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Illustrator's Studio => Graphic Novels => Topic started by: A. S. Templeton on November 21, 2021, 03:02 PM

Title: Focused resources for finding an artist for graphic novel
Post by: A. S. Templeton on November 21, 2021, 03:02 PM
It is proving very difficult to find an illustrator for my graphic novel script. The usual artist portfolio sites e.g. behance, globalcomix, and deviantart are seething oceans of thumbnails, with search tools either nonexistent or mostly ineffective at narrowing down searches for candidates. My eyeballs are hanging from their sockets from scrolling through seemingly endless superhero fanart, all-looks-the-same mangastyle, and quite a bit of squicky stuff that borders on NSFW.

I have posted an open query on the KidLitGN FB group and sent out a few queries via behance messaging, but I feel sure that I am missing out on 99.99% of otherwise suitable artist needles in miles-high haystacks of online portfolios.

Anyone have tips on finding kid-friendly illustrators for my GN?
Title: Re: Focused resources for finding an artist for graphic novel
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on November 21, 2021, 06:07 PM
Have you looked at SCBWI's Illustrator Gallery: https://www.scbwi.org/illustrator-gallery/? At least that site will have people intending work for children.

Title: Re: Focused resources for finding an artist for graphic novel
Post by: christripp on November 22, 2021, 03:40 AM
https://childrensillustrators.com is a top notch Kid Lit Illustrators portfolio site.
Title: Re: Focused resources for finding an artist for graphic novel
Post by: maya-lemaitre on November 22, 2021, 07:25 AM
You could try searching through some hashtags on Instagram and Twitter. Some of these would work: #kidlitcomics, #kidlitcartoonist, #kidlitgn and #kidlitgraphicnovel.

I'll also throw my hat into the ring- I'm an illustrator, and I have several years' experience illustrating and writing a comic for a middle grade audience. You're welcome to take a look at my website, linked in my signature below!