Saturday, January 28, 2012

Cathy Goldsmith: Picture Books for Illustrators

Cathy Goldsmith delighted session attendees with a multi-page handout outlining the key steps an illustrator goes through in their career, from submitting portfolios to going on a book tour. Here's a sneak at a point from each section:

Making portfolios (front load your portfolio with your best work!)
Starting to work on a picture book (ask about what type of binding will be used or whether you'll have illustrated endpapers!)
Considerations while working on a picture book (don't forget the gutter!)
Process (how many rounds of sketches will you need to get to final art?)
After publication (you might be asked to do additional artwork for print or online ads, be ready and willing!)

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