Competition – Calling all Illustrators and Graphic Artists!


We would like to encourage you to submit your strip in a three-image plus text format to us at Deadline for the application is the 6th of November 2017. Content of the strip:

1. image. a midwife and a pregnant woman. midwife is checking the fetal heart rate. place: at the woman’s home

2. image. the midwife documenting the findings of her assessment in a pregnancy chart looking up and facing the woman and saying “everything sounds good.”

3. The woman is sitting up, holding her belly and looking at the midwife “thanks for your re-assurance. I feel safe”.

Together with the strip please hand in a description of your

  • motivation
  • international work experience
  • language capacities
  • a track record of previous projects and clients
  • years working in the field including two references
  • hourly rate for first character development
  • rate for one pager once characters are developed

A small committee will select the winner based on both: the team’s preferences and the financial offer.  The winner of this competition will be able to secure a contract for a larger-scale project to develop a comic which is semi-serious and educational in nature, and is to highlight the role of the midwife globally. We are planning to start with the funded project immediately after we have announced the winner one week after the deadline.

About the project the winner is awarded with:The target audience is young people and health professionals aged over 15 years. The comic will be disseminated via facebook and other online social media and also printed for distribution at health professional training schools, health clinics and several other locations. The comic will be developed in a storyboard format, telling the stories of midwives who work in different contexts around the world. There will be some narrative text included in a horizontal text bar at the bottom of the frames and also speech, thought and action ‘bubbles’ to include text and tell the story.

We have developed character profiles and stories and need an artist’s help to make our stories come alive. We are wanting the characters to be human-like, accessible, warm and realistic (with all the shapes and colours reflecting ethnic and cultural diversity). The stories will be based on real-life events and we are wanting the readers to be able to relate to the characters in our stories therefore we are not wanting overly-sexualised or stylized characters.

To start, we have developed 6 short stories, to fit on an A4 size page, so about 12-16 frames per page. There will be three main characters who will appear in each story but they will also meet secondary characters and the setting will be different in each story. One story in Asia, one in Africa for example.


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