Weekly Work Roundup (1/20-1/26)
Hi Y’all! I’m going to try my very best to start posting more regularly. Starting with weekly updates every Monday about what I’ve been working on for the last week and a post later in the week about illustration, picture books, art, book reviews, creativity, thoughts on the children’s book publishing industry, and whatever else strikes my fancy. I hope you’ll enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them!
I had a productive week last week, finishing up another illustration for the picture book I’ve been working on with a first-time author, called ‘The Day the Elk Took Over Manhattan’. I’m hoping to get all of the illustrations for that done by April.
I also started work on one of the pieces for my postcard mailers that will be going out to kidlit book publishers and magazines in early March. Since I often get requests from my clients to create maps, I decided to create a fun Scout map showcasing my map and animal digital drawing skills. Since I’ve starting dividing my work into two different styles, digital and watercolor, I’m planning on creating two different postcard designs. I’m still debating on what to do for the watercolor image, though I’m seriously considering trying a dinosaur piece as the initial sketches went very well. Dinosaurs are something I’ve played around with drawing for ages but was somewhat intimidated in drawing them as there is so much great dino art that already exists. I’m hoping my humorous take on the topic will help mine stand out.
I finally added a sketchbook section to my website which shows my favorite sketches from the last year.
I wrote the first draft of my scholarship for the Liz Conrad Scholarship Fund which, if I’m lucky enough to receive it, will help cover some of my costs for the SCBWI Springmingle conference in Atlanta. I’ve also started planning out a few more portfolio pieces to create by then. I’m taking part in the Illustrator’s Day portfolio review and I’d like to have some shiny new work to show.
I took the plunge and joined Hire an Illustrator! Since my postcards won’t being going out for about a month I thought it was a good idea to get a bit more exposure in the mean time. So far my experience has been pleasant with a relatively painless set up.
And finally, I joined an online children’s book illustration critique group. I’ve been wanting to join a group like this for some time as working alone from home can be a bit isolating. It will be great to have a talented group of people to bounce ideas off of and hopefully we can work together to take our illustrations to the next level!
Plans for this week: I’m planning to get another illustration done for the Elk story, work on my watercolor postcard piece, and contact 2-5 children’s book publishers/magazines with queries for work.
See you next week!