So lovely to see everyone's take on the same story!
Here's my entry.
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!
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!
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
Here's my entry for this months challenge!
This particular superstition of hanging lemon and chillis outside the entrances of homes, shops etc. is still very commonly practiced in many parts of India.
(The scientific logic behind it is actually a DIY insect repellant used in ancient times).
I’m participating in the #monochromemonth2020 challenge on Instagram by @ruthhammondillustration
It has 15 prompts, one monochrome illustration for every other day. Since I never seem to complete any challenge, I’ve decided to connect all the prompts and make a story out of it just to motivate myself to follow through with it till the end.
It’ll also be a good practice for value study and drawing a character in different scenes.
I posted the first one yesterday on my Instagram for the prompt “A FUNNY HAT”.
I also did a scribbly story boarding just to make sure I was able to connect all the prompts somewhat sensibly and it’s not all just whack
Wow! Thanks @Coreyartus for such a wonderful and organized post!
THANK YOU to everyone for your wishes! This was really unexpected for me so I was equally shocked at the results!
But most of all, I want to thank @Will-Terry @Jake-Parker @Lee-White for SVSLearn! The day I discovered SVS was pretty much when my career as a children's book illustrator started an upward incline. You are all amazing teachers and the passion and knowledge you, and the other instructors share through SVS is exceptional. I'll be forever grateful to everyone who makes SVS possible!
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A lot of people have doubts about if it's worth becoming an SCBWI member. I just wanted to share my experience with it.
Firstly, I would like to mention that members from India get almost a 50% discount on their membership/renewal fee in lieu of being from a UN Developing Nation.
My registration fee for the SCBWI Summer Spectacular event also had a 50% discount. For any additional registrations (like the portfolio showcase), I paid the full price.
So I've been an SCBWI member for almost a year now and honestly, I haven't reaped many benefits of it because the India chapter is not that active.
As for online resources, they send a monthly and quarterly magazine with articles etc. to all the members, but I've never read one to date
I'd been submitting my work for their monthly "Draw This!" and their Feature contest but I observed the artists who usually got selected had a very distinct style (it's hard to explain) but I felt that my style didn't fit in. Anyway, it's not AS discouraging when you don't know who you're up against, so I just kept on drawing hoping to create a portfolio worthy piece (just like with the SVS challenges). In fact, one of the month's Draw This! topic was "Masks" for which I created a piece that made it to my portfolio for the showcase! (The girl putting on a face mask in front of the mirror - just did a different take on "Masks")
My main takeaway from the SCBWI membership came earlier this year when I had my portfolio ready to share with publishers and agents.
Their "The Book" publication is a good source for the latest market surveys with names and contacts of all the important ppl in the publishing industry.
Secondly, their online digital workshops that were made freely available to all members during the lockdown. A couple of them were really informative. Though I'm not sure yet if they will continue this trend post-pandemic.
You don't need to be a member to attend any SCBWI events, but you do get a discount on the registration fee if you are one. For me, it was this event, but if you're in a region that is active with local events, it should be applicable to those too.
SCBWI is great for networking and getting your work in front of the right people. I personally feel (being from a not-so-active-region) it's more advantageous when you think you're ready to showcase your work (unless you're someone who loves to consume a lot of information that only members will have access to). There are indeed a lot of publishers, art directors, agents who will see your work. You basically have to weigh out your risk-reward ratio.
I will be sharing another long post about how I went about creating my portfolio and any helpful links that I found.
Again, THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! This forum has instilled a lot of confidence in me and has helped me grow as an artist.
The SCBWI Winter NY Conference 2021 just wrapped and our very own @xin-li won the SCBWI Portfolio Showcase! Yay congratulations!
As a prize, she wins a free entry to the next virtual SCBWI event and portfolio showcase, and a 1-1 meeting with 3 Art Directors!
I think everyone on this forum would be familiar with Xin's wonderful illustrations and helpful critiques. She's also a multi-time SVS Critique Arena winner!
There were around 600 portfolios entries for this event from illustrators all across the world with each participant allowed to upload only 3 pieces of artwork.
You can see the SCBWI Portfolio showcase results here which will be accessible through March.
I was also really happy to see many familiar fellow SVSers in the portfolio showcase as well! Your work really stood out guys!
Congratulations again, Xin! And 3 cheers for SVS!
A returning client of mine was planning to write and self publish a children’s book and commissioned me to illustrate it. The pay isn’t much but I still took it up as a good practice project. I definitely spent way too much time on it but I don’t regret it. I finally finished it earlier this month and submitted it.
This Is the last spread of the book from the rough sketch, to line art to final.
One amazing thing I did in 2019 is become a part of the SVS community
Here's to an even more amazing-er 2020! Happy New Year everyone!
My entry for the December prompt.