Trying to break into the picture book market and sending these pieces to art reps and publishers. What's missing here? I know the older stuff (first three) has a slightly different style. Any feedback?
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Last edited by Wildah; March 16th, 2011 at 05:29 PM.
I enjoy your work.
Not much of a constructive criticism except that I'm blown away but your stuff.
I would love to see child book illustrated that way, especially the last one, moby dick.
Hey Wildah, I'm liking the work, especially the Moby Dick, very good.
I have a hunch that may help your work and forgive me for not knowing the technical terms. There is a very 'gleaned' look to your work, very 'glazed' and very 'smooth' in consistency, don't know if that's because of the paint you use or the computer program you use or whatever. From the books I remember seeing as a kid, all the pictures had a very different look.
I'm not sure if picture book market means children's books, so i'm making an assumption here that I may be wrong about, though if I can put some links in this message to the kind of images i'm talking about you may see where i'm coming from. I suppose it depends on the taste of the market you are aiming for, I suppose i'm just talking about traditional pictures where as you clearly have something new here, which may be the thing, maybe it's a little too new or original, if that is a reason for the lack of interest in your work.
I for one like the style, and the soldiers in that last one, brilliant. I get the idea you would do well working for Pixar or something because of that 'smooth glazed' look I see.
Take a look at these Potter covers (if the following link works) and you might see that the pictures have a very 'dusty' look, like they were created with pastels or something, maybe even crayons. In contrast to your work, which is very 'smooth'. I wish I knew the technical terms, though I lean towards the metaphor as you can tell!
The other idea is perhaps maybe to try creating pictures in a medium like crayons or pastels, if your work is for children's books (as i've assumed) then maybe the marketers may feel that children will relate to pictures created in a medium which they are accustomed to, because most kids play with crayons or pastels before experiencing digital or even paint, though this varies of course. Or maybe if your work is created digitally, you could alter the look slightly?
Of course this is all based on a hunch and i'm still learning to draw, so my advice may be worth as much as a doctor who's not qualified, so i'm just giving a disclaimer here that I'm offering you a hunch based critique. Haha.
Enjoy your day, and I look forward to seeing more.
The graphite ones with the kids and the bicorne hat and the ogre ones are awesome. They've got a strong sense of "Story" behind them. When I look at them there's a strong sense of a lot more happening behind the scenes. I really like your style, and hope to see a lot more of it in print.
The graphite ones with the kids and the bicorne hat, and the ogre ones are awesome. They've got a strong sense of "Story" behind them. When I look at them there's a this feel of a lot more happening behind the scenes. I really like your style, and hope to see a lot more of it in print.
Hey Man, really great work! I can see a HUGE improvement from your starting pieces! I think you're on your way (if you aren't already, haha).
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The moby dick scene is excellent, perhaps the strongest image. I haven't really got any critique - I was moved to post after seeing the trolls around the fire image though, it would have been great to see the kid's shadow exaggerated (clawed hand, evil eyes etc) which would have added to the 'story' element and shown more of what the trolls were thinking, also adding more humour and showing something a child would easily recognise as a gag. I suppose it wouldn't be realistic, but then it is a picture book.
The first set of images come across best to me, perhaps you think that your more recent work is better rendered etc, but as a body of work these show great ideas, layout and continuity. The relationship between the characters is great, as in the cycling scene, and the traffic light scene is graphically excellent
I suppose it's a fine line between showing you can jump through the hoops demanded by the industry, and also show that you've got soul and your own ideas.
Keep it up, and good luck, I see no reason why you'd struggle getting work
Thanks for the comments. The initial set of image was definitely drawn with a different outlook. I was attempting to paint in a more simplistic, symbolic way than I did before with isometric or simple straight on perspective. The whole point was to make my illustrations more kid friendly.
I ditched that approach after getting the critique that everything got static and boring. Now I just paint the way i like it with the only concession being the themes (No violence or danger) demanded by the Children's book Industry. The Moby Dick piece isn't really part of this portfolio but people like it so it stays.
Last edited by Wildah; November 18th, 2011 at 06:29 PM.