I also talked to a friend this afternoon, she said some ADs' got the passion to search for talents by themselves, through contests such American Illustrators, SOI, and channels like Behance or "It's nice that!" Some just don't want to be bothered at all ...
Calling the company is a great idea. I'll definitely try it. At least I can have a better idea if they want any illustrator submission or not.
@neha-rawat Are you going to mail physical copies such as postcards (keep in mind many editors are working from home now and may not be able to receive postcards..... )? But if you are sure they can get postcards, I would say it's worth the time. Otherwise, I would follow your agent's suggestion and try not to explode the editor's inbox.
So, as much as I thought I was going in a good direction, your valuable help generated some new ideas. This new value study is still not quite ready for details, but it has a few changes that I think are working better. The heaviness of the tree on the front cover is now gone - it’s a branch instead. And the text is in the sky instead of at the top of the cover to hopefully make it more prominent.
The back cover is still up in the air. Obviously there are more questions to be answered first before that can be nailed down.
Do you think this is better? 🙂 Thanks so much for the help.
I’ve noticed the same thing as someone who is interested in eventually getting into editorial work. If you haven’t already I would suggest looking at artists you admire that do editorial work and see what publications they’ve been published in. That way it’s not as risky since you know they’ve already published work that isn’t the generic “ corporate art”. For example, one of the illustrators I love is Yuko Shimizu and she does a lot of editorial work, her style is def not corporate. Good luck!
Hi. I have this book so I took it down and looked at it with a bright light. Definitely mask off the lights, sparkles and I think also the colored ornaments, including all the red decorations. Also, unless you are really good at painting washes around a white area, I would mask off Toot and Puddle, too.
The background is definitely layered washes. Its possible that the first wash is a light brown and light sage-y green. Then I think she built up from there, painting around the tree details with the layers of brown, and maybe even green at the same time in area's. There are a couple of small bleeds. With everything masked off you can get into the detail of the tree with out worrying that you might lose a sparkle here and there.
She uses a light ink here and there after all is said and done.
Good luck and FUN! I can't wait to see it finished. I LOVE Holly Hobbie. =)x
Welcome. I am new here as well. I also saw the Childrens Book Pro Course, but I have not signed up for that one yet. How did you like it?
I am just starting the Writing Picture Books course now by Ann Whitford Paul. It's a few years old, but she has a revised textbook that seems nice.
@jdubz I really like the idea of commissions. It's also a step towards children magazine and publishing clients (working with clients). I feel like Bilbo -"I'm going on an adventure" (clip) lols. I would like to post what I learn for sure. Thanks.