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Old 10-01-2002, 02:29 PM
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This is an illustration for a book idea for children , would like to hear feedback on rather or not this style is appropriate
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Old 10-01-2002, 03:43 PM
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I've certainly seen illustrations like this in the books I read to my kids. I think it would work well with something like a folk-fairytale, or a similar type of story.
Check out the books by Tomi de Paola, his work is a bit like to what you're doing there.

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Yes, I love tomi's work, only one of him though,I do appreciate the comparison.
I find that I will do sketches for book ideas and then go on to different styles and characters. I wonder if publishers want to see consistency or diversity, anyone know?
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Yes, I love tomi's work, only one of him though,I do appreciate the comparison.

I've seen others that are actually more like your work than his is, but I can't think of names, or even book titles. Tomi's just one who's readily available!
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Your illustration looks good. As someone who has read many children's books I agree that this style is fine. I like lots of color in children's stories and my kids gravitate towards the more colorful books on the shelves. I have been reading quite a lot about illustrating for children's books lately and on the diversity versus consistency question it can go both ways. Diversity is generally good unless a potential publisher only gets to see one type and discards it as not what he is looking for without checking out what else you can do. I hear setting up a web site is one way to counter this. I say do all the styles you like to work in! I didn't see enough good about only having one style to warrant limiting yourself. But since I haven't gotten published yet since I am just starting my first project for a children's book you might do better to get advice from someone who has real working knowledge besides book knowledge. I hear you aren't a real writer or illustrator until you get some rejection letters! Redhawk
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Thanks for your feedback, Here is another style, an illustration that I started today and obviously unfinished. Let me know what you think. I think the web site showcasing illustrative work is a good idea. I do have a web site , but it is for my regular art. Perhaps I could add a page for my illustrations.
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Hi Aqua.

I like both of the styles that you have posted. The last one is particularly descriptive. She looks like she has a story to tell.
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Thanks for your feedback. I am brand new at working with photoshop. Here is the work above , a bit more finished. let me know what ya think.
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Hi Aqua

Nice job working with Photoshop. I thought you had been using wc or markers in the first one. Now that I've gone back to check, I can see.
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Hey, Yes the indian sketch is pen and watercolor and the other is photoshop. I thought photo shop would be quicker, but since I am a newbie it took me much longer.
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Here is one that is watercolor and photoshop. I know that publishers look for characters that are 'doing something' and mine are pretty stagnant. Need to incorporate some action into my illustrations. I know that I have much to learn before submitting anything.
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Old 10-05-2002, 01:24 PM
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Hi Aqua

I think you have got the look for illustration down. Remember this is coming from someone still trying to get there herself!!:-) But it is appealing on its own.

You know, if you already have a small body of similar work, why not start submitting already? Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market resource book lists tons of places to submit a variety of artwork, the kinds of things they are looking for and their working terms. The 2003 version is already out, runs about $25. I am sure that Shari W thinks it is a valuable resource. I have used it to submit my portfolio. But because of the long turn around time (sometimes months) and mailing costs (usually around $8 for sending and return postage), I have not submitted to alot of companies. I've had some nibbles that way, but have decided that a promo card would be less costly and I can reach more companies. Will save sending my portfolio to those who show an interest. Thinking about including a SAS postcard along with the card just to save them a step in responding.

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I like the little girl in green even more though personally your indian woman is my favorite.
Jangogh ,
I like the SAS idea very much since the easier you make it for people the better. After all we are all a little lazy by nature and then there are the procrastinators (that's me) who say "As soon as I finish _____ (fill in the blank) I will get to it."
Between this thread and the other Children's Illustrating thread I am very curious to try out Photo Shop. Now if I can just get my husband to bring my scanner home from his office.Grrrrrr. I would like to try posting some of my own things for critique since so far I am all talk and no show!
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yes Redhawk we would love to see your work. If you have a digital camera, you can bypass the scanner...
This has been a fun thread, I hope it continues.
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Here is an illustration that I have been working on today. I think I may have the outline too thick. any comments or suggestions from photo shop wizrds (or beginners)would be appreciated. I have Adobe illustration that I haven't attempted, has anyone out there had experience with this program and do you find that it can be learned by playing around or do I need a class? Thanks!!
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