Sharing Portfolios and Websites for feedback
@donnamakesart Hi, Donna! Great portfolio! I think you have a strong chance of getting an agent.
I do have to agree with @xin-li though, there’s too much text. Personally, I hate seeing a lot of text on the portfolio page. It ruins the experience for me. If I were the agent/art director, I would like to see all of your artworks first. If something catches my eye, then I would most likely click on that image and ideally, I would like to see that image enlarged and accompanied by a brief description like The name of the project, when it was completed, and who was the client.
I would also like to clarify that you don’t have to get a literary agent to get publishing illustration gigs. A common illustration agent will do that just as well. However, if you have plans of writing and illustrating your own book, a Literary agent will be a great fit. Though in my opinion, it’s harder to get into a Literary agency because you don’t only have to prove that you can illustrate, you also have to prove that you can write good stories.
@donnamakesart I agree with @Nyrryl-Cadiz, personally I'm not a fan of the organization of your portfolio (though the artwork itself is absolutely lovely!!). I'm not sure about scrolling so long through all the details of all the projects to see everything. If you look at @xin-li's portfolio for instance, it has a grid portfolio focused on images, which I thinks works amazing because you can see all her work at once. The viewer can then decide to click on something if it catches their eye and get more detail. But really illustration is a visual media, so with just the images I think people will get a very good idea of your skill.
Also @xin-li made a great point about your style and while I agree with @Nyrryl-Cadiz that some great artists have multiple styles, I also know from experience it's much HARDER to become a successful artist when you have multiple styles, especially in the beginning. It might simplify your journey to focus on just one right now, and you can always add more styles later! In the beginning it's so hard to get clients to give you a chance. Something like multiple styles can sometimes be the excuse they use to not go with you. Maybe they'll think "Uhhmmm but if I go with her, what am I going to get? Is she going to go freestyle on me? Is she a jack of all trades, master of none?" With more experience, credentials and reputation, you can overcome these obstacles. But at the beginning of your career, it's already an obstacle race + minefield all rolled into one. I don't believe you need an additional level of difficulty at this stage...
Also Adobe Portfolio is a real website, I use them myself and love them! Just get yourself a domain name to link to it and you're golden! It's about $10 a year and you can do this from the settings on your Adobe Portfolio.
@NessIllustration hi! I think you mis-tagged me on the style part
@Nyrryl-Cadiz Whoops my bad!!
@NessIllustration these are great feedback. Thanks so much! Noted on the layout and the style tips. When you say sticking to one style, is it my palette and medium that causes it to look disjointed? Or is it the actual character designs that make them inconsistent? Let me know!
@Nyrryl-Cadiz oooh ok ok. Yes, I see how that would work better. Thanks so much for the feedback!
Noted on the illustration agent. I’ll look into it!
Thanks @xin-li! You’ve given me a few things to think about. I’ll keep you guys posted on how things turn out
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@donnamakesart Take my thoughts with a grain of salt...I am an art teacher not a professional (yet!) I think your style looks consistent except for the Wonder piece. Your mark making is consistent throughout except the Wonder piece. It kinda feels jarring compared to the whimsical lines and fresh feel of your other pieces. It seems overworked and very digital in comparison. It's a lovely piece, don't get me wrong, but it might be a good idea to leave it out if you want a consistent look. This is just my two cents. I love your work!
donnamakesart last edited by donnamakesart
@chrisaakins Thank you for the feedback and kind words I have great respect for teachers. It takes patience and communication skills I don’t have haha.
Yes, my digital work definitely has a different style to my traditional pieces. My style is still evolving which is an uncomfortable process but I want to send this one out to local publishers and art agents to get industry feedback on what to work on as well.
I’ve felt that I’ve been creating in a bubble haha. The SVS forum was definitely a step out of my shell (in a good way!) I’ve learnt so much already. Like the world expanded suddenly haha.
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@donnamakesart I love your portfolio and your style, beautiful work, wow!
I hope you get an awesome agent; are you only wanting an American agent?
Anyway, love your work. If you want to check out my portfolio, it's https://mattbakerart.com
Mine needs improving and updating too
@MattBaker Wow! That’s a meaty portfolio! I like the Buzzbomb illustrations the best. The Bible illustrations are also nice. Your skills seem to shine the best in the very complex pieces
For your question, ideally I would like to work with a USA agent. The market is bigger and pays better from what I hear. My style is also heavily influenced by western cartoons but I’m flexible with that part of my goals. It’s just something solid to aim for haha.