WOW, your artworks are truly amazing! so dreamy, warm, classic, and whimsical! I really LOVE them. I can definitely see a picture book with your arts inside. I think you just need to complete it with (as you've mentioned) more diverse compositions and colors. Maybe also add some scenes with more detailed backgrounds (outdoor and indoor) as an illustrator we need able to translate the manuscript into the picture. Just go for it!!Good luck!
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RE: Should I send my portfolio to publishers right now?
RE: Difficulties of Being an Illustrator
I always love the podcast and always excited, but this one is my fav so far!
the topic is really relevant to my situation. I think we really (especially full-time freelancers) need this topic to be covered. This "unsexy" part of becoming a freelance illustrator. After nearly five years dive into freelancing, I still struggle especially with the financial part and socialize. Now especially I've been moving to a country where I can't speak the language and the system totally different from before, it's even more tricky. I really appreciate this episode!
RE: Folktale Week Illustrations - add yours :D
@SundayGirl76 I really love your works!
I was planning to do it until my CTS relapsed and still have some works to do
I only managed to do the cover
I actually planned to make my own simple story but after all, I can't manage it
Maybe one illustration per day is really not possible for my style though.
RE: PODCAST FEEDBACK NEEDED
I really think this is an interesting subject to tackle. I am currently working on a picture book as marketing tools for a big hotel in Japan(I, myself is a Chinese born and raised in Indonesia). When I did the character design, I did search for a Japanese little girl's clothes. I ended up making the character wearing a modern Yukata design that I found on the internet. But after I submitted it to the client, they requested something more casual and which most kids wear in daily life. Not only that, but I also made lots of mistakes like make the Yukata wrap in the wrong direction, draw totally not common breakfast on the table, etc.
After lots of revisions and research, the sketches are done.
I think the common mistakes which not intentionally done by an illustrator who draws stories/ characters which is not in their own culture are two: if it's not over showing it (like I draw the girl character in modern Yukata instead of general daily life clothes) then totally ignore it.
For me personally, probably as long as the story is fiction and maybe not based on history, I would love to draw characters and stories from different cultures. Also, as long as the client/ editor/art director/ author discuss and help along the way, I do think it's fun and also give me lots of knowledge of other cultures.
So, it's interesting to hear this topic from other's perspectives and opinions.
RE: Preparing meeting an editor as an illustrator, for the first time.
congrats! I really love your work @xin-li
I think despite the timescale and low advance, it's a nice first step!
Can't wait to see the book