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!
When your dog stares at your while you eat.
Whenever I think of mermaids, my mind instantly goes to those beautiful illustrations of perfectly curved body shapes and flowing hair and magical atmosphere. Oh how I wish I could create something like that one day. But for now, I think cute is what makes me happy
Just saw their 2nd free video! I like how systematic they are with their information. Very action oriented!
Does anyone know if all the videos of CBP course will be available all at once. Or will they release them on some sort of schedule?
@Braden-Hallett I agree that the logo should have some hierarchy. I actually like @CLCandyArts solution.
I also think you can drop the "freelance" from the text. You can mention that you're a freelancer in your "About" section of your website.
Also this font is a little difficult to read coz it's so thin and there are too many words. Maybe if you decide to drop the "freelance", you can also try to reduce the height of the font so that it's not soo long for a small size font.
I really like your logo though!
Dang it! I missed it! Just couldn't keep my eyes open last night. I love seeing Lee's and David's sessions! When can we expect the recording up?
@carlianne This is so cute! I have a suggestion (I've not tried it before because I literally just thought of it)
I can see you've used an overlay texture on the whole image and it's looking great! Maybe just to make it look a teeny bit better, try creating a mask of the texture for each element (background, leaves, flower, fairy) in a different orientation so that it's not obvious to the view that you've just applied a short cut overall texture.
@jenithornhill This is so amazing! CONGRATULATIONS! And to be up with the big publishers is really a cherry on top! Woot!