First contest try here at SVS...this was fun
Cheers from Australia (where we definitely don't have snow at the moment
My name is Katrin and I am a self taught children's book illustrator from Australia (originally from Germany but I moved here around 16 years ago).
I just finished two picture book projects this year and then I usually reflect on my work and try to learn new things and improve - which is why I signed up for this SVS free trial. I can already tell I love it and the choices of courses are amazing.
To challenge myself additionally and also because I just LOVE folktales I again took part in Folktaleweek on Instagram and created seven illustrations according to their prompts.
I was wondering if you guys would like to give me some feedback on one of the pieces and maybe help me choosing courses here at SVS to improve that way. I think one of the areas I can definitely need help with is "depth".
So here is my illustration for the prompt "harvest" - I chose a Brother Grimm folktale about a witty farmer tricking the devil. I've aimed for a handmade look and limited palette.
If you had some comments or suggestions I'd really appreciate it. Thank you!
Ps My Instagram in case you wanted to have a look:
I've been doing some SVS courses on how to get work as a freelance illustrator (Lee White's "How to make money in illustration 1-3 and Will Terry's "How to get freelance work") and in all courses it was recommended to send out postcards and email blasts on a regular basis and in big numbers (even if you are being represented by an agent).
Whilst I am located in Australia, I am lucky enough to have found an US agent and she does a wonderful job for me there but I do feel I should reach out more myself and increase my chances to get work. I've been sending out cards, too, but not to that strategic degree Terry and Will were describing.
Also, and here goes my actual question for you guys, I'm not sure the same applies to the Australian market. I find it very hard to acquire email contacts here - it basically only happens at conferences in my experience at least. There is not a directory of email contacts for Australian publishers/editors at least to my knowledge and I don't think it's common to just contact them directly via Twitter or LinkedIn, for example.
Has anyone made different experiences and would like to share them with me please? Maybe I'm just being too complicated about this but I really have no idea how to successfully apply this promotion and advertisement aspect to my industry network here.
Thank you and have a lovely week!
@Julia Thank you so much for your message Julia! I am in Brisbane -very humid at the moment heading into summer. Never been to Munich, though, can you imagine that? I would love to live in Paris for a while...it's my absolute favourite European city!
I will definitely try to add some volume to the beets, thank you! I am trying to get away from my illustrations' flatness but most of the times I don't even see the problems...
Let me know what you think about Folktaleweek if you get a chance to check it out