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!
I sold her a non-exclusive license to sell up to 1000 copies worldwide
Interesting! How would you keep track of their sales? "Good faith, trust, and honesty" seems too easy to take advantage of when it comes to money (sorry!).
What a cool trailer! And such a fun story for a book! Congratulations!
@arielg Hi Ariel. Yes, I think the story is pretty clear too so great job on that! Here are some suggestions:
@Coreyartus Ok that's a little comforting to know that it's not me who's totally screwing up the process and a little annoying that the feature is not already foolproof. Which is making me consider investing in a cintiq because I don't want to do double my workload because of Procreate but I also love the onscreen experience
@Corlette-Douglas Hi Corlette. I also signed with my agency in June this year. I got my first project from the agency a month after.
During the first month, my agent shared helpful info like moodboards and trending topics to give the artists some inspiration/direction to create new work which they could then share with their clients.
There may also be times when the agency gets a requirement from a client which they then forward to multiple illustrators who they think will be a good fit. It is essentially an audition for the part. I've only done one such event and it was unpaid. The client then chooses who's work they like best and they get the job. But all is not lost, since the audition piece I created will still be circulated amongst other clients and can also be used in your portfolio. (The project I'm working on currently, the publisher actually referred to this particular audition piece for colors and style).
The amount of work you get from the agency can vary for every artist. In the few months that I have been a part, I've received 4 project offers (all are starting pay) out of which I've accepted 2.
I've been lucky to get 3 other book offers on my own (2 of them being trade PBs from medium-big publishers. One of the PB I received was via emailing my portfolio directly to the publisher so emails really work!) which the agency is handling for me. This will help me get leverage in demanding higher paying gigs from my agency even though I'm a new member once my current work is over.
Many initial projects received from an agent will be low pay, short timeline and a lot of work so it's a lot of hustling. You may or may not be able to live off the earnings fully depending on your living expenses. For me, the dollar/euro/pound conversion rate to rupee works to my advantage.
I did receive a few offers from self publishers after I got an agent, but none of them worked out for various reasons (budget/usage/rights etc.) But I was open to working with self publishers before I got busy. I usually would try and get an idea of the project from them to see if I'm even interested. If it looked appealing, I would forward it to my agent to try and negotiate the terms.
@chrisaakins I actually just finished a chapter book illustration fully on Procreate using the "sRGB IEC61966-2.1" color profile and converted it to CMYK in Photoshop. Unfortunately, I'm still learning so many of the layer blending modes in Procreate translated very differently on Photoshop (and in this particular project, I used a lot of blending modes) so it did take me a lot of time to fix it in PS while maintaining the layers.
If you flatten out these layers and convert it to PSD CMYK, it works pretty well, but independently the layers act wonky.
It wouldn't have been so much trouble if the client had just asked for JPGs but they wanted the PSDs as well (as many publishers would).
Anyone else had this problem before with translating Procreate blending modes to Photoshop?
@demotlj This is so cute! I'm reading it as the girl dressing up as an ink bottle to try and attract the ink fairy and is ready with a camera. That's smart!
I love that the ink fairy is a cutesy animal. I do think you can push the value range a lot more especially on the ink bottle character.