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Portfolio Critque

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Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators

Fabulous Society – anyone interested in children’s books should be a member. I attended a seminar in August hosted by the SCBWI Maryland Chapter. For more years that I’d care to share, I have been obsessed with children’s books - not just the reading of these books, but also the writing and illustrating. I have also attended a number of these workshops, but this is the first one that I decided to have a portfolio critique. I have a mountain of illustrations to choose from – but which ones would be appropriate for this particular portfolio. So I built a portfolio from my favorite whimsical illustrations and took it to the workshop. I won’t keep you in suspense – there were many good things said:

~ Yes I am a good illustrator
~ Yes I did have a recognizable style
~ Yes I demonstrated competency in many mediums
~ My black and white art was good – but the market there is slim
But then came the real critique – the real opportunity to improve –…

Work In Progress

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I'm taking a small hiatus - not well deserved - unintentional - but necessary. Once again I'm cleaning the STUDIO, located in the garage. But it's more than just cleaning and throwing out trash - this time I'm changing my whole direction. With working full time, I can't devote myself to painting/mixed media/collage, etc. I lose focus if I can't stay with a painting for hours at a time. So I'm boxing, or rather plastic binning, the mixed media painting supplies. Until time allows, maybe when I retire again, I'm going to focus on illustration - particularly - children's picture book art. I've always had a passion for picture books and have dabbled in it for years - but never seriously or as a single focus. This is a good time to give it a go. I already have a library of reference books - no surprise there!

Tips to Optimize Your Creative Time

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FINAL TIP # 9

Turn off the TV

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TIP # 8

Capitalize on odd bits of time

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TIP # 7

Carry a sketchbook or journal everywhere you go

Tips to Optimize Your Creative Time

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TIP # 6
Work fast

Tips to Optimize Your Creative Time

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TIP # 5

Sketch or paint what is at hand.

Tips to Optimize Your Creative Time

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Tip # 4

Sketch if you don't have time to do more

Tips to Optimize Your Creative Time

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Tip # 3

Make a schedule and pencil in creative time

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TIP #2

Tell your family and friends what you're doing and why