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
RE: Got a strange email this morning about a book project. Help?
I also received a similar email some weeks ago. I forgot to reply but at that time I also thought it sounds a bit suspicious where I couldn't find any books on their website and their Instagram is totally empty.
RE: Colour harmony help-working digitally
Hi Anya, I also struggled a lot with this issue for a long time. But now I used to make small color composition before I make a real size digital painting and it really helps. You can also check Marco Bucci's video here about color harmony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LhcNbFMkTw
He also has lots of videos related to that.
RE: Contacted out of the blue to do a book - is this standard or not worth it?
I have faced this situation both in unpaid and paid terms.
For the unpaid, at that time I accepted because I didn't have work and the style they wanted was quite simple (just flat rendering and they already have the characters). But they ended up accepting me so after all the test illustration is not wasted.
The paid one, I ended up didn't get chosen.
For me personally, I will accept it as long as:
- They have a website and it looks pretty serious
- I don't have any project and I quite need money
- The script is not complicated and requires very detail illustration
- The deadline is reasonable
- if possible, I will offer only sketch instead of finish illustration
- Make sure the test illustration will be part of the book and not wasted
But I think everyone has different concern and requirements. I also agree the real legit publisher should have offered a fee for the test illustration. After all, I wish you luck and I hope it helps a bit!
RE: Indoor scenes, critiques welcome.
wow! I really love them. I like your playful characters and furniture. I am pretty sure you're on the right track!
I think just like others, I also thought it's a living room instead of a bedroom because of the plants. Maybe can put like toys, soccer ball, or something else on the top of the cupboard instead of flowers in the vase. Just need to give a little bit personality to the bedroom
can't wait to see more!
RE: Switching agents!
@NessIllustration thanks Vanessa for your info! really appreciate that. Ah, I am sure I didn't check out that section from Astound's website. That's interesting to know. Thank you for your encouragement too!
I wish you have a great collaboration with Astound!
RE: Switching agents!
congratulations @NessIllustration ! I always enjoy reading your posts because they are so informative and you never hesitate to share your experiences. Thank you for doing that!
I actually being contacted by that agency (Itsme) some months ago. But I didn't reply because I couldn't dig more information from their website, so I thought it was a kind of scam
But if I read from your experience seems they are legit. Do you have an idea of how the agency of the agency (Itsme) gets the benefit of finding artists? are they also take a percentage? But I totally understand if you can't discuss it
It's so nice of you to always share your experiences! good luck to you