The Main Story & Idea
The main story of the book would be of a man in search of a world. I think I want to start it with him walking the streets, telling a story of his trouble childhood from the neglect of his parents who struggled economically, a period of homelessness, bullied at school, and eventually him running away to city to find a new life. [One thing about him is that he writes in a small pad of notebook paper wherever he goes and likes to go to the beach to watch the sunset to get away from everything.] While in the city he has his struggles of finding a place to stay, food to eat, and also meeting people. Eventually he meets a girl, finds a job, and things are going well. One day, he is talking to her and after they finish talking (they end on a bad note on the phone) he is killed (mugged?) ... in any case, she tries calling him, no answer. She thinks he is upset with her for some reason. Later on she finds out he was killed and goes through an emotionally roller coaster. When he is found, they found his notepad on the floor. The notepad (along with a few others they give to her) has poems since he was little, about his life. Many of the poems when he was young were dark and begin to change when he first met her. The last entry he wrote right after they hung up and pretty much says how much she has meant to him. In any case, it's just a rough outline, but I think doing this has allowed me to think of a way to start writing the poetic story. If you have any ideas let me know! I am looking for an anime type character and it can simply be silhouettes or very basic detailed images and you can photoshop a gradient background or I can add a background, but I need the white to be filled.
As far as payment, I want to pay you per image/page, but I also don't know how long it will take you to make each page. We can discuss how long it would take and if this is even feasible for you in the amount of time you have. What I will do is start writing the story since I have an idea of where I want to go and you can work on the background to fit it to how the text layout is. I can use any of the layouts on the right so if you create an image in anyway, I can make it work. Also, there does not have to be an image on every page, it can also just be color on some but should match the opposing page. I would also need a cover and a backing that matches the interior images.
In my mind, the characters look like this, but I'm sure you can think of something that's simple, yet anime-ish :P I am just looking at the characters as samples, obviously there would not be a detailed background.
What do you think? Let me know :)
BTW ... I haven't settled on a title, but might call it, the journal or something like that. If you have any idea, let me know!
The white areas are where the images could be placed. I can use more area for text, however, the main image needs to be within a one inch border all the way around. The page can be shaded and there can be color where the text will go, however, the text will cover any image that you create. I would be able to mold the length of each text around the images. I added the first two POTENTIAL pages of the book. The first is a journal written by the main character and the second and overview of his struggles. WE CAN DO THIS IN COLOR OR BLACK AND WHITE. I WOULD PREFER COLOR BUT IF WE DID IT BLACK AND WHITE, IT WOULD BE AVAILABLE SOONER.