I love 5 too!!
Posts made by lenwen
RE: Late introduction but Hello!
@Cory-Leick Hi Cory!! thank you so much!! I am not an active member of SVSLearn but I love to sometimes chime in here although not posting actively for a long time. But thank you to say hi! thank you for adding me on Linkedin!
@donnamakesart thanks so much, Donna!! yes, you can dm me through IG if you want too
@Asyas_illos thank you so much!!
RE: Has anyone submitted a W-8BEN form?
@Neha-Rawat I've filled W-8BEN form. The publisher nearly cut off 10% from my royalty because my nationality is Indonesia but as a resident of Austria, I don't have to because the tax treaty is 0%. Check out your country tax treaty rates here (this document I got from one of my publisher): Excerpt of Table 1 Tax Treaty Rates on Copyright-Royalty.pdf
Did you already ask your agent if this normal for advance on royalty?
RE: Got the Kamvas 22 Plus Last Week
wow, thanks for the review! I am thinking to get myself Kamvas 22 plus as well. I heard from some fellow artists that with a display tablet, it's so quickly heated and burn your hand. Does it happen to Kamvas 22 plus? and how are the colors?
RE: Querying Agents/ Portfolio Critique
@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!
RE: Update and a little bit sharing
@Jeremy-Ross @MissMushy good question! So, my old style was exposed more to the animation style (like Pixar, Dreamworks). I uploaded here my past work so you can see. The eyes were enormous with the distorted body proportion (which is fine, but mine is too extreme like the head is huge compared to the body). My agent said it wasn't fit for a trade picture book (at least for the publishers who've worked with them). And this was my personal opinion, but I also thought I tend to render the image too much 3d-ish.
I hope it shows what I meant clearly
Update and a little bit sharing
Hi there, everyone!
I am not an active member right now in SVS. I also barely write here, and I only joined SVS for three months after I had won the contest year ago (If I am not wrong) and also bought a class from here. But, I learned A LOT from people here in SVS as I read the threads and discussions. Long story short, I think I should also give some contribution in exchange.
Although I am not a hight profile illustrator, I've been working as a full-time illustrator since 2016. I've got projects mostly from Behance. I used to work for primarily self-published authors and companies in the past years.
Last December, after so many rejections and silent emails from agencies, I've finally signed with Cat Agency. They've rejected my first approach, but they gave me critical feedback. It required me like more than one year to eventually changed my style a little bit and signed with them. After all, it was worth it to tweak my portfolio until I feel comfortable and confident with my works before I've signed with an agent. (So if an agent is now rejecting you, but you have solid feeling and connection to that agent, don't give up yet. There might be second chance).
I am not an expert in this field and agents stuff, but as I've mentioned, I learned a lot from this forum, so I thought this would be a little bit of information to share, and if you've any questions related, don't hesitate to let me know!
RE: Spots illustrations that focus on characters for my portfolio - critique please
What I usually do is try to explore the character's stories and personalities. In example, think if the kid is clumsy? nerd? messy? shy? etc and give some hints to their accessories (maybe a ribbon? a pin on their bag? ). Play with the emotions (are they sad? happy? afraid? etc) and shapes (are they tall? thin? small? etc) also help
RE: little mouse in the wedding band - which do you prefer?
it's a very sweet illustration! so cozy and warm. I love the second one, I love the night is not totally dark and black and the light area is not oversaturated, it gives the natural and classic feeling
RE: Author/illustrator resources, and writting courses?
I also have a similar question recently. I tried to search on Youtube and I found this:
never try it myself but it looks legit (but it's pricey).
I also found this Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEdD2HW2-XI5vSaeOMJkPNw
She shares a little bit about how to write a picture book, try to look at it.
What I am doing now is try to read as many picture books as possible but since I don't have a big budget to buy them and the library here barely has English book, I am searching on Youtube (again). I found this channels quite helpful: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvdUKabPUkx6p-zYlrxmJJw
Hope it helps!
RE: Should I send my portfolio to publishers right now?
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!:smiling_face_with_open_mouth_smiling_eyes:
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!