@Katie-Kordesh I love your works!the characters are so lovely, and the color palette is fantastic.
When I sent my portfolio to my agent, I was first being rejected. Then it took me more than one year to add and tweak my portfolio again. I think what I did is:
- Sequential arts, I added some sequential arts to show that I can handle consistency.
- Environments, I created indoor, outdoor, fantastical scenes.
- Lighting schemes, I added dusk, evening, fire scenes.
- More than one spread dummy of a picture book, I made sure that there are spaces for texts and no vital character in the border or more straightforward to say, scenes with texts.
- Lots of kids! I know some artists only draw animals, but to increase the chances, I added a bunch of kids with various ethnicities, gender, ages, shapes, and personalities.
And the most important is, I've had to feel comfortable with the technic and style I used. I understand that after someone signed with an agent, they still able to change the technic and style depending on the projects, but I didn't want to start with something I didn't feel comfortable or confident in the first place.
I hope it helps and good luck!