So lovely to see everyone's take on the same story!
Here's my entry.
Telling stories, one drawing at a time.
Freelance illustrator | Dog lover | India
So lovely to see everyone's take on the same story!
Here's my entry.
I just wanted to share some exciting news with everyone. I've signed a contract with Advocate Art agency for representation! They have emailed me saying it's official but we're currently working on getting together my portfolio to be up on their website.
I had been listening to the SVS podcasts and reading so many posts on agents and decided that it was a good step for me. I'd spent a good 5-6 months working on my portfolio taking into consideration everything I learnt. Honestly, portfolio building is a continuos process so that feeling of "Oh, I'll just create a few more pieces before I start sending out emails" never goes away!
I gave myself a deadline to work on my portfolio till end of April and start sending out emails to agents and publishers in May. I created my mailing list of about 10 agencies through this forum and instagram. I only stuck to art agencies and not literary agents. I did receive a few rejections (though all of them were encouraging and polite). I was fortunate to have Advocate Art show interest in my work and now I'm super stoked to have them with me on my journey! I have a one-on-one session scheduled next week with my assigned agent which I'm really looking forward to.
Joining SVS has easily been the best decision I've made. I'm really grateful to Will, Jake and Lee and the team for all their efforts and guidance. I honestly didn't know how much I didn't know till I got here lol. Everyone on this forum has also been super kind and helpful and has really taught me the art of giving and receiving positive feedback. Not to forget the wonderful friends I've made here
To everyone who’s considering on getting an agent, I'd suggest focusing on getting your portfolios ready. 12-15 pieces that shows a range of your skills and things you enjoy drawing. You can send out a first batch of emails and continue working on your portfolio as well since most agencies take a few weeks to reply. Good luck everyone and thank you so much!
When Dogbot turned into a real dog
So I redrew my entry for this month's prompt, coz the longer I saw my previous one, the more unsatisfied I was ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I'm a little happier with this one because it's more children's book-y imo.
Loving the take on everyone else's entry!
I've been seeing a lot of posts regarding portfolios lately and it's great to see so many fellow SVSers looking to send their amazing work out to publishers and agents!
I was recently awarded the grand prize of the SCBWI Summer Spectacular Portfolio Showcase 2020 (still hard to believe!), so I figured I must be doing something right!
I've written a post on my website about my thoughts and tips on the things I followed while working on my portfolio and wanted to share it with all of you, in the hope that you may find it helpful.
There's not really anything new that I've said, but hopefully, it can act as a reminder of the important things
I'd love to hear any feedback or questions you may have, or even if there's anything you'd like to add to the list!
The only time looking at disasters is exciting is in this thread! Great to see everyone's take on it!
Here's my entry!
I just wanted to share some of my excitement with you guys. The first 2 titles I worked on with my agency last year just got published Both of these were projects with approx 3 months timeline.
"The Storyteller of Ketu" published by Collins Big Cat
Publisher link: https://collins.co.uk/products/9780008399016
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Storyteller-Ketu-Band-Lime-Collins/dp/0008399018
"Tippy Tippy Tree" published by Warren Publishing
Publisher link: https://www.warrenpublishing.net/store/p287/The_Tippy_Tippy_Tree_by_Laura_Keane_(Hard_Cover).html
Amazon (Hard Cover): https://www.amazon.com/Tippy-Tree-Laura-Keane/dp/1736171410
Amazon (Paperback): https://www.amazon.com/Tippy-Tree-Laura-Keane/dp/1736171429
I just had a cover revel of my 3rd project (published by SourceBooks) which will be available in October!
It's so exciting to see my art out there in the world (even though I haven't been able to get my copy yet).
All 3 projects were worked on in Procreate and finished up in Photoshop to make it print ready. In fact, I wasn't aware of how terribly the layer modes translate from Procreate to Photoshop so I really had a freak out session towards the end of my first book
I'm truly grateful to @Will-Terry @Lee-White @Jake-Parker and @davidhohn for being wonderful teachers. And also the whole SVS team and community for making it what it is today. And even seeing the progress of artists on this forum feels so good! I think I hit the jackpot when I discovered SVS.. pretty much like finding the right thing at the right time.
I've also been feeling a little guilty that I haven't been active on the forum in the past few months but now you know why
A big thanks to everyone on this forum for being so amazing!
@Nyrryl-Cadiz Haha thanks Nyrryl! ^_^
@Jeremy-Ross That is some really great advice about the bio needing to be timeless! And I agree. I'm already cringing at the bio I gave in a hurry to my previous client haha.
@RachelArmington Ah! That does make sense! I guess I never really considered myself as an "an award-winning children's book illustrator"... Just a SCBWI portfolio showcase winner. Haha. Technically it's correct, but award winning has such a bigger scope for interpretation I feel like I'm being deceiving by not being specific. insert self doubt and questionable self esteem
@xin-li Thanks for sharing your bio. I think it says a lot about you but I understand how you might feel it sounding pertinacious. But now you can also use "award-winning children's book illustrator" for your next bio!
@idid Thank you! I agree with you about removing those unnecessary words. Regarding being "self taught", I guess I started out like that but after having taking so many online courses like SVS, I can't really honestly say that about myself anymore I think being self taught is often interchanged with not having a formal degree in that field. What do you think?
Thank you so much everyone for all your help!
I'm just about wrapping up a big picture book project and the editor has asked for a short bio for the jacket cover.
I have a draft ready which I'd shared with an earlier client but I'm wondering how I can make it better.
Any tips on what should go in the bio?
Since I've just relocated, I don't have my book collection with me at the moment so if anyone could even share pictures of the bio from their collection, that would be really helpful!
This is what my bio looks like currently but I'm not sure about the middle 2 paragraphs. It feels a little... meh?
Neha Rawat is a children's book illustrator from India and the Grand Prize Winner of the SCBWI Summer Spectacular Portfolio Showcase 2020.
She worked as a software engineer for 5 years before freelancing as an artist creating personalised illustrations, comics, and merchandise. She eventually realised her love for children's books and storytelling through art.
Neha loves cuddling dogs, doing yoga and being around nature.
@Nyrryl-Cadiz I'd pick Option 1.
As a client, my priority would like to see the variety and quality of work. Not how many paid/unpaid projects you've completed. If I like your work, I wouldn't mind clicking on the "Work" tab to check who you've worked with.
But in option 1, your first 7 images are all of the same project. Maybe just pick best 2 for each project so that the content doesn't seem repetitive on the home page and shuffle them up. Even with this gallery view, the viewer would probably just see the top 6 images and then have to scroll down. Pick these top images wisely to show your work. Good luck!
@phoenix-yip I like the subtle textures you have going on in your piece. For me, what feels odd is that the character and the horse are the only elements that have a thick black outline. Everything else is a shape rendering. You can either remove the lifework from the characters or add some line work to the background and foreground.
Also, the line width seems a little thick for a relatively small and detailed element like your character.
Since you have no black anywhere else in the illustration, try using a dark brown instead of a black outline.
But I would try and remove the outline first. You may need to adjust the values a little so that the character stands out from the background.
Thanks everyone for your replies! I agree th best solution is to ask the client but I just wanted to hear about everyone's experience.
@jimsz Thanks! I received the specs at the start of the project but not the template.
@TaniaGomesArt I think this makes the most sense to me. Thanks!