I'm offering upfront pay work-for-hire for pencils/inks (and ideally colored pages) for a 16 page fantasy/action Yaoi comic to be self-published in a 2007 anthology. I'm looking for a realistic manga style (although still depicting cute/handsome guys) with clean lines, expressive characters and uncluttered backgrounds. Strong life drawing skills a plus. Character design should show sweet-faced, boy-next-door, regular guys -- no porn stars or bishonen, please. Send page rates, experience and links to sequential art (a must) to firstname.lastname@example.org. If we work well together, there would be longer projects, also for upfront pay.
Please do not respond unless you have actual comic pages to show me (in additional to single panels, which are, of course, helpful, too). I do try to get back to those who respond, and when I've posted on other sites (including Digital Webbing), over 60% of my emails are writing back asking if the artist has any sequential samples to show me because they failed to include any (or never had any to begin with.) I am looking for someone with experience in drawing sequential art, no exceptions.
To explain a little more what I'm looking for in character design, ideally I'm looking for depictions of guys with somewhat rounded, sensual, but still masculine faces, similar to what you'd find in Seinen/Shonen Romance (think Ryoichi Ikegami in Offered) or Seinen/Shonen Action (think Jiro Taniguchi, Katsuhiro Otomo), instead of, say, traditional CLAMP renderings. These are handsome, but regular guys, so if your preferred characters have more than 3% body fat, then this project may be for you.
This short comic is about an inexperienced sorcerer's apprentice who must rescue his boyfriend from a charming, but lethal demon after a summoning goes very wrong. There's magic, action and, of course, some romance.
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