Children’s Illustration opportunity

We have received another email from an individual who’s currently publishing a children book and needs some illustrations to go with it. If you help out do let us know. We cannot endorse this project, we are merely passing on the information!


I am currently in the phase of publishing a children’s book and I’m looking for an illustrator to this project! The book is called “Jeff’s World” and is about an airplane called Jeff who one day breaks free from the people who been controlling him for his whole life. He gets punished and put away but in the darkest hour, he finally gets rescued by a new friend who takes him to an island called “Toupia’ where he discovers himself.

If this sound interesting to you or if you know someone who might be interested in this project, I’d be happy to send the book for a closer look.

Unfortunately, I can’t offer any compensation at the moment. (I borrowed money myself to be able to publish the book). If the book speaks to your heart I’m sure we can come up with some agreement if the book generates any profit! (It’s a bit up to the illustrator but as whole it’s not a big commitment, the book is only about 60-70 pages long).

Regarding the illustrations: I don’t have any strict requirements, I’m actually very curious of the illustrators own visual interpretation of the text. I should add though that it’s a story that has no define borders and I don’t want to give away too much to the reader. Maybe funny and weird little details and as a whole a style that doesn’t follow the laws of nature. A dream basically.

Markus Lovkvist

0046 76 2208 466

Children’s Illustration Opportunities……

Here is another opportunity, this time for children’s illustration students. Good luck and if you are involved in the project let us know!


I am writing to ask if any of your students would like to illustrate any of my next children’s books. I have published 2 paperbacks with Hauxwell Publishing for the pre-school market and my third book is due out in Spring (in hard back). I have a book deal with Hauxwell Publishing. Unfortunately, because Hauxwell are a tiny, new publisher, I have not made any money (either by advance or in royalties) from the books and it is unlikely that I will make any money from my next few books. At the moment, I am just writing as a hobby, because it’s what I love to do, but in the knowledge that it is building up my portfolio as a writer. This means that the artist will not make any money either, but it would be a good opportunity for a new artist to have a publication for their portfolio. So, if, like me, anyone from the College would love to see their work published, I would really like to hear from them. If the artist wishes, we can submit the completed book for consideration to one of the bigger publishers first. If they do not accept it, then it will still be published by Hauxwell Publishing.
The books for Hauxwell Publishing will be produced by Lightning Source Printers in standard colour, with a trim size of 6.69 x 9.61inches or 244 x 170 mm, with a case laminate hardcover. The artist will have to be able to produce .pdf files to this printer’s requirements (which currently are .pdfs generated from Photoshop, Indesign or Quark). The artist will also have to use the printer’s cover design template. Full details of how to prepare the files for this printer can be found here:

Here are a list of example scenes, taken from different books. Any illustrator interested in working on the books should create a .pdf of the scene of the book they would most like to work on and email it to me as a .pdf at the email address below. Please also state if you are willing to work on other books instead.

1. Mikey The Jungle Monkey – Young Mikey has a large toy chimp that he takes everywhere with him. He dreams of going to the jungle, being just like a chimpanzee and meeting all of Monkey’s jungle friends, but Mum wants him back in time for dinner. Sample image – boy’s face looking wistful, with a thought bubble of all the jungle animals at his home for tea, with the mum, dad, little boy and toy monkey around the dinner table.

2. ‘Fraser & The Fire Engine’ – Fraser loves fire engines and he is delighted when the fire fighters come to his school’s Fun Day. Image – fire engine at school fun day with a queue of young children waiting for a turn to use the hose and to see inside the cab.

3. ‘Send That Baby Back! Pregnancy and new baby from a young child’s perspective’ – Amy is about to become a big sister. She wonders how the baby got in Mum’s tummy, but more importantly, she’s worried that her mummy and daddy will love the new baby more than her. Image – mum, new born baby, sulky new big sister Amy and whole load of people who come to visit after the new baby is born (grandparents, aunties, uncles and friends).

4. ‘Tonika the Truth-Teller: Licensed fairytale and bedtime stories myth buster & nightmare slayer extraordinaire’ – Tonika is hired to help at the local children’s home where the children are scared to go to sleep at night because they have nightmares about dragons, the big bad wolf, the bogeyman, giants and witches. Some of the children believe in “nice” things like unicorns and fairies. Most of them even think that they will find loving parents and ‘live happily ever after’. Are any of these things real? Will any of them happen? The children rely on Tonika to tell them the truth. Image – Tonika (female teenager, wearing a cape with a ‘myth buster’ badge?) in an orphanage, talking about dragons, unicorns and wolves.


1.  Can I increase the trim size? – Yes.  I am open to ideas on this and like the idea of a bigger size. Another suggested size might be 8 x 10 inches width x height (or 254 x 203mm height x width), but I am willing to consider any trim size you would like to produce, in line with those offered by the printer, Lightning Source, for a colour hardback (case laminate) which they also offer as a paperback.  Please see their current trim sizes here:

 2. Is the page set up portrait or landscape?  The trim sizes given are for a portrait set-up, but if you think a particular size in square or landscape would work better for your illustrations, then please suggest this (bearing in mind the trim sizes available from the printer).

3. When is the deadline for submissions? There is no deadline, but if you would like to work on a particular story, then please ensure your submission arrives by the end of March 2013 so that it can be judged alongside the other submissions.

4. Can I make a submission for more that one story? Yes, but there is no need to go to that extra work at this stage because if your work is not chosen for one story, you will automatically be considered for other books if you’d like to be. Please make it clear in your email whether you would like to be considered for illustrating other books.

Please email illustrations to

My personal email, if anyone has any questions, is

Many thanks!

Wendy Hesketh

Cartoonist opportunity…..

Here is another opportunity for a cartooning student this time, please note that the college are only passing on this information, we are not endorsing these opportunities. Good luck and let us know if you are the successful applicant.


Opportunity, for an enthusiastic and passionate Art student. I am seeking an Art student to work with me on future published courses on Sport and Education. At present I am working on a golf project which will be aimed at the UK and USA golf markets. In future there will possibly be work on my academic courses. Initially, I am seeking to appoint an artist to draw a cartoon for the front cover and one for the back,

Each of these cartoons will show one male and one female enjoying their golf on the course smiling and happy. The aim is to draw attention to the course on the bookshelves and the web.

The artist appointed would have their name mentioned throughout the courses and put their name in front of a wide audience, thus leading hopefully to many more commissions.

Payment is negotiable, it could be a one off payment, a nominal first payment then a percentage commission on my profits, or simply a lucrative commission on my profits for as long as the course is being sold.

Those wishing to be considered please text or call me on 07503 72 78 70. Or write directly to my email  I will be happy to meet with any keen students in next ten days. Also, I will need the two examples of your work to consider.

You should know that I m an easy individual to work with, and the artist appointed will find this a most rewarding and worthwhile project to get involved in. The main qualities I am seeking are enthusiasm , passion and quality cartoons that attract those wishing to Master Golf.

Dennis J Smith M.Ed

Illustrate it…Competition

We have received the following details from Oliver Carew from Illustrate it. It looks to be quite an exciting competition. If any of our students enter, let us know!


In the coming few weeks I am due to launch an international online illustration competition, entitled ‘Illustrate it’. The competition was run last year and was a great success, with over 100 entries and 25,000 visits to the website. I am now looking to approach young, talented artists and illustrators with a view to them entering the 2013 competition.

The competition is free to enter and will be open to all artists and illustrators over the age of 18. Entrants will be requested to read a new children’s picturebook entitled ‘The Lucky Book’, which will be posted on the website, and then upload their illustration of a section of the book. The winner will win the opportunity to illustrate the whole of the book, due to be published later this year, as well as £2,000. Second and third place prizes will also exist. There is currently a holding page in place at – from here you can click the Facebook and Twitter links to read more about the competition.

Oliver Carew

Illustrate it

Success for Pet Portrait Student

We would like to congratulate Andrea for successfully passing the pet Portraits Diploma course in distinctions. Andrea emailed us a photo of an article her local newspaper which you can view and read below. Andrea said….”I’ve never been in the paper before…I am really quite excited about it, its made 3 local newspapers”. We are thrilled for Andrea and wish her the best of luck in her future career taking commissions for animal portraits, exhibitions and her pastel workshops!


Children’s Book illustration student makes it!

Gay Mckinnon successfully completed our Children’s Book Illustration Diploma in 2011 and she has just published her first book as an illustrator. Gay told us that the diploma definitely helped her and she has written a little piece describing how……


I completed the LAC Diploma in Children’s Book Illustration in 2011. In addition to the valuable experience I gained by doing the exercises, preparing the illustration briefs and receiving Maggie’s feedback, I found the Diploma extremely helpful in identifying the area of illustration that I felt most attracted to.

After finishing the Diploma I continued to work hard on improving my illustrations, and in 2011-12, I won the Australian CYA illustration competition for unpublished illustrators, the Omnibus books illustrated envelope competition, and a special mention in the Kids Book Review picture book writing competition.

In 2012, my hard work paid off when I was offered a contract to illustrate ‘The Smallest Carbon Footprint in the Land’ by Australian author Anne Morgan (publisher IP Kidz).

The book is a collection of funny, recycled fairytales written around environmental themes. It required silly, lively black and white illustrations in a slightly retro style. As black and white illustration was the unit that I enjoyed most during the LAC diploma, I was delighted.

I did break into colour briefly for the cover art, however! The Kindle version of the book has just been released on Amazon, and we will be launching the print version soon in Australia. I hope that this is only the first of many books for me. Thank you, London Art College, for your help.



Why not visit Gay’s wonderful blog and website links below, they are really worth a read and perusal, don’t forget to bookmark them!

Gay’s blog
Gay’s folio