So I'm sitting on my couch waiting very impatiently. For what, you ask? I'm waiting for the printed copy of the "Discover A Muse" so I can double check the quality before I put the book live. Sigh... I'm not very good at waiting. So, to distract myself...look, a shiny bright bauble! Recently, when I had 30 seconds to sit quietly and think, I had a thought pop up. I am forever getting emails from folks that are offering to help me with ArtOrder. Normally I can't think of a way to let them help me. I'll admit it, I have issues around delegating. This time, I had an idea that made for a win/win situation. While I enjoyed working on the Discover a Muse book I just didn't have the time to get it accomplished in a timely means.
The process was kind of fun though, and I liked knowing that shortly I would have a book filled with art from the challenge in my hands (and I would be able to start funneling money toward our chosen charity - Discovery Arts). I've often wanted to put together books from each of the challenges, but I've decided not to do it simply because I don't have the time to wrangle all of that together every few weeks. This is where the flash of inspiration came in. I know there are some talented folks in the audience, and I'm guessing that a few of them are skilled in the art of graphic design. So the idea came to me - why not see if someone would like to take the development of the book on! So I'm hanging out the 'help wanted' sign.
Wanted! Graphic Designer to create beautiful picture books. Must have a appreciation for fantasy and sci-fi art. Must be proficient with InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. Duties: Wrangle artists for high res files. Layout and design book. What do you get out of it? Well, I'll be truthful, it won't be fortune - this is an unpaid, volunteer position (like myself). You will get a lot of creative freedom, and a big fat credit in the book. This is an excellent opportunity for a nice portfolio piece if you play your cards right. I'd love to circle back around and start with the Lovecraft challenge, and pick up as many of the other challenges as we want to do. It all depends on how many folks raise there hand. I would like to start offering books for all of the challenges rolling forward. If you are interested, send me an email with "Book Designer" in the subject line, and a link to your design portfolio or a few samples.