Friday, February 01, 2008

YOU can be in Beasts!

I am accepting submissions from the blog readers to appear in Beasts, Book Two, should anyone be interested. At least one piece will be chosen to run in the book, alongside work by some of the best artists out there.

Please read all the details here.

The gorgeous art above is by Femke Hiemstra for Book Two.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a nice chance! a small question-

if the final format is 8" square, does a margin of some kind need to be included in the image?

danke. david

* and the Femke Hiemstra image is lovely as well as unsettling.

1:50 PM  
Anonymous Jacob Covey said...

No margins necessary. The art is framed with a quarter inch of page space to avoid complications from the inevitable art that doesn't include bleed. --Jacob

1:55 PM  
Blogger ornitorrincoman said...

great painting!!!

and thaks for the chance to take part!!!!!

I´ll be working hard.

4:53 AM  
Blogger Chris Gardner said...

Jacob, I saw you on Drawn, what a fantastic book this will be! Who doesn't love Beasts?! The double spreads from book one are insanely good. I'm the illustrator for House Industries and wanted to pass along my conrats on a really nice book. I'm completely bummed out that I'm up tp my eyeballs in deadlines and couldn't possibly try and take a crack at a submission for this thing... maybe I can get a serious head start for book 3? Hmm? Hmmm? What do you say, will there be a book three? Good luck with everything. -Chris.

9:51 AM  
Blogger Michael J. Patrick said...

I'm excited and want to take part in this, but suffering from an inferiority complex looking at your line-up. I've already come up with a few ideas for beasts only to see that others have already picked them. Still, I may submit something. Is a Rat King technically a beast?

10:00 AM  
Anonymous tiomerka said...

Hi,i'm a brazilian illustrator and i wrote a book on brazilian myths ( some images of this book are posted in my blog). Can I submit a wok to this new book or just american illustrators can do it?
Thanks for Fantagraphics, their work is great!

5:53 AM  
Blogger Russell said...

Hi Jacob,

I've noticed there are many variations of the mythological creatures you've listed; those with different names but with very similar characteristics. Such as with Peg Powler and its similarities with Jenny Greenteeth, Haantje Pik and the Grindylow. Will you accept entries of creatures from different folklores if they are similar in characteristics to ones already depicted?

Thanks, Russell

1:26 PM  
Anonymous Jacob Covey said...

Hey everyone- thanks for writing. I'm getting a lot heavier response than I had even expected (mostly via email). I appreciate it but apologize I'm not able to keep up on it as well as I should.

Chris- I'm sure you'd do something great. Obviously you've got high standards over thar at the House. But I don't think Book 3 will happen anytime soon. It's just a LOT of work. My next pet project should involve less than 100 people to coordinate with I think. Or make money. One of the two sounds fine.

Michael- Tricky question. I'd lean towards no. At one time it was an eerie enough occurrence that it could be seen as some sort of mythological creature perhaps but it's inarguable now that it's just a bunch of rats hanging out too close together. It's more of a curious sidebar to the book. Maybe I should have sidebars...

Tiomerka- Of course you can submit. This Volume has artists from all over the world. In fact, I have had the help of three different people translating for me just to contact several of the artists. The international aspect is really important to me.

Russell- Love a person who knows their myths. Yeah, there are a number of overlaps and I'm pretty flexible about including similar stories from different locales.

I'm sorry that there isn't more opportunity to include more artists but thanks everyone. At the very least I enjoy seeing more people's visions of these stories.

Best- Jacob

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Dave Stolte said...


I submitted mine a few days ago (Florida Skunk Ape). Hope you like it!

4:17 PM  
Anonymous Fooksie said...

Man, I was close to doing a skunk ape. Instead I chose to do the Agropelter.
Hope you like it enough to use it!

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given that you don't plan a Vol. 3 and surely you're getting a lot of art,as a suggestion,Could you post here the new illustrations you receive? I'm sure many people out there would love to see them.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Diantres said...

Hi Jacob.

I can make a picture about a creature of my country? they aren't famous as japanese/chinese or greeks creatures.

11:33 AM  
Blogger ladrones ink said...

i WILL have an illustration for you

11:06 AM  
Blogger james_william_walsh said...

That looks like an amazing book. i'll keep an eye out for it. I was wondering if there was a way to get a print of that picture by Femke Hiemstra?

6:56 AM  
Blogger Anthony said...

Am loving doing my picture for this competition - if it doesn't get picked I've had fun anyway!

1:49 PM  
Blogger Ashley said...

is it possible for us to still submit things on the 1st? or does it have to be sent in before the 1st?

11:08 PM  
Blogger jimmycalves said...

just dropping by to say that i submitted something and just to double check that you guys got it. i did jikininki.

9:18 AM  
Blogger Rozum said...

Hi Jacob,

I just wanted to say thanks for the opportunity. Of late I've been having a lot of fun writing informative, yet entertaining pieces for the SCOOBY-DOO comic book about mythological beasts from around the world, but not had the opportunity to actually illustrate any, so this was a welcome change of pace and nice way to flex some different creative muscles.

I'm looking forward to BEASTS! BOOK 2 and hope we get to see all the entrees.

9:15 AM  

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