@smceccarelli So useful!! Thank you so much for this wonderful insight.
A few responses:
You are absolutely right. I have no story art work to show at the moment. If I decided to go into that, I'd be building from scratch. Characters tend to appeal to me more. But, I am open to learning new skills... I'm on the fence there.
Great info about the online courses. Thank you!
Games are certainly on my radar. I know how hard it can be to break into Pixar/Disney/Dreamworks. Definitely keeping the door open.
At this point, I can relocate and my boyfriend and I are planning on moving in about one year. Destination is open... I just want to get out of DC. So geography is not an issue. And we don't have kids (nor do we want them)... so the time is now!
@eric-castleman I think it reads more like a marshmallow now that it's shortened. You might try squishing the shape a little with some indentations of where it was held by the fingers to force it on the poker. Not necessary, just a suggestion to see if you like how it fits with the piece. Also, I personally think the baldness is fine but having some wacky mad scientist hair on the side could potentially make for some good storytelling. I like how the piece is coming along, thanks for sharing your progress.
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@tyson-ranes Will Terry addressed this in a video on his YouTube channel that went along with the last 3rd Thursday. Specifically, I think he recommended tweeting the Art Director specifically and probably no more than once a month if I remember correctly. Here's the link, hope it answers your questions.
Earlier this month, we held a book launch party at a children's library for our newest children's book, Frank Stinks. We had about 40 kids, parents, and elementary school teachers in attendance. Since our book is about a wiener dog, we had an edible wiener dog craft, and a visit from the author's dachshund. We also had time for the kids to ask questions about the story and illustrations, as well as time for a read aloud and book signing. Frank Stinks is our 2nd book with author, Nadine Poper. Jess and I also illustrated her book, Wienies in Bikinis.
Here are some pictures from our book launch party. I am in the pink shirt, and Nadine is wearing the striped Doxie shirt.
Here is some info about Frank Stinks, and the link on Amazon:
Frank is a wiener dog who loves to roll in the stinkiest spots in the park. He has a hard time making friends because he is so stinky. A story of friendship and acceptance of others and as well as yourself.
@evilrobot The Publisher's Marketplace book is also a great resource. A collection of all of the known agents and publishers, with submission guidelines, a little info on what they look for, and how to go and check out their content for yourself. I buy the updated one yearly, and go through and research and tag all of the ones that apply to me over the course of a week or two. Then I compile a list and use that for my mailers and promo materials every 3-4 months.
Try using this tool and see what you come up with: https://www.the-aop.org/information/usage-calculator It's a tool for photographers (Illustrators as well really) to calculate costs for any additional usage of commissioned work, over and above the rights included with the initial fee.