Monday, September 27, 2010

Portfolio Critque

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 – these I will share with you . . .

Sept. 27th 2010

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