Disabled And Here

Disabled And Here Call for Illustrators Closed

Disabled And Here is a disability-led effort to celebrate disabled Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) and reclaim our media portrayal with images by and for us. With photoshoots on hold for the time being, Disabled And Here is now expanding our stock collection and interview series to include digital illustrations.

Thanks to all that responded! The call is now closed and everyone should have heard back by now.

5 illustrators will be chosen to create 3 digital commissions each. Every artist will be paid $1800.

The resulting work will be part of Disabled And Here’s collection / free for public use under Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution licensing. Illustrators will also be featured through interviews.

We invite both emerging and established illustrators to apply, and will prioritize Black and Indigenous illustrators in the selection process. To be considered, you’ll need an online portfolio and ideas for what you’d like to depict. We ultimately want to commission illustrations that center BIPOC as well as disability identity and culture.

What to expect

  • All artists will be updated about their submission by mid-October 2020.
  • Selected illustrators will collaborate closely with Disabled And Here to develop their commissions, which should be: either a vector image or a JPG / PNG with at least 2 megapixels in resolution (1600x1200); mindful of color pairing and contrast (for accessibility); and accompanied by image descriptions.
  • Artist payments will be made in 4 installments, with $100 to start the project, $500 upon completion of the first illustration, $600 after the second illustration, and $600 following the third illustration.
  • We’re aiming to publish the illustrations in Disabled And Here’s collection sometime in February 2021.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions will be evaluated on:

  • Theme

    • Are the proposed ideas related to disability identity or culture? Do they center BIPOC?
  • Clarity and feasibility

    • Are the ideas reasonably easy to understand and portray through illustration?
    • Can the ideas be legally published under a Creative Commons attribution license? (For example, illustrations would not be able to incorporate brand name items or other people’s likeness, unless you already have a model release.)
  • Impact

    • How might the final artwork make people think or feel?
  • Artistry

    • What quality of work, originality, and creativity does the portfolio show?
  • Lived experience

    • How would the artist’s background or identity inform the illustrations they want to create?


In addition to being a disabled illustrator of color, you should be:

  • 18 years of age or older
  • Residing in the United States
  • Able to provide a completed W-9 form and sign a work-for-hire (independent contractor) agreement

FYI: invisible disabilities, mental illnesses, and self-diagnoses are all valid. Disability is a wide spectrum and our goal is centering the BIPOC who experience it in various forms!

The call for illustrators closed at 11:59pm on September 12, 2020.