Work on my Portfolio (ongoing)

  • Hey Guys! I just wanted to create one of these threats as well to post bits and pieces I am working on for my portfolio so Perhaps I can get the occasional bit of feedback or any observations another set of eyes might have on how my portfolio is developing.

    This is it right now:

    I've been advised to do some more child-focused pieces with more mundane situations! The mundane situations bit hasn't happened yet, but I have started working on some ink drawings for book illustrations and generally tuned my work to be more narrative focused, I think.
    Below a few of my most recent portfolio pieces, and I'll go from there!





    My goal is to go into the Publishing Industry for early-teens. Chapter Books, Bookcovers, Spot illustrations primarily, perhaps boardgames. I am trying to get to a point where I can send out postcards! I don't think I'm miles off, but I'm not sure exactly what that point will look like ^____^

    Anyway, enjoy browsing I guess, and all and any feedback is appreciated.

  • Thi s is great Idea, I love to follow only one post to see the changes and new illustrations from one author (you Nelly). So looking forward to see more, would liek to see some precess illustrations and thumbnails also to see how it is before it is the finished piece.

  • Right now I'm working on some thumbnails for bookcovers to add to my portfolio. I was initially thinking of doing these for inktober, but I can already tell they'll be coloured in a not-inky way sooner or later, so I'm not sure yet if they're inktober material!

    These are some initial ideas. I just threw out a few different ones that felt alright, might go back to thumbnail different versions when I get around to them.




  • Only crit I've got is on the second cover image. The sky and the ground share equal space on the page, I would either favor the sky or the ground/house/trees so that things aren't so evenly balanced and the image has a little more interest.

  • @Nathalie-Kranich I like that the trees are pointing to the sky (title), I would move the whole composition down, so that there will more sky? The monte christo I don't have anything to tell there, but would move the title little bit. The first alice, is to thumbnail to think of something now. Great covers you think of Nelly

  • Thanks @Perrij and @MichaelaH , good catch on the ground-sky comp in the second, I'll have a look at that when I work more on these.

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    some progress on this one, tried to improve on the component balance and started pushing some more of the traditional looking textures my work is missing for children's publishing. Loads to do on that still!

  • I finished the cover above! Quite happy with that one.


    Now i'm working on the september prompt.


    And simultaeously I am working on some more pieces for the adult colouring book I am working on on and off...Lately I've been drawn more towards fantasy and darker art again. Still kind of struggling to agree what I enjoy with what makes money, as I feel I'm mostly working towards children's literature for some idea of monetisation!


  • @Nathalie-Kranich All looking wonderful. At first I thought the running away monster is the human, because the hands, feet, face are looking so human and after really studing the illustration, I saw the humand baby. Maybe you could do the running monster still little more not human.
    Love your cover.

  • Thanks Michaela!
    I might see if I can make him more monstrous then, maybe even spikier teeth might do the job 😃
    In the meantime I'm trying to pull attention to the baby and bird monster via's a busy scene for sure.


  • @Nathalie-Kranich Now it looks more than monster, but maybe some pointy fingers or toes? 🙂 Looking great.

  • @Nathalie-Kranich I like your blue monster, he reminds me of one of the monsters from Where the Wild Things Are.

  • @Nathalie-Kranich I LOVE the robot and the flower. OMG. So good.

  • Awh thanks @Laurel-Aylesworth , much appreciated 😃 It's a favourite of mine too for sure!

    @jakecrowe haha, yeah I think I had that floating in the back of my mind when I was drawing XD

  • I haven't posted in here for a while!
    So this month is a busy one. I've fully completed Inktober, which is all up on my website now. In fact right here, if anyone's curious.

    Now I'm prepping a set of art prints for a couple fairs and conventions at the end of the month, doing a few commissions, and trying to do slowvember!
    So for slowvember I want to do visual research and exploration of a vague book idea I can use to make some mock spreads and covers.

    It's gonna be called "Juniper in the Jungle House", about a girl that visits her ex-explorer grandma who lives in a house full of potted jungle plants grown out of control! Throw a tabby tiger cat and a parrot in the mix.

    So today I did some visual dev for the cat!


    Even though I've been adding more hatching and pencil textures, I'm still afraid my art is too digital looking for a children's book market...but im struggling with the idea of changing it up too forcefully, because I like it! And this style still comes naturally to me and feels right.

  • Progressing on my Slowvember! I've narrowed down thumbnails and fleshed out two sketches that could make a final illustration.



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    @Nathalie-Kranich i love the bottom one with more plants.

  • Wow so lovely, I love both of them, I cannot deside, which one I like more. Maybe the upper one, because I like to see the animals also...

  • I'm also having a really hard time deciding! So for the moment I'm still working on both.
    It's slowvember after all!



  • @Nathalie-Kranich the top one reads more jungle, the bottom one, house. I think the top one would be the better one, but I read the window as some sort of ruins of a column or something rather than a window. Maybe add some context to it? Curtains, trim? A picture frame next to it?

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