Some exciting things are happening soon.
One of those being that I have signed-up, registered, and paid for a three day children’s book writers/illustrators retreat with SCBWI.
That happens in June.
Three days on Rottnest Island with children’s book writers and illustrators, I can’t even imagine the kind of fun (maybe chaos) a room full of people like this could create but I’m looking forward to it. Very much.
Thing is though, I have also signed up for a portfolio review on this retreat, by some fairly significant people in the industry too, and…I don’t yet have a portfolio!! Sure, I have my graphic design portfolio but, A) It’s probably a little old now and, B) It’s not really relevant, so scrap that. And sure, I have 365 illustrations I could pop into plastic sleeves and call a portfolio but, maybe only a very very small handful of those are actually even slightly near good enough for this kind of level. Nope, work now has to be great!
A bit of pressure.
Ok. Feeling some pressure!
But heads down, bums up and lets get stuff done.
What I’ve decided to do is start by going back through my Moleskine and picking out sketches that have potential, then basically, I’m just going to make them lovely…I hope.
Also, tonight I am making a chocolate, salted caramel birthday cake – unrelated but hey… CHOCOLATE and SALTED CARAMEL in a CAKE!
If it turns out good expect pictures and a recipe tomorrow.
In the meantime, here’s my first “folio piece”…? Maybe? I think it could be.
I redrew and reworked and recoloured this one and I think I like it, I think it feels very children’s bookish.
(click on it to enlarge it, if you want)
You’ve seen something similar before, if you’ve been following my 365 project, but that was a quick, done-in-a-day version. This one I’ve been working on for three days and I’ve added all sorts of bits and pieces. Also, the previous version was all coloured digitally, this time around I hand painted most of it.
It’s amazing how many bits of paper it takes to make just one picture… ALL THESE!
Anyway, my first finished piece! What do you think of it…?