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!
If it looks like a dog and it feels like a dog, is it really a dog?
This was such a fun challenge! Never spent so long on a piece. And such wonderful entries by everyone. Some really amazing storytelling and techniques!
Everyone on the forum is so helpful and I'm so glad to be a part of this community of amazing people and grow along with them! Good luck to everyone! Cheers!
@Coley Great progress! I think you can try having the snow density somewhere between the current and previous version.
Also see if varying the hue/saturation of the hearts in the foreground and background would make it look better?
I'd like to see a little bit of thickness on the wheels.
And try experimenting with the shape of the hill directly under the carriage. Maybe just have the hill on the right with a long swooping slope down the left? It'll give more atmospheric illusion and make the carriage more float-y.
Love the detailing on the characters!
@Chris For comics, the way you break up the story/dialogue delivery/punch line etc. carry more weight than the art itself. That’s why you have so many creators with terrible drawing skills but amazing at telling stories through comics!
Here are some steps you can follow:
Best of luck!
@Coley They haven't stated any purpose of the meeting. I suppose it's a make-the-best-of-the-opportunity meeting hehe. Thanks!
@StudioLooong @NessIllustration Thank you! Yes, I'll definitely make sure to show them I'm interested in working with them. I understand this was like the main point but my brain went spastic and I couldn't figure out how to "ask them out" haha. Thank you for laying it out!
@eriberart Thanks Erin! I'm not sure if they'll be going over my portfolio. I'm guessing they'll have it around for reference so that they are familiar with my work. I updated my website with a few new pieces just in case.
As for the questions, I went through their website and they have a nice FAQ which pretty much answers everything! But yeah, maybe I can bring up one of those points to discuss anything further
@idid I suppose that's how it works in most industries? Experience, customer/client reviews and acknowledgement through awards would definitely bump you up
@xin-li You've given some great points to think and discuss. Now that I read what you wrote about the AD complimenting your work, I had the same experience with my agent when I'd just joined. And I too have been subconsciously pushing myself further in those areas so I get what you mean. Thank you so much!
@carolinebautista They said they usually first ask the ADs who judged the showcase and then they try others but they did ask for our preferences as well. I'm not sure who the judges for this showcase were.
@erinrew Cute concept! I think it's ok to leave the background empty but definitely add some other element of life to it. Maybe 2 small squirrels or birds (I personally like having characters in an illustration).
I second Nicole's feedback on making the trees not look similar. I can see you've tried some variation, but maybe push it a little more? Mainly right now they're the same width, height and the branching also starts at the same height.
I like the idea of the branches making the heart shape. It could be made a little more prominent.
It also depends how realistic you want to create your piece. You can exaggerate the twining of the trees further and actually have the branches wrap around each other.
My main feedback is the background color. It's too warm for me and almost looks fire-y. I'd add more purples/pinks and tone down the orange-yellow. The white bark would pop more against them too.
Even if you draw faces in the trees, how about having them face each other? I can see they still have a nice pleasant expression but they're book looking away so a part of the "togetherness" feeling is slipping away.
@Coley I personally like the 4th one (red on blue). I like the pop of the red and it feels more romantic. Also the lights would show a nicer glow effect on the red carriage.
I'd probably change the clothes to a white or lighter color so that it pops against the carriage and background.
This is such a sweet illustration ^_^
One of the prizes for winning the SCBWI Portfolio Showcase was getting 1-1 meetings with 3 ADs. I have my first meeting with an Art Director this week. I'm a little nervous and don't want to blow such a good opportunity. I'm not sure how long the meeting will be but I'm guessing under 30min.
I'd appreciate any tips/advice on what I should ask or discuss during the meeting!
Till now these are the things I can think of (please let me know what can be added/omitted) :
I'm planning to update my website portfolio with a few new pieces in case they want to have a look.
GAH I'M SO NERVOUS!
@jdubz I like the concept! I think it nails the theme.
I would like to see more variation in size of the animals. Right now, except for the bear, all the animals are occupying only the lower 1/3-1/2 of the page. Since the animals are your main characters, I'd like to see them bigger.
Maybe you can have the smaller animals in front of the table trying to climb up so the overlap will show depth and it'll give you space to make the other animals bigger?
Also, with so many characters, it would be good to plan your focal points and how you want the viewers eye to travel. MY eyes first go to the fox (because of position and silhouette ) and then travels across the right through all the animals (but they're all the same size), finally the bear and the birds maybe. The 2 animals to the far left sort of feel neglected .
I don't necessarily think thats the best, either.
Yes, that is a correct assumption that the AD/graphic designer would be handling the text layout.
But I feel since we're all visual artists, we still need to try OUR best for the whole presentation (not only the illustration) even if something doesn't fall in our domain. So the fact that you yourself aren't confident about the fonts matters more especially because it's a portfolio piece.
For eg. many of us aren't website designers, yet we spend so much time making out portfolio websites look good. But we're not getting hired to design websites. I think this is similar
@chrisaakins Great work! I love the rendering on the mouse.
I personally prefer the 2nd version where the "Rats of NIMH" fit in the valley area. Maybe just reduce the size of that part and you'll automatically get breathing room.
In the 3rd one, since you've shifted the text up, the space between the title and the top edge seems a little less.
You also have 4 different fonts on the cover page. I'm also still learning graphic designing and text placement but I think 4 fonts is a little much.