First time joining the monthly challenge!
Also first time using Procreate and experimenting with a new style...
Thanks to everyone who helped me, giving me so many great feedbacks!
The moment before your beloved master comes back home
Hey lovely illustrators,
Got the newsletter from Picturebooks makers and thought I would share this info with you all :
"Are you an illustrator or emerging picturebook maker with an unpublished book project under your arm? If so, you can submit it to THE UNPUBLISHED PICTUREBOOK SHOWCASE, where it will be considered by a jury of many of the world's finest picturebook publishers. Projects with the most jury votes will be showcased at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2019.
The showcase is hosted by dPICTUS + Picturebook Makers, and the jury of publishers includes:
☆ Candlewick Press, USA
☆ Planeta Tangerina, Portugal
☆ Lilla Piratförlaget, Sweden
☆ Orecchio Acerbo, Italy
☆ Thames & Hudson, UK
☆ Gecko Press, New Zealand
☆ Pastel, Belgium
☆ Liels un mazs, Latvia
☆ Magikon Forlag, Norway
☆ Les Fourmis Rouges, France
☆ Dwie Siostry, Poland
☆ Everafter Books, China
☆ Holiday House, USA
☆ Petra Ediciones, Mexico
☆ Baobab, Czech Republic
☆ La Pastèque, Canada
(More publishers to be confirmed)
⥤ Submissions deadline: 5 August 2019 ⥢
Hi, I’m Marine, just signed up from France!
I’m very happy to have joined the SVS community but also very (scared) impressed by everyone’s work. I feel I lack so much of the fundamentals and those classes are on the top of my (long) list.
Thought I would introduced myself : I have been a sculptor, an interior designer, a paper engineer (not all at once of course) and I recently switched to digital illustration last year. My first goal was editorial illustration but I’d love to illustrate children's books. I’m currently working on a proposal for a children’s book residency.
I don’t know how to draw with photoshop (not good with my little tablet but upgrading to an Ipad pro) so I work in vectors and then add colours and textures in photoshop. My hopes are to improve my technical skills as well as my storytelling skills which are quite weak.
Anyway, thanks for reading, I hope I’ll be able to participate to the challenges and the community!
Here a couple of pics of my work : (open to any critiques )
The first one is my only published editorial piece for a financial magazine :
The second one is an attempt to more storytelling with an environment and it's a personal 3-parts project about resilience :
Love listening to creative podcast while drawing!
On my player is :
-3 points perspective of course
-Bobby Chiu's channel
-The creative pep talk for a fun chitchat
-The art side life's channel, lots of interviews
-Bench Talk, great interviews and missing hearing the aussie accent!
-Being freelance is a short good one too
-Tom Froese's channel, advices on freelancing
-Escape from illustration Island, it has stopped but lots of very archives
And if anyone is listening in french :
So this is my first time asking for feedback here and I have to say it’s very intimidating because I see so many great art shared, and the little voice in my head is saying ‘is it worth showing your stuff?’
Anyway I would really appreciate your honest feedbacks!
To say the least, I’m way out of my confort zone with the subject because I don’t usually do that much of a narrative. Are any of those ideas interesting enough? (Please ignore my sketching style :smiling_face_with_open_mouth_cold_sweat: )
Here is my thumbnails from favourite to least favourite :
1- Troublemakers. Dry garden discovery day, each kid as a balloon attached to his/her backpack and some cacti are very playful...
2- Airport. Waiting for the loved one. I feel this one is lacking on a twist unless the other people waiting are not regular people but I don't have much of a story for now.
3- Waiting for his master to come home. Again I feel it's missing a twist and I can't see how to show the excitement of the dog beside that the apartment is upside-down.
4- Rain dance. Not much tension here, just a bit of magic with a golden spirit flying around the dancer.
Again, I'm very new to building stories so any feedback will be much appreciated!
I agree with @lovetherobot , we think that people are expecting this or that from us on social media but I think the truth is nobody cares if you're there every day. Your followers would certainly value that you take time to create something that you're happy to share with them whether it is unfinished or finished. We really put to much pressure on our shoulders with social media!
The best is to do it your way, whatever makes you feel creative and happy
@burvantill Sorry I don't have any knowledge in the picture book industry but I would definitely ask more questions before giving any estimate. Maybe you can let them know that price can varied a lot depending of the specs of the project and you'd love to have more infos in order to quote accordingly. And then list a few points that look essential to you.
I believe communication is key for a good work relationship.
@Squirrel-Size Just opening the forum from a long break and saw your beautiful project
It is so great to create from your own story and your childhood memories with your mom.
I can only relate too much as I've been wanting to make a book from that difficult time I experienced as well. But it stayed at the dummy stage...
I really like the flow of your spreads and I'm really looking forward to see your beautiful garden illustrated.
I cant' believe I only see your answer regarding "licensing " now @davidhohn , sorry about that and thank you for giving more infos on the terms.
I understand that in my case it would be consider as licensing one illustration for that batch of bottles only. Of course this would need to be written in the agreement.
Does anyone would have suggestion on how to write my email for submitting my own quote for the client's project?
Because there will be big gap from what is offering, but I still want to be thankful that he thought of my illustrations in the first place. Maybe he will realise that his budget is not realistic and agree on more...
Thank you so much @davidhohn for your in-depth answer!
I followed your pricing exemple with the info that the client gave me so far.
He says 250 odd dozen of each variety so what I understand is that he plans to produce 250x12= 3000 bottles per variety, so per label.
For the price of the bottle he says that between $6,45 and $12,90RRP is where the vast sales are so he won't go over that I suppose.
So if $10 a bottle, 10% is $1 and for 3000 bottles, the budget is giving me is very low...
One excuse that he told me is that because I provide only the illustration he has to pay someone to do the graphic design on top. (and I have no competence in doing graphic design)
So I have a lot to think...
I will get in touch with the charity project in the meantime.
Thank you so much for taking the time to reply @Jon-Anderson !
I agree with you.
He might have no previous experience with hiring illustrators so maybe I should try to submit my own quote for what he's asking but not sure how to price it though...
Hi everyone, I would love to hear if anyone as experience with pricing for wine labels.
I’ve been contacted by an Australian wine maker who is developing a new range of wines to be sold at national liquor shops over there.
After asking some first questions he got back to me with this :
About 160 USD per label, 2 labels, re-using illustrations I have on my website.
Then saying that if this goes well he might ask 2-3 over the course of the year. I presume it would be a commission then.
I’ve never done packaging illustration before but I read into the GAG pricing book (edition 14th) that price ranges from $1000 - 4500 for commissioned piece.
In my case the client wants to re-use an existing illustration, so I’m not sure how to price…
Also he’s asking for one illustration that is already used on coffee cup over there (which I didn’t get paid, it is a ‘charity’ project for cafes to buy 'environmental friendly' cups). I still own all the rights but it seems weird to me to re-use the same image. What do you think?
I’m thinking his fee is quite low as in packaging illustration it seems to be a flat fee and my name won’t appear anywhere, also my bank will charge me some % to convert money in Euros.
I’m a newbie in the illustration world (have only done one editorial job) so many thanks in advance to anyone who can help!
Just reading your concept made me laugh!!
Through its robot traits the pug is really cute!
@xin-li @LauraA Would you be able to tell what the case studies look like?
Is it something like this blogpost shared by Rebecca Green on her last picture book?