@smceccarelli Thank you. You're right..I'm not dead yet! :-) Ha! I am going to finish my book and I'm going to try and enjoy what I do whether it is perfect or not. I will look for that book. Wow! So wonderful. I appeciate you and your encoragement and reminders. If I live to be 100 I still have 40 years! Maybe I have only 1 year but.....I might as well make the most of whatever time I have. I am a creative person and I need to be doing something creative...just need to switch things up a bit now and then and have fun in between the hard stuff, right? :-)
@sarah-luann your teacher's story is really helpful. I guess I'll experimenting in the hopes of setteling on something I like. 😊 @smceccarelli purging my portfolio is a good idea. I'll do it every few months from now on. But with a new baby I'm not producing enough art to purge. Lol.
Thanks for the advice ladies!!
I agree with everything the others said so far. The only thing I would add is maybe try to give the baby slightly more cartonny proportions... Especially the head feels a little small compared to the rest of the body. But I really thing this could be a strong portfolio piece :)
I've been doing a lot of soul searching lately and the forums here have been helping me. I've been stalling somewhat because I was trapped with the idea of becoming a freelance Illustrator or wondering if I should be a concept artist just to try and pay the bills, but I have come to the decision that I don't really want to do freelance commercial or editorial Illustration at least for now anyway because I want to work on my own projects which I've been putting off time and time again due to stress about "getting a real admin type job", which I've never had much success or interest in and I can't really do anyway because of back and health problems. I had so many bad experiences doing freelance work when I did website design I still have a stigma about working with clients I have to sort out. As well as this my sister's friend and boss (for her colour work on his graphic novels) mr Doug TenNapel visited us the other day (he's just on holiday in the UK) and he told me I should work on my own story based projects and just finish something. He said the first thing will be crap, but it's important you finish it and prove to yourself you can do it, then do another one, and another one.... So that's my task. I've got to stop trying to come up with a logical reason to do it and just do it.
Charley Harper is classic. I LOVE his work. You wouldn't know it by looking at mine though ;-). Well, not my illustrations at least, though some of my craft stuff is more geometric.
Its so fun discovering new (to you) artists, but sometimes it makes me feel a bit inadequate as well.
I just have to keep reminding myself--nobody is better at being me than ME. I can't draw their style as well as they can, but nobody can draw my style as well as I can. (Now, the job is just getting my work to the level that someone would actually WANT to emulate my style ;-).
I agree with Scott--the Cicada covers could be described as naïve, in order to look "hand-drawn" maybe as opposed to "digitally perfect." Also, lots of stylized shapes, and the use of a limited color palette (usually just two colors). ETA looking through them again, I notice that the body types are "normal," no idealized pinched waists or anything.
But, having loved Cicada as a teenager, I should point out that it's really a literary magazine with a bit of an edge (when I was reading it, at least), which is pretty different from a mainstream middle grade reader. :P
Oh, no worries - firstly, there are more ideas where that came from…Also, like you said there are many books out there already tackling this topic. And most importantly - you really deserve a book being published, because your art is so accomplished and you devote so much time and energy trying to get there. So I really hope that this one gets past all the hurdles to publication - I will be in the queue to buy it!
Oh, it sounds great that it is an exchange of letters with Emma on alternate spreads…I looked back at the previous sketches to try and work out what the structure was, but I wasn’t sure.
Yes, I have Grandad’s Island as part of my own picture book collection, it’s again a very well-conceived book, both readable and poignant. My five year old son loves it - but I know that he only sees the ‘literal’ story, and the fun idea about going on a voyage to a tropical island - he has no idea that it is about death. I wonder if one day when he’s older, he’ll berate me for allowing him to cheerfully love a story about death and loss, and saying goodbye - will it feel like innocence destroyed when he works out the double meaning? Or maybe that will just be a part of growing up.
Anyway, will look forward to seeing/hearing more with your progress on this :-)
@smceccarelli I think it's interesting! Thanks for the recap too. I might go to the LA one since it isn't too far to go for me and I might even know someone I could stay with......maybe. I need to be committed though. My husband is ready to retire and he thinks of what I do as a hobby, which I guess I do sometimes too but, sometimes I think it would be fun to get someone else to like my books well enough to publish them :-) Instead of me doing it. I don't suppose I would say that I am a driven person (well sometimes but then I get pooped out) Right now though I have the time and space to learn and do so I want to take advantage of that. Shall I dare to do it? Ha! Also, my husband and I are going to become full time RVers when he retires so that will be another kink in th eplan...but will give me lots of new experiences to write about and sketch :-)