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Petka
08-06-2004, 08:44 PM
Hi all. I would like to share something new with this great art community and read some C&C on my latest work. These are some illustrations for a reading book for children at the age of 6-7 years. The weird perspective in some pieces was my intent. I worked by a method of multi-views in the same subject, something similar to cubistic synthetism, but in case of children illustration it shouldn't be so abstract, of course. I needed to show more things in one single shot, it is clear from the 2nd image. What do you think about it?

The content of all images was ordered by authors of the texts, so I couldn't draw anything else :)

Wish to have more time for this book, I had to make one image from sketch to final colored artwork in 15 minutes and go on another quickly. In the book, there were about 300 images or more.

http://design.animacia.sk/portfolio/ilustracia/slabikar_ilustr01.jpg

http://design.animacia.sk/portfolio/ilustracia/slabikar_ilustr02.jpg

http://design.animacia.sk/portfolio/ilustracia/slabikar_ilustr03.jpg

http://design.animacia.sk/portfolio/ilustracia/slabikar_ilustr06.jpg

http://design.animacia.sk/portfolio/ilustracia/slabikar_ilustr05.jpg

http://design.animacia.sk/portfolio/ilustracia/slabikar_ilustr09.jpg

http://design.animacia.sk/portfolio/ilustracia/slabikar_ilustr10.jpg

http://design.animacia.sk/portfolio/ilustracia/slabikar_ilustr12.jpg

http://design.animacia.sk/portfolio/ilustracia/slabikar_ilustr15.jpg

And some samples of the full pages:

http://design.animacia.sk/portfolio/ilustracia/slabikar01.jpg

http://design.animacia.sk/portfolio/ilustracia/slabikar02.jpg

designbyjen
08-06-2004, 10:28 PM
welcome! we are glad you have come to join us ;)
your book illustrations are consistant and you work very well w/ design, including incorporating text, while being limited w/ illustration content. i think you will make a fine children's book illustrator. have you tried showing a portfolio to publishing houses & such?
quite a website you have. when did you start it? what kind of audience are you drawing from it?
~~~jen

Petka
08-07-2004, 09:18 AM
Thank you jen. I've showed my illustration folio to some publishing houses with focus on children illustration here in Slovakia and in Czech Rep. Many art directors or editors from there like my work, but the problem is elsewhere. The local publishers rather buy whole book with illustration from foreign authors/publishers and just translate the text. It's easier for them, but they make hard times to illustrators.

I am OK, because I've a larger engagement, I work mainly as a print designer and a director/animator of TV commercials. Children illustration is my heartfealt job and I do it, because I love it. But the opportunities are very rare.

I have nice response on my website from potential clients, artists or others, so I am quite satisfied with it. My website is about 2-3 years old, but I redesigned it about a year ago. And with this redesign came also more responses and jobs.

Btw, I am thinking about an agency representation, so does someone here have any experiences with it? Could you share your recommendations with me? Thank you :)

Axl
08-09-2004, 11:49 AM
Your illustrations are very sweet and full of character, i enjoyed looking at them all! Expecially the full pages. The great colours are so exciting!

I have a question. What medium are your drawings done in?

AFM159
08-09-2004, 04:56 PM
Greetings and welcome to the forum!

Liked the work alot, very vivid and colorful! Sorry you have a hard time getting illustration work...keep at it, you do good work.

I haven't had a chance to look at your site, but will when I have more time...

I was curious about medium too...my guess...Pen & Ink with either colored pencil or oil pastel.....or was it done on the computer?

Petka
08-09-2004, 05:34 PM
Thank you.

Well, I did sketches in pencil first and then used felt pen, colored pencils and finally did some touches on computer with PS brushes.