@peteolczyk Never fall for the guilt trip. I had a self publisher tell me his wife fell ill and her wish was for his book to be illustrated and he just wanted her to see the sketches, so could I do some up over the week end... to which I said no.
Hi, I'm an Irish Illustrator, recently moved from Ireland to Japan and switched careers from Youth & Community work and Graphic design to pursue my passion for Illustration.
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RE: Facebook Groups
@NessIllustration if someone emailed me and asked me to illustrate a story about a doughnut I would have a hard time passing that up lol
Seriously tho, more often if its self published their is a lack of understanding about what to do, they will expect you to do the graphic deign, theyre very close to the story so may not like constructive feedback or will get you to make silly changes because it doesnt resemble their grandmother that the story is about. So many headaches and that's after they agree to hire you, up until you sign something they can just drop off the face of the earth you never hear from them again, it's so unprofessional. If a publishing house did that they would be blacklisted.
I used to think i'll give them the benefit of the doubt, it might be an amazing story and they might be awesome to work and that may be the case sometimes (i'm not saying all self publishers are clueless) but they are few and far between. So my policy is to run away.
I was so deflated because I was dealing with this so much and I wasn't getting anywere. Then I got a book offer email from a proper publisher, their first email they sent laid out everything - price, timeline, art direction everything, no back and forth just straight up info.
RE: Facebook Groups
I joined a few facebook groups not for children's books but for selling prints, same deal - low price low quality and so much negativity.
Just a note on self publishers I've had a few contact me through instagram, I've decided that i'm just not gonna spend any time entertaining them any more. The first few I had bounced back and forth a few emails but none wanted to talk money or were shocked at a ball park figure I would throw out. Now I politely direct them to the Children's Writers and artists yearbook and advise them to go through a publisher who will pick an illustrator.
RE: Pencil and Pencil Crayons
@Heather-Boyd Caran d'Ache Luminance are lovely pencils very nice to use, expensive tho. But great light fastness as the chart shows.
Prisma color premier are also good, and good lightfastness, I've a mix of both these brands and they mix well together.
Faber castel polychromos are good too. I don't have experience with the rest on the chart.
Caran d'Ache luminance for me are the best, they're made from a mixture of oil and wax and don't bloom ( that weird shiny layer of wax you can get if your heavy handed or lay down loads of layers with colored pencils) they're lovely and soft and highly Pigmented, but very expensive.
RE: Anyone attending Bologna children's book fair 2020
I'm in Japan so too far to go, I would live too go, i've never been but I heard there is a wall where you can put up a postcard/business card if you find space, that year was 2016 or 2017 when i heard this, I think so not sure if that is a thing that happens every time, but might be good to look out for that.
RE: When comes to a book cover illustration, do you make your illustration much bigger than the actual cover, just in case?
I always work on a larger canvas (in photoshop) than what the final size will be.
I find that when I scale down it helps hide any imperfections. Also good for as you said if you want to do prints.
So I pretty much have 2 files both 300dpi one bigger than necessary and the other exact dimensions with bleed etc. that I will drop my finished illo into when done.
Hop that helps.
RE: PODCAST FEEDBACK NEEDED
I think it would be a good podcast to do, I'd listen. I'd be interested in hearing thoughts on the issues, from guest speakers. I'm glad to hear that it wouldn't just be the 3 of you. As much as I love the podcast it wouldn't be helpful to discuss diversity with just 3 white guys.
Judging from most of the comments too it's something that people are interested in.
I heard on a podcast before with Armand Baltazar where he talked about pitching his book 'Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic'. He basically received feedback from publishers asking him to make the main character a white kid, the main character was based after his son, so this wasn't going to be a change he would make. He said multiple publishers had the same request. This was 2017 and publishers were still trying to white wash books so they would sell more. Their concerns were ridiculous as it would get picked up by Harper Collins on a 3 book deal and is also going to be made into a movie possible series of movies by Ridley Scott's company.
That's slightly different to what you mentioned, however it does illustrate a bias in the industry with some publishers. Anyone who says there is no bias has blinkers on. It is an uncomfortable subject to discuss, but one that need discussion.
I think it could be helpful to hear from a wide variety of people too (not just one guest speaker) not sure if that is possible on the podcast tho.
Look forward to listening to it, if you do it.