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RE: Support Group for Those Trying to Juggle it All
Oh, my friends, this is a difficult club to belong to!
I still struggle with this so much, both my kids are special needs and especially when I was a single Mom with my oldest who had the most sensory struggles when she was little- I cried so much because nobody could relate to how difficult it was. I felt like most people assumed I was "doing it wrong" either as a parent or regards to the system.
It's a little easier now that I've been doing it for over a decade, but when I easily lose an entire day because a sock is wrong- there's a part of me that has a pity party thinking I'll never get there because I can't put in the time that other artists can.
I always wanted people to be able to relate to that more, but not like this!!
I see you all, you are doing great, and it gets better!!
RE: How sad of an image is TOO sad?
@Frost-Drive I think as long as there is appropriate motivation for the emotion, this is a theme that is actually encouraged lately in portfolios. When I went to the new england scbwi conference last... well last time there was a physical one? lol... one big feedback was that they are tired of seeing only happy children in portfolios.
Yeti home sweet home, okay so far?
I meant to ask for help in the beginning stages but after I scrapped my first one I just really got into it and didn't want to stop drawing. Any critiques on this one as I go? I wasn't quite sure how to make the chimney fit in so I made it like a bendy straw. I'm a new member so I didn't have a yeti, but mine is kind of a big fuzzy bean that wears long johns underneath ice cube overalls and raises goats in the mountains. I was inspired by Candy Land, Care Bears, and this absolutely ethereal unicorn sticker book I had in the 80's.
Does lettering and color go into your graphic novel pitch if YOU don't want to do it?
I'm wrapping up a graphic novel pitch that I think I will have done in time for #pitmad March 4. My sample pages are all uncolored though with no text. I've been reaching out to some colorists and letterers, I'm willing to pay the money to have these sample pages done if necessary for overall pitching to agents. I don't want to do them myself because #1 I'm not that great at either and #2 I don't think I could do all of it for a full graphic novel in the timeframes that publishers want.
Getting those responses and having the work actually done though is a bit like herding cats when you aren't used to it or established in any way. I had a letterer lined up that I really liked but I told him I wanted to redo my sample pages first and in between that time he deleted his Twitter and isn't responding to emails
I guess graphic novels are still so new to the mainstream industry that research I've done into pitch packages to answer this question have been all over the place. Some have told me no, others have told me the sample pages are confusing without text.
Latest posts made by HeatherBouteneff
RE: Editing my website portfolio + should I send these old postcards?
@mollylgm That is a good strategy! I need to look into paid portfolio reviews, I've had one at a conference before but I don't know where to find one in the wild.
RE: Editing my website portfolio + should I send these old postcards?
@Melissa-Bailey-0 thank you Melissa! It's hard to know what are my strongest pieces, but I think I can at least go by which people respond to the most. There are a few things in my portfolio that I think the style is wrong but I still really like the idea of like the grocery cat and the yellow dog in the mud, I think I'm going to redo the ones like that and trim the extra.
I did learn a bit by the nescbwi last year, the thing people liked the best was the alligator and flamingo but that was a style that I really don't enjoy doing all that much LOL. Or it may be flamingos because 13 years ago I had a slapdash flamingo ink drawing in my portfolio and that was the one the art directors liked. What the heck. It's a weird thing like with baking, when people's favorite is the thing I spent the least time on it is annoying- but it's a good lesson too!
Editing my website portfolio + should I send these old postcards?
I am trying to decide what to do on my portfolio, after listening to more of the podcasts about not showing art "just because" I really want to show my best ones. Right now I have two sections- illustration and sketchbook, and I'm even second guessing if I shouldn't move 1 or 2 from sketchbook into illustration. Or if it is all bad! www.heatherbouteneff.com
My top 4 in my illustration website are the ones I have done since I got an ipad vs a non cintiq wacom and I think they are a lot better.
But I also have a few hundred postcards that I printed before all this- the red coat wolf, bog sweet bog, herding cows. All of them have the giraffe in jams on the other side. Are these good enough to send?
I feel like I'm at this weird halfway crossroads point- I'm probably not good enough to go pro yet but I feel like I should be able to do something with art to be able to at least make some money. I have had some friends and friends of friends contact me about books they are thinking of self publishing so maybe I need to look into Upwork.
RE: Dummy & process for a WORDLESS GRAPHIC NOVEL
Preface by saying I am not an expert!! But I have been reading up on this and working on a dummy myself. It does have some wordless pages. Formatting this into dummy script was the most annoying part because it's the least "fun" but it's better than having to mock up an entire book. There are a few ways to do this apparently so it's malleable, this is how I did mine:
Page 1/ Chapter 1
A sundog, newly rolls off of a cloud, tumbling head over heels through the sky
A sun puppy, with reflections of gold and rainbow, he plays in the sky, becoming more puppy-like and less cloudy.
King Finvarra smiles at the sky. He holds a bound book and walks to sit under the tree of knowledge.
The tree is large and the sunlight under it is dappled and sparkling. He seems patient, old, and wise with intricate faerie wings and a crown inspired by spring branches.
Finvarra settles in under the tree and opens the book. The book is blank. An inkwell and quill appear in mid-air next to the book and King Finvarra dips the quill and writes “Once upon a time...”
I should maybe be going in to even more detail per panel but I am honestly hoping to get more feedback about it once I start querying it. I have 50 pages done per panel and page like this with the rest of the book in a synopsis.
Another note I heard from Kids Comics Unite is that Dark Horse has a good method for this https://www.darkhorse.com/Help/FAQ/submissions check the sample script link
I love wordless graphic novels and I wish they were around more or I had thought of them when I was a kid trying to get my reluctant reader brother to like books.
RE: Congratulations Xin Li for Winning the SCBWI Winter Portfolio Showcase 2021!
Well deserved! Congratulations!!
RE: Feedback on wip western magic
@Morten-Christiansen you're totally right, I had to go a little too far in the opposite way to fix it but I had trouble resizing it to the exact size I wanted. Noob problem! >< I put the most recent one on my twitter header https://twitter.com/hbouteneff