Please note that this ad is now closed. I've received a large number of replies, especially in the last 24 hours, so it may take me a little longer to go through every one of them. I'll be contacting several people throughout today - probably also tomorrow - to sort out the details, narrow it down and create a contract.
If this is still available, I'd love to work for you. The thematic style you are going for is very interesting, and something I believe to be a strong suit of mine. Here is my most recent digital painting: [link]
Re-bumping this one to the top. Also a little more information regarding the the overall concept, for clarification.
I've received a large number of very fantasy based work samples: Dragons, half-naked fair maiden's and Conan-esque axe wielding, bare chested types. Although those are all very impressive pieces of art I'm really looking for a more modern design. I've seen very little in the way of illustrations featuring characters dressed in designer clothing, for example. There are some fantastical elements to the whole package, however I'm looking to keep those as restrained as possible.
In that vein I felt I should talk in a little more detail, whilst still keeping it vague.
The story follows two characters on the precipice of the end times/ Armageddon / the rapture: A male in his late twenties - murderer, drug addict, morally gray hitman by trade (not quite that simple, of course). By nature of the setting and his "profession" he'll be mostly cutting around in heavy coats, concealing the handguns around his waist and track marks across his arms beneath.
A girl, several years younger - damaged, alone and desperately searching for something to renew her faith in humanity. Similarly, heavy winter fashion on her end. I really -do not- want her to be sexualised in any way, as that would detract from her purpose.
A large part of their character development hinges around the girl using the guy, attempting to change him for the better in order to prove to herself that people and the world at large are essentially good despite how dark they can sometimes be. He reciprocates this, in part, affording her shelter and food as a method of clearing his own conscience.
So, to re-use a few words; I'm going for a dark, gritty and occasionally vicious feel. Violence, gunfire, blood (but avoiding gore), references to drug use to a backdrop of a world on the edge held barely together by a frail hope which does more to damage than heal.
I'm hoping the art, design direction can re-enforce those themes, without becoming too overbearing and complex from panel to panel.
I'll of course put much more detail across when it comes time to do so. I'm unfortunately just a little wary over giving too much information out on a high traffic site such as Deviantart and would prefer to talk specifics to a much narrower audience for the time being.
Thanks for your reply. On finalising an agreement with the artist a written description as well as a few suggested sources for inspiration will be forwarded over to help pinpoint the rough idea. As long as the design remains within the broad strokes it will be acceptable. Any areas of concern would be brought up at the sketched wip stage, in any case.
I would say however that I've had a look at your gallery and although I really appreciate the interest I don't think you are who I'm looking for. Apologies and once again, thank you for taking the time to reply.
That's alright if my style is not your thing. Maybe you should put some examples of what you are looking for that way you get artists who would be suitable more than those who are not. Just a suggestion.
It's only been an hour or so however I've already had a fairly large volume of replies from a good number of very talented people. With this in mind I've decided to leave the advert open until Saturday 26th, on which day I'll sit down, go through each reply again, make the decision and send out reply emails.