Hello there fellow illustrators! This is kind of lengthy...
I'm new to the world of children's illustration and I keep beating myself down.
In the past year, I applied to illustration agencies and was rejected back to back. I did get some feedback from some of the rejection letters. I was told my style was too marketable and commercial. Then I was told by someone else that my style was too traditional. Then I was told by another person that my style is already fulfilled by many other illustrators.
Because of this feedback, I question everything. I redid my website and took out a lot of work that I thought wasn't my best. Should keep moving forward with my style? I enjoy creating work with it. I just wonder if it's meant for the children's book publishing world since the feedback I received was all mentioning my style.
With just recently joining SVS Learn, I now understand I haven't reached all of the criteria to put in my portfolio to prove I can work as a children's illustrator. I'm working on a check list to start adding more work. Will Terry's class on children's books has been tremendously helpful with that.
I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed and lost with how much I know I need to add. If you have any advice or helpful tips with this, I would greatly appreciate it! And I'm feeling down about my style as well. Maybe if I add something to it or change up my photoshop brushes a bit? The colors? The method or process of painting the work from sketches to finish? I've been told my sketches are looser then my finished work. What do you think?? I feel like I'm not standing out. If you could take a look at my website, and let me know what I'm missing, I'd love a second opinion or just any support as a beginning illustrator, I would be so grateful!
Note: I just put some projects on my site that are not quite finished yet that are only my checklist to show what I'm currently working on.
Thank you so much!