Locally-based artist wanted to illustrate and design comic-book style publication


The Role

• To illustrate the text written by the author Eugene Byrne. This is a 24pp (including covers) A4 publication primarily in mono though there may be potential for two-colour or full-colour covers (see Appendix 1 of the HFH100 Artist Brief FINAL PDF for details of content and visual styles).
• To manage the layout of the publication and prepare a print-ready file in the format required by the printers.
• To meet all deadlines as set by the client including:
o By 31 March 2019: At least six double-page spreads completed along with assorted images for use in marketing and fund-raising campaigns by the client.
o By 3 May 2019: All artwork and layout completed, ready for final proof-read.
o By 13 May 2019: Print-ready file uploaded. There will be one printers’ proof for checking.
o By 3 June 2019: Publication


In addition to having the necessary technical skills, the ideal applicant will also be able to demonstrate:

• An extensive knowledge of, or ability to research, twentieth-century costume, particularly among the UK working-class. This can all be done online. There will also be some depiction of scenes from the First and Second World Wars requiring some attention to detail regarding uniforms, equipment and other items. Most of this can be done from photos.
• Some knowledge of architecture.
• Some knowledge of the history of Bristol and its built environment in the twentieth century, including streetscapes, trams and older buses.

The author will provide numerous old photos and illustrations which the artist can use, but the artist may need to do some independent research of their own.

Regarding visual style, this is a book about houses, and thus a certain amount of linear drawing will be needed in reproducing building plans, for example. But it is first and foremost a book about homes and the people who live in them, and so the feel of the cartoon stories cannot be too cold or technical and must demonstrate a sense of humour.

Terms and Conditions

• There is a fixed, non-negotiable fee of £5,000 which will be paid in three instalments: £2,000 on the signing of the contract; £2,000 on uploading the print-ready file; £1,000 on publication.
• The artist will retain copyright of their work and the client may not use it for commercial purposes.
• The client may use the work as required within the Homes for Heroes 100 programme and in wider BCDP activity, including for marketing purposes and in the linked programmes of the Festival of the Future City and Bristol Festival of Ideas. As Bristol City Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund are providing financial support to the Homes for Heroes 100 programme they may also wish to use images in marketing and reporting material.

Application Procedure

• Deadline: applications must be received by noon Monday 25 February 2019. Email direct or use We Transfer marked for the attention of Mel Kelly, Research Director and Project Manager, at
• Application must contain the following:
o Written account of relevant experience to date, including evidence of being able to respond effectively to client requests and adhere to deadlines. (Word)
o Explanation of why this particular commission is of interest and the particular contribution you can make. (Word)
o Up to five examples of previous work, demonstrating range of visual styles. (JPG)
o Responses to TWO of the THREE assessment assignments set by the author (see the HFH100 Artist Brief FINAL PDF for details). (JPG)
• Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend interviews in Bristol on Friday 1 March 2019.