Here’s my entry. It’s about the hidden masterpiece of the heavens which we can only mostly appreciate at night and even then, we still find it hard to connect the stars. I hope you guys like it.
I'm a starting illustrator who wants to make illustrating children's books a career.
Well... everybody.... I have great news.
I HAVE AN AGENT!!! I’m being represented by Advocate Art. Here’s a link to my artist profile
About a couple of months after my licensure exams last May, I started applying to various agencies. I felt that my portfolio still lacked some pieces but I figured that the worst that could happen is that they’ll advise me to submit again. I was working on my portfolio anyway. I don’t mind if they have a few notes for me. I never thought that one would actually respond to me!
In the past, I had a few agencies show interest in my work. Their common comments were to add more pieces to my portfolio. Unfortunately, I was still in school or reviewing for the board exams and I never had the time. When I finally had the opportunity to create new illustrations, they were no longer looking for new talent. This happened at Astound Us. Another funny encounter happened with Allied Artist. I think it was back in 2017? I made a post about it a long time ago. I guess I ticked them off or something ‘cause they blocked me. They blocked me. LOL! After asking one too many annoying and most likely stupid questions, my messages were not getting through. I kept receiving some automated message that I was blocked. Well, those were a few of my biggest disappointments in finding an agent. I must have applied to dozens more with no success.
I remember the Third Thursday about Agents. I think Lee said this that one sign that you’re ready to find an agent is when you have enough time to work in illustration. Evidently, I didn’t have enough time to even work on my portfolio much less handle a project. I guess it was just not the right time. Now that I do have the time, things just fell into place.
Advocate Art responded a few weeks after I made my submission. I was interested with their Fairness, Ability, Creativity, Trust (F.A.C.T.) Policy. I’ve heard enough agent/illustrator horror stories to know that I should find an agency that won’t take advantage of me. Plus their roster of international artists wasn’t that bad either.
Before they could launched me, they advised that I added more pieces to my portfolio. Luckily this time, I had a lot of time to spare. They advised to make at least four new pieces. They also advised me to make them more colorful and saturated. I have a feeling this is a market trend for this year so to all of you out there, take note. That, or maybe because most of my work had desaturated and muted colors. Anyway, I went to work. The recent Filipino folklore pieces I made were for them. Clients want to see the cultural backgrounds of newly signed artists apparently. Again, take note guys.
It’s funny when @NessIllustration mentioned that she was approached by Lara from International Talent Search (It’s Me) because I was approached by the same woman as well! I was skeptical at first. I’ve never heard of talent scouts working for Illustration agencies but apparently they do exist. IT’S ME search for new talent as well as manage the submissions for a number of agencies including Advocate Art, Astound Us, Illo Agency, and a few more. I really wanted to share this news with you guys but I didn’t want to talk about it until it was official and I had my profile launched on the website. Now, IT IS! And I’m so happy to share it with everyone!
In that previous all-about-agents Third Thursday, they mentioned how before starting work with your agent, the two of you need to have a conversation on what you want for the future, what you want to do, what you want to achieve, etc... My agent and I are currently discussing just that. I don’t know which specific field to focus on. The best solution I can think of for now is to get my feet wet first and then decide later but I do want to be an author-illustrator and that’s something they’re happy to help me with. I’m very excited for that!
Thank you so much to everyone who has helped me on my pieces. Your comments, critiques and kind words helped me improve my art a lot. To everyone who’s considering on getting an agent, get your portfolios ready and submit now! Just this month, Advocate hired about 20 new illustrators. Don’t be afraid to take the risk. Like I’ve said before, the worst that could happen is that you submit again but you never know. Good luck everyone and thank you so much! I’m very excited for the future.
Hi, everyone! So recently I mentioned that I was studying for my Civil Engineering Licensure Exam. Just last May 5-6, I took the exam and it’s only this morning did we get the results. I PASSED!!!!!!! WOOOHOOO!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy! I feel so blessed! This may not seem that big of a deal art-wise but it changes everything for my career. This means I can now focus on studying art and finding some freelance work. I don’t need to split my time between school and art. Now I can focus on my craft. I can’t wait to begin this new chapter of my life. Thank you so much to everyone who has been with me all the way.️
Hi, everybody! Here’s my Misunderstood Monster. I hope you guys like it!
Hi, everyone! I’ve been trying to spend my time wisely this holiday season and drawing as much as I can before my classes resume.
As I was doing my christmas illustration, I came up with the idea of drawing my childhood. My childhood probably isn’t as unique as others might have but it’s really special to me. And as I was creating my first illustration (seen below), I can’t help but get myself really immersed and very exicited. Perhaps it was nostalgia doing its thing. It took me lesser time to finish the piece compared to my previous works. I really wanted to make a 3-piece illustration series out of this. I wanted to paint my childhood joys and experiences growing up in a small rural town in the Philippines, playing in the mud and rain and all that fun stuff.
I’m posting it here in order to impose accountability on myself. If I didn’t, I might just chuck this project in the back burner. So... I hope you like the first installment. Two are still coming. Thank you so much.
@Travion-Lawrence hi! Great drawing. Looking at your piece, I can almost notice no definition. Your shadows are too similar in shade with your local color and you don’t seem to have any lights. My suggestion is to increase the contrast between your lights and darks.
@Taigyo hi! I guess it totally depends on what your definition of finished is. Can you provide other images that you consider as finished?
@gavpartridge thank you so much for the input but i have to disagree with a lot of them.
Firstly, this is how I draw noses. It’s my signature potato nose and I love it a lot. I do agree it’s not the most appealing but I personally enjoy it.
Secondly, she’s a black girl. Black people mostly have bigger noses. I don’t want to white wash her by giving her a dainty button nose.
Thirdly, no variation in line width. I mostly don’t do line work on my illustrations. Therefore, I don’t really give much thought about lines.
Lastly, you said it’s too distracting. No, the line work is too faint that it needs even more definition if you ask me.
I do agree on her pose though. I’d have to work on that some time. I’d really like to apologize for sounding mad in this pose. I just had to say what’s in my mind. I’d like you to know that I do value your opinion and I do enjoy reading them. They help me to grow as a better artist. Do keep them coming. Thanks!
@Lorna-H I actually wanted her eyes to be looking down on her dress. I guess that's another element to work on. I'm really happy your daughter likes it! When I was younger there were no books with main characters who looked like me. My main goal for this project is to provide characters that kids of color can identify with.
@TessaW Oh dang! someone vandalized my illustration.
@NessIllustration Yeah! They contacted me more than a month ago about a book. I was very cordial and accomodating to them but when I inquired more about their project, they just ghosted me until yesterday. They said they lost my message in their draft folder which was a complete bull. Clearly they did not care about this project. If they did, they would've responded promptly. I was just too tired and completely not having it so I answered as politely as I could without cussing.
here's an update. thoughts?