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Posts made by Neha Rawat
RE: Illustrator bio for jacket cover
@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!
Illustrator bio for jacket cover
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.
RE: HELP NEEDED CHOOSING BEST PORTFOLIO LAYOUT
@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!
RE: Somethings wrong. I can feel it.
@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.
RE: Submit client files as pages or spreads?
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!
Submit client files as pages or spreads?
I'm due to start the final coloring of a picture book project.
I wanted to know if there's a preferred or standard method of submitting the final files. This story contains single page, double spread and spot illustrations.
Should I submit all illustrations in a double page spread template? Even if they are 2 single page or spot illustrations?
Or should I submit them all as a single page template, and only the double page spreads as double page template?
I can ask the publisher but I'll have to wait a few days before I get a reply.
RE: Picture book breakdown with David Hohn on May 27!
RE: Owl on left or owl on right?
Left, you silly, because:
- My eye naturally goes to the top left to read a page (right around where the character riding the owl is as opposed to the empty space in the other version)
- The flow of page is going from the top left to the bottom right so it feels more natural
- Since the flow is going diagonally down, it gains momentum towards the end and having the giant mouse looking back into the page helps the eyes move back and stay within the illustration (as opposed to losing momentum going diagonally upward and stopping at the character riding the owl)
RE: Suggestions for picture books about Cooking
Wow! So many great suggestions! Thanks everyone!
@Jeremy-Ross I did NOT see that story progressing the way it did! It was so unexpected! I loved it! Thank you.
@Valerie-Light Your'e absolutely right! I love how they've used the space of the page for different scales and perspectives within the same spread. This is a brilliantly designed book!
@RachelArmington I came to know of this book just last week when I was listening to Jacqueline Alcántara's talk for SCBWI! She's wonderfully married cooking and history with her illustrations.
@Kevin-Treaccar "Charming" is indeed the perfect way to describe this. So lovely and light hearted. Thank you for sharing!
@LouD I love the minimal style and color palette of this book. So simple with effective storytelling.
@Asyas_illos I love the different perspectives and crops of the mother in "Bee-bim Bop" so as to keep the visuals interesting. I think this is very much what I was looking for. Thank you!
@Melissa-Bailey-0 Wow! Thanks for the amazing list! I've only read the first 2 so looking forward to reading all the rest!
@JennyJones I loved Whopper Cake. So funny (and yummy!). I'm totally craving cake now!
I came across "Thank you, Omu" sometime last year and I loved it! Such a heartwarming story and so beautifully illustrated. Thank you for reminding me of it again.
@idid I'm open to looking at both for inspiration! But the story I'm working on spans a short period.
RE: Share your MerMay art!
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
RE: New "Children's Book Pro System" Video Series Launching... SIGN UP NOW!
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?
RE: Workin' on new website banner! A, or B?
@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!