities but were by no means "god like". I have included a pic of a forest elf. While not being a fairy necessarily I really liked how it appears humanlike but not exactly human like. It looks older and mystical. But you cant tell by its expression and appearance if it is necessarily friendly or mean. They always appear old (I never heard a story of a baby fairy) and they wear old clothing. The eyes are large and the arms are somewhat out of porportion. I would like generally speaking for the fairies to look almost like a caricature of a old person . While the landscape can be flat and doesnt need a load of detail it would be nice to make the fairies look 3 dimensional and realistic.
The setting is in a forest. The forest is both the most magical place in the day and the most scariest place in the night.
This project is simply for someone to do a sketch of how they would draw the fairies, and a little example of the landscape. I will pay for this sketch and if its suitable we will move forward and I will hire you to do the book . The price range on the book will be $5 - $10 per page (illustration)