To be honest, I've actually never read the book before this contest! I'm now somewhere in a middle and enjoying it greatly
I’m a picture book illustrator based in Czechia, mom of two 👶, three 🐱 and one 🐶. And I love to bake stuff.
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RE: JULY CONTEST: Design a book cover for the Wizard of Oz
I got published!!! :D
I just wanted to share the big news with someone, I'm so excited! Today I found out, I'm published outside of my home country!
It might look like that's not that important, where a book gets published, but to me it does make a great difference.
In Czech republic, as well as in other small europe countries, the budget for illustrator is usually very small. So to make a living as an illustrator usually means to work super super fast. Lately I've been working on a new illustration style (the Yeti one), but this style takes a lot of time and I know my publisher in Czechia could never pay that money.
Thus, for this year I decided I will finally get me an agent, break through on the US market and gain the time I need to make some great time... And this is much more easier said than done. The las year was very hard for me and this year looks even harder and somewhat the winter depression got into my head... And I somewhat lost the interest in pursuing my goals.
But. Finding out my publisher sold the rights to one of my books to the US market gave me the kick in the but I needed! I'm so happy about these news and I know it might take some time to get on the radar of publishing houses, but I will try.
Thank you for reading this... I'm sorry it's a bit long and that there's not really a climax in this story. I just needed to get it out.
What are your goals for 2021? I'm super curious to hear what all the other fellow illustrators are working on!
Is there someone with a success story? Is it really hard to get noticed outside of your home country?
And hopefully I'll be able to share my steps towards getting an agent and/or getting published on my own outside of my home country in the future.
RE: MARCH CONTEST: Fairy-Tale Traveler
Hi everyone! This month’s prompt was amazing aaand - I just didnt have enough time... so I don’t have a properly finished character sheet. But I have a character and wanted to share with you anyway. Looking forward for the critique arena to see all of your wonderful paintings!
It works! Thanks, svs :)
I've been posting my work on my local Facebook group for illustrators for a long time. But few days ago, I first post an illustration with a comment that I have a project (picture book) ready to be shared with publishers, just a basic announcement... and in an hour or so two publishers (in my country we don't have agents) approached me and asked for the manuscript. That never happened before, when I was only posting illustrations! And I also did not believe people from publishing houses are actually present in those Facebook groups or following my account. But they are. They were just waiting for a project. So - you, guys from SVS, were right. We need to work on projects and be present on social media, so the right people might find our work.
Does anyone of you also have a success story or almost success story (because I have no idea if it actually will be a success story at the end;) to share? Might be great to hear those!!
Ye Ye the Yeti and his home... contest WIP
Sooo... I hope I will finish this one. but we will see.
This prompt gave me an idea of a story about a little kid, raised by a Yetti family. Thus my character design is for both of them - the kid (still not sure about his/her name) and one of the Yettis
RE: Ye Ye the Yeti and his home... contest WIP
Sooo... after drawing like a ton of different houses and cabins, I realised, my Yeti would probably never lived in a house from bricks and stones. He’s a forest creature, from our fluffy and cute bohemian woods, so I’ve came up with all new sketch and designed his home under open sky.
Do you guys have any thoughts/critiques? I’m not entirely sure if It’s according to the rules of this month prompt cause this is not an actual “house” but it is his home ... so maybe it’s ok?
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RE: MAY CONTEST: Fairy Tale Traveler situation
Right? Me too, and I was sooo close, but there was something warmonger with the file and they couldn’t open my image, I was putting lids to sleep, other wise I would be screaming... but it was great learning experience nevertheless.
RE: Short Story: The Puppy Who Lost His Swing
@Michael-Angelo-Go hi, I really hope you won’t feel discouraged by this, but yes, it is too dark.
I mean - the owner is design to look really sinister (Lord Voldemort vibes), other characters are too “adult” (boobs, sexy appearance, flirting, drinking alcohol, etc) and the dog doesn’t look cute, he’s a bit scary looking too.
The illustration is carefully designed, the textures are great, colours amazing, rendering with so many details! I think you are just targeting the wrong market here!
The story it self might work I think but you would have to change a lot. Firstly - the owner should not be neglecting the puppy, more so, he probably should provide some solution for the puppy. In my experience, if you want to go dark with your premise, you have to come up with good ending, solution for the young readers to feel somewhat good about it in the end. No sane parent will buy a book that teaches a kid that when their favourite toy is broken, the cruel parent will toss it in the bin, the end. That’s just wrong. And I don’t think that the endings you wrote above are good either - as a parent I personally would stay away from this story, I’m really sorry.
What if you would step away from the story a bit? I think your style (and taste for storytelling) might really fit in YA! You might be trying too hard to step into a market that you actually don’t want to work In? I m saying so because I my self was in the same position years ago. I was trying to do YA and comic illustrations and I totally sucked. Because I just didn’t fit into the market! Now I’m in picture books and I’m so happy finally finding my voice that actually suits the market I’m targeting. You just might have the same problem here...
Please, take all this as an encouragement. Because you clearly Have a good hand, there’s a lot of potential in your work!️
RE: Short Story: The Puppy Who Lost His Swing
This is difficult... I can see how you had to spend a lot of time on this piece And I really like how you combine the doodely lines with clean tight painting, but I can’t figure out who is your target audience? It seems to dark for kids?
RE: #pitmad #pbpitch feedback thread
Hi! I would like to chime in if that’s ok. I kinda can’t decide what image should I go with and since english is not my first language I’m very unsure of how the pitch sounds like? Does it have clear message and are there too many errors? Any feedback would be much appreciated! Thank you so much!
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RE: Storytelling and Marketing Your Book
@kylebeaudette exactly! I know that feeling very well. When my first picture book got published and I had a reading in our local library, it was like a big friends and family reunion . The few (two, actually) people that came from the street to learn about my book were like hmmm, why do they all know each other... it was a great lesson for me though. And it was fun. I have a big family, so the library was filled to the roof