London (Central), London (Greater)
Flat fee of £2500
08 Nov 2019
25 Nov 2019
Contract Type

Skills, Knowledge and Expertise Required

  • Proven track record of producing architectural drawings or illustrations of the built environment.
  • Highly appealing and characterful illustration style that will engage younger children.
  • Ability to produce illustrations in a variety of architectural drawing conventions, such as axonometrics, perspectives, sections and aerial views.
  • An eye for capturing everyday detail that will enliven drawings of commonplace environments, such as urban streets and modest domestic interiors, as well as spectacular buildings for children.
  • A passion for architecture and an enthusiasm to impart a sense of delight to a young audience.

Important information for Applicants

  • This is a freelance job. The successful applicant will be engaged through a consultant agreement.
  • Comprehensive rights will be sought for reproducing all images across formats and in all media in perpetuity. The intention is that the drawings will be used for the colouring book, but also for promotional and marketing materials online and in print and as a resource by the RIBA Learning team.
  • Fee: £2,500.
  • Schedule for the book: 1 February 2020 for 3 draft spreads and cover; 1 May 2020 for final submission.


  • 4 images to be submitted as low-res jpgs by email that convey the illustrator’s ability to convey the built environment and to engage a younger audience.
  • A covering email should be provided outlining the illustrator’s interest in the project
  • Please apply by email to by Monday 25th November.
  • Successful applicants will be contacted for interview.


  • Title: Colour and Create Architecture
  • Author: RIBA Learning with illustrations by [illustrator name]
  • Commissioning Editor: Ginny Mills
  • Format: Pbk, 250 x 250mm, colours: 1/1 interior, 4/0 cover, Extent: 60pp

A colouring book designed for children aged 5-7, exploring architecture both real and imagined. Showcasing an exciting array of cross sections, axos, plans, isometrics, birds eye views and cutaways, this exciting colouring book introduces children to the visual language of architecture in a fun, creative and engaging way. 

The book will show different perspectives of the architecture that surrounds us, conveying the many different aspects of architecture, ranging from the buzz of a train station to the intricacy and detail of a row of housing of differing architectural styles, tower blocks and Georgian townhouses to skyscrapers (real and imagined), as well as fantastical scenes featuring cross-sections of pirate ships, jungle treehouses and castles. Each double page spread will feature a black and white line drawing, which is detailed on one side of the page and offers space, opportunity and prompts for the reader to add to the scene in a creative way on the facing page.

Work required and design considerations

One full colour image to wrap around the cover, and 25 double page spread black and white line drawing illustrations for the interior. Each illustration must be provided as a vector and have clear outlines so that they can easily be coloured in, with no shading or unnecessary detail lines, i.e. just black and white silhouettes. All spaces / shapes within the images must be closed, so that they can be coloured in.

Each double page spread should have one page which is more detailed than the facing page, in order to provide encouragement, inspiration and opportunities for readers to continue the image / add to the illustration in their own creative way, as well as colouring it in. The detailed page and less detailed page should be alternated across the book so that, for example, the less detailed pages do not always fall on the recto. Each double page spread illustration for the interior must leave space for a short amount of text (1 – 2 sentences) per double page spread, to run along the top or the bottom of the page.

There should be at least one or two central characters that appear throughout the book, one land animal for street scenes and one flying animal for birds’ eye views. These could be exotic animals such as a tiger or parrot that tie in with an ‘urban jungle’ theme. Please avoid including detail in the centre of the images, where this will get lost in the gutter. Illustrations must be appropriate and engaging for the 5 – 7 years age group, giving an exciting sense of the possibilities of architecture around them.

Fonts must be selected from the Adobe Typekit range to ensure licensing permissions are in place for ebook creation.

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