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Title: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: ladylind on August 22, 2009, 08:01 AM
Hey all,

I'm trying to get a feel for the population in the writer/illustrator species?  On the Who We Are poll, there were a total of 4!  I'm wondering if we are really such a small species, or possibly endangered.  Anybody else out there?

Does anybody have the history on the illustrators section of the BB's, how long has it been a part of this whole scene?

Tally ho.

LL :goat
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on August 22, 2009, 12:32 PM
Mmm. Hmmm. One more in the crowd, the very small crowd on these boards. And I know of a couple of others. One is published and one is working very hard on her craft. (The latter could be having her baby-tho, so she might not check in 'til later.)
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Avalon Ink on August 22, 2009, 01:16 PM
I do both, but not really with each other. I do a lot of freelance commission and design work and would like to branch into childrens and PB art, but my writing is focused on MG and Adult novels
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: ecm on August 22, 2009, 02:14 PM
[Raising hand] Hi, I'm an author/illustrator! Just noticed the poll and filled it out. Ladylind, fyi, this board is, historically, a magnet for writers--more so than illustrators. I think more illustrators hang out at Drawn and Illustration Friday. Just my observation...
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Wendy Martin on August 22, 2009, 07:40 PM
I do both. Together and separately. I have 3 PB which I both wrote and illustrated. One picture book which I illustrated. A PB with an agent waiting to hear back, which I will do both, another picture book due out in 2010 which I will only do the art and an adult non-fiction with an agent waiting to get her revision suggestions. I also have two MG novels in first draft. LOL. And yes, I am certifiably insane.
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: pjlyons on August 22, 2009, 07:52 PM
I do both, too. You can check out my art at

pjlyons.com

pj
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: ladylind on August 23, 2009, 08:51 AM

Wohoo, there are 5 to 7 of us!

Good to know you all and fantastic to hear about your successes too. 
I hadn't heard about Drawn and Illustration Friday.  Are there any writer's in that group?

When I first started to do research, I kept reading that you don't do your own illustrations because the publisher will choose one, so I was tiptoeing around a bit.  But then it looks like agents are looking for writer/illustrators.  So I wondered if that was just a recent phenomenon and what is causing the change AND if writer/illustrators are finding success.

I've got a website I'm finishing up that I would love to have your opinions on.

Thanks for your responses! :cookiemonster

LL
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Stephanie Ruble on August 23, 2009, 07:56 PM
I'm an author/illustrator too!

ecm, do you mean drawn.ca?
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: ecm on August 24, 2009, 02:07 AM
I hadn't heard about Drawn and Illustration Friday.  Are there any writer's in that group?
Hard to tell. Those sites are focused on illustrating.


But then it looks like agents are looking for writer/illustrators.  So I wondered if that was just a recent phenomenon and what is causing the change AND if writer/illustrators are finding success.
Why not pose this question on a separate thread? That way a lot of people can respond and the topic is more easily searchable, etc.
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: janeeeeee on August 24, 2009, 01:17 PM
I do both.
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: ladylind on August 24, 2009, 01:34 PM
Hard to tell. Those sites are focused on illustrating.

Why not pose this question on a separate thread? That way a lot of people can respond and the topic is more easily searchable, etc.

Good Suggestion.  Thanks

LL
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: ecm on August 24, 2009, 02:25 PM
ecm, do you mean drawn.ca?

Yeah, that's the site I meant, Stephanie.  :)
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Wonky on August 24, 2009, 10:31 PM
I am an author/illustrator too. Nothing published yet. Emphasis on yet.
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: innercontent on August 26, 2009, 03:34 AM
Hi,

I`m an illustrator (and would love to write too someday!) I also noticed that there don`t seem to be that many of us on this forum, but I`m not on enough to really know...

Check out my site and blog!

http://www.artbyshiran.com
http://www.artistinjerusalem.blogspot.com

Best,
Shiran
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: laser_braids on August 26, 2009, 06:28 AM
I'm published as an author/illustrator. Sorry, I don't seem to be able to check the board as much as I like. Where is the poll?
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Zuzus Petals on August 26, 2009, 06:59 AM
I am an author/illustrator too. Nothing published yet. Emphasis on yet.

Yep, in the same boat.


Mary
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: ecm on August 26, 2009, 11:46 AM
I'm published as an author/illustrator. Sorry, I don't seem to be able to check the board as much as I like. Where is the poll?

Hm, maybe it's me but.... saying "published author/illustrator" sounds redundant to me. Sorry, Sarah, if it seems I'm picking on you. I'm not trying to... 
:smile

Seems to me, the meaning is changing in the course of this discussion. FWIW, there was a discussion thread on the Blueboards questioning the use of "author" vs. "writer." IMO, it follows suit that when you use the word author, you imply that one is a "published writer," so then "author/illustrator" means you're published as well. Do others have that impression?

ETA: Here's that thread... http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?topic=37044.0
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Stephanie Ruble on August 26, 2009, 01:43 PM
Seems to me, the meaning is changing in the course of this discussion. FWIW, there was a discussion thread on the Blueboards questioning the use of "author" vs. "writer." IMO, it follows suit that when you use the word author, you imply that one is a "published writer," so then "author/illustrator" means you're published as well. Do others have that impression?

I've been trying to stay out of the other thread (although I swear I've commented on it in another thread), but I will say here that I think author is fine to use even if you're not published. Also, some people have different versions of what "published" means, and whether you can truly be published if you don't have a book out.

Can you use illustrator if you're not published, or does it have to be artist? Or can you only be an artist if you've had an art show? I had trouble thinking of myself as an illustrator for a long time, because I was always an artist, but then I realized that in children's books, the work I was trying to do was illustration AND art, so either term would work.

Besides, writer/illustrator just sounds weird to me. Author/illustrator sounds much more natural, so it's what I use. I have been published, both as a writer and an illustrator, but not in a book, unless you count that one anthology, and I don't. I've also had art shows. Even if none of those things were true, I'd be comfortable calling myself (and I did) author/illustrator/writer/artist, etc. I think that everyone else should be able to call themselves whatever they want and feel comfortable with, and if people want to wait to call themselves author until after they're published, then good for them.
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: ladylind on August 26, 2009, 01:52 PM
I apologize.

I'm not published either.  I started this thread with the heading author/illustrator and then started talking about writer/illustrator.  Thanks you ecm for pointing out the discrepency (nice website btw).  Oh words, they're so little, yet mean so much. 

Sruble, I like your perspective on the matter I was wondering about illustrator vs. artist myself.

The poll is at http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?topic=37733.0

Innercontent, your artwork is great!  If you want to write then you should just do it, unlike being an author (lots more work involved), a writer can just pick up a pen and be one.

Hi,

I`m an illustrator (and would love to write too someday!) I also noticed that there don`t seem to be that many of us on this forum, but I`m not on enough to really know...


Thanks for everyone's responses here.  I'm lovin the comraderie.  I got my website up today.  I'd love to get some good critiques from some fellow writer/illustrators.  Feel free to make suggestions about things you think would make it better.

www.MelissaLind.com

LL

Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: laser_braids on August 27, 2009, 06:31 AM
I'm not sure what you were going on about, but to give a longer explanation: I am published as an illustrator, and also as an author/illustrator. Does that make sense? It really doesn't seem worth wasting time fussing about. Thanks for the link to the poll.
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on August 27, 2009, 06:58 AM
In Publisher's and Agent Guidelines, they list: Authori/Illustrator please send dummy packages to:  The terminology for the combo seems to be universal as opposed to Author/Writer only.

But, it's nice to see there are some more here. Our Artemesia may check in too. She just had her baby a couple of days ago. (Maybe a future Author/Illustrator.)
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Stephanie Ruble on August 27, 2009, 07:13 AM
ladylind, just checked out your site. Your illustrations are gorgeous! (pastel? oil pastel?) Can't wait to see more!

The main suggestion I have is that you might want your name on all the pages (even though it's in the url). You could add it to the header or put text in at the top of the page. That way people don't get a few pages in and then forget your name. You might also want to add a © notice to your pages and images. A lot of people add them for online images these days, but some people don't.
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: ladylind on August 27, 2009, 07:32 AM
sruble,

Thanks for checkin' it out, it is a mix of pastel and oil pastel.  Good suggestions.

I started a separate thread http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?topic=38224.0 for web critique so that I don't veer off course here.  I wanted to mention it though cause sometimes things get lost in the webs.

LL

Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: df on September 04, 2009, 03:25 PM
Hi all. I haven't visited here in a while - you can count me in as a published author/illustrator. I'm sure there are more of us out there!
Debbie
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: jlinsky on September 05, 2009, 09:08 AM
I write and illustrate. I'm not published yet. I'm never sure what to call myself...     :eh2

I hear the terms 'published author' and 'unpublished author' quite a bit, so I've always taken that to mean that someone who refers to themselves as an author/illustrator could be either published or unpublished.
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: LauraOP on September 06, 2009, 12:51 PM
I can't see the poll either! But I guess I do both...

Although Illustration is my main passion, I rediscovered my love for writting about a year ago. I have written and illustrated one unpublished book.
I'm also in the beginning stages of creating a dummy and will be submitting it to a UAE based children's publisher. Finger's crossed they'll like the writting and illustration and take the "un" out of published!
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: ladylind on September 15, 2009, 01:32 PM
The poll is still up at http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?topic=37733.0 it is at 199 polls- you could be number 200!!!  What is UAE? 

Glad to see that our numbers are still rising.

ML
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Shadow22 on September 15, 2009, 05:38 PM
Hey, count me in TOO.  I just got published a few months ago. 
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: jamiepogue on September 17, 2009, 08:22 AM
I wouldn't mind being thrown in as an author illustrator...or at least, aspiring.  Currently working on a manuscript as we speak.
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: JoS on September 17, 2009, 08:28 AM
me too!  :paint :writing3
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Headwax on September 23, 2009, 07:25 PM
Add one more unpublished author/illustrator .  (I work with morphed poser figures in the 3d program Carrara . )
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: JoS on September 24, 2009, 06:20 AM
I wouldn't mind being thrown in as an author illustrator...or at least, aspiring.  Currently working on a manuscript as we speak.

I really like your work Jamie. very nice.
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Artemesia on September 25, 2009, 12:51 PM
IOur Artemesia may check in too. She just had her baby a couple of days ago. (Maybe a future Author/Illustrator.)

Here I am!  :moose Checking in as an aspiring author/illustrator!
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: NinjaWoman on October 08, 2009, 01:39 PM
I'm just getting back into checking the boards lately.  But I, too, am an author/illustrator.  I guess I'd better go fill out that poll, huh?
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Abracabarbara on February 09, 2010, 03:57 AM
  :writing3 :paint :yup
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: PDM on February 10, 2010, 07:02 PM
I'm an author/illustrator too. Unsold as far as PBs, but my comic strip is published online and in a few newspapers.
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Dani Duck on February 14, 2010, 07:04 PM
I'm not published yet, but I'm working hard on getting things ready for submission. Put me under the aspiring author/illustrator category.
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Headwax on February 22, 2010, 05:39 PM
Hi Patrick, I like your attitude. Welcome to the forum :)
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: JustWrite on February 22, 2010, 06:18 PM
Count me in, though as a YA writer, it's not exactly a comfortable fit. I did submit a grant proposal through my job for a PB, so we'll see. Maybe I'll be a writer/illustrator for real.
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Dani Duck on February 23, 2010, 12:27 AM
Wiseguy, I read something about Barry Goldblatt once. I can't remember what it was, but I remember after reading it that I really wanted him to be my literary agent. I should see if I still have that whateveritwas.
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: D.Diorio on February 24, 2010, 07:12 AM
Weighing in as an author/illustrator... It seems I am in good company here!

I've had a few of my lessons published after 20 odd years (and I mean, odd!) of teaching art and have published quite a few adult short stories (under a pseudonym). I have been a fine artist who has exhibited in galleries for over 30 years, but this is my first foray into illustration. Trying to break into this field as a second (possibly third) career. Think I lost count... :crazy

Doreen
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Headwax on February 24, 2010, 10:54 PM
nice work on your site. I like your style!
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: D.Diorio on February 25, 2010, 03:11 PM
Thank you, Headwax! I like the painterly feel of your art. That's my inclination. I love paint :paint

nice work on your site. I like your style!
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: caaillustration on March 01, 2010, 02:43 PM
Illustrator, here!!

Though I do have aspirations of one day writing children's books, for now, just an illustrator. This is one of my most recent illustrations.

(https://www.scbwi.org/LiveImage.ashx?width=850&aspect=0&img=Resources/MemberPhotos/2918713825354594/The%20Stone%20Flower%20600%20x%20800%20PXL.jpg)
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: caaillustration on March 03, 2010, 06:47 PM
SYoon, thank you so much! This piece took me about a week and a half to complete. That's my usual - but it also depends on whether I'm really enjoying the piece or dealing with it as a burden... Luckily, I really enjoyed this one!

Thanks again!

Cheryl
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: alliekat on March 17, 2010, 09:41 AM
Watercolor is my first love....writing the second. It's the perfect set of circumstances to develop what I hope will be a new career for me. I have just joined in the past week, and I am looking forward to gleaning all the information I can, and contributing what I know, to this forum.
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Lulu on March 18, 2010, 06:23 PM
Aspiring author/illustrator: check!
Excited to be here: check!
Loves cookies: check!


 :cookiemonster

Hello!
I am brand new here. My username is Lulu after my PB character who is inspired by my daughter.
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Penn Bender on March 22, 2010, 06:50 PM
Count me as another writer/illustrator waiting to be snatched up.
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: virgohokusai on June 14, 2010, 08:13 AM
I write. I illustrate. I am not published, but I'd like to think of myself as a writer/illustrator.
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: TanjaW on June 16, 2010, 03:15 PM
I am a published Illustrator, and an aspiring writer/illustrator with a few projects in progress for publisher submission this year (at last!) that I'm all excited about. :)

- Tanja
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: ladylind on June 17, 2010, 04:05 PM
Congratulations TanjaW, and welcome to the group!
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: xiaotien on June 17, 2010, 04:34 PM
i do both. or will do both. =)

i have a contract with greenwillowbooks to do
a pb with my chinese brush art.

but take it with a grain of salt as i have no previous
experience whatsoever in pb story writing or illustrating.
*gulps* i think we'll get to work after i am done with
sequel revisions for Fury of the Phoenix.

here's a very tiny page on it on my website.

http://cindypon.com/picture-book/
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: WriteOn on June 22, 2010, 10:44 AM
I'm a published author/illustrator. Well, my first book comes out in January and it will be a series. I wrote and illustrated it. Going to what Stephanie said awhile back on the thread, I use the term "artist" when I do gallery or open studio events since "illustrator" at that time doesn't sound right. And for my book, author and artist doesn't seem to go, so it's really interchangable depending on the situation although it pretty much means the same.  

For my book I used just ink (they wanted a more graphic approach to the images). In my actual art (used for galleries and events) I use ink and charcoal. I'm hoping I can use that in future books.
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: AlmaFullerton on July 13, 2010, 02:00 PM
I do both separately for now. But one day I'd like to join them.

Alma
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: DebbieOhi on August 07, 2010, 08:19 PM
I used to consider myself only a writer, but recently started taking my illustration more seriously.

So yes, count me in as a fellow author/illustrator!

Debbie
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on August 07, 2010, 08:33 PM
Debbie,
I love your stray comma comic. :smile Welcome to the Blue Boards.
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: ladylind on October 07, 2010, 12:33 PM
I just counted us up to see where our numbers come in.  We've got 36 artist/author/illustrators out of 1733 members.  This makes us 2% of the population.  That's better than I thought.

Now I'm going to go count up the published vs. unpublished on our list.  See how they weigh in.
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: ladylind on October 07, 2010, 01:13 PM
So that was a little more difficult to ascertain.  But I'm guessing about 10 out of 36, still pretty good.  That comes in at more than .6% of the BB population.  However, the ratio of published to unpublished author/illustrators to writer/illustrators is 27%.  Not bad!  

Keep up the good work W/A/I's!!!!
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: ladylind on October 07, 2010, 01:37 PM
OK y'alls!  I've decided to get scientific. 

Jump over to this fine poll to get the real science rolling:

http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?topic=46397.0
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: kdarby on November 16, 2010, 04:32 PM
I feel like I must have answered this in my previous incarnation.... returning to the board (and the world) after a long time away... Count me too.
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: ladylind on November 23, 2010, 11:28 AM
Welcome Kristen!  Sounds like quite a journey you were on.  Glad you found your way back :)
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: jd hull on January 06, 2011, 06:18 PM
I'm both a writer and an illustrator. I worked as an illustrator for 5 years. I've written mostly short stories and short screenplays. My goal is to write write write this year and create a graphic novel next year.
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: JustWrite on January 06, 2011, 09:51 PM
Hi Edna, old buddy old pal! I'm an agented young adult writer, graphic designer and hope to be illustrator of a picture book I just can't seem to get started on. I'm not worried about the art--I've already done samples--I'm just so stuck about writing the picture book. I know it's weird, but how I'm so intimidated by it!
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: traylorillo on January 09, 2011, 01:02 PM
Hi, I'm a writer/illustrator and have been a graphic designer for 17 years.
Here is my website:

Tami Traylor | Illustration and Design
www.traylorillo.com | tami@traylorillo.com
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on January 09, 2011, 06:24 PM
Welcom Tami. Your work is very lovely. Nice to see you check in.
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: ladylind on January 15, 2011, 08:12 AM
How fun, new people!  Always good to strengthen the AI ranks.  Welcome.

Good luck on your Graphic novel jd hull.  No need to fear JustWrite, you can do it.  Great website Traylorillo.
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: stacebee on January 16, 2011, 08:10 AM
   Hullo ,

  Illustrator and new writer, teetering on the cliff's edge of publishing - getting ready to dive in!   :drowning:   
 
  Feel free to check out my blog (http://byerfire.blogspot.com/)
   
   Thanks for starting this thread !

 
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: ladylind on January 19, 2011, 08:51 AM
Welcome Stacebee,

Fun artwork...I like your house spirit coming out of the wall.  He is mischief all over.  

And the Caribbean!!!  How cool is that?
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: stacebee on January 23, 2011, 03:46 PM
Thanks Ladylind !
 Caribbean culture is chock full of very interesting folklore characters !
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: DDHearn on February 02, 2011, 12:19 PM
I am an author/illustrator with three published books that I both wrote and illustrated.  I have illustrated over 50 published books by other authors as well.  Right now I'm working on a dummy of a story I wrote, hoping to find a home for it soon.  The struggle never ends...

My website is
www.dianedawsonhearn.com
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: pilonsc on February 03, 2011, 05:23 AM
I consider myself a writer / illustrator even though I don’t have any published work under my belt yet.
However I am very optimistic about my current projects. Fingers crossed!!
 :alce: :crossedfingers
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on February 03, 2011, 06:18 AM
Nice to see you check in Diane. Loved looking at your portfolio . . . and accomplishments.

Pilonsc, Welcome. Fingers crossed for your current works too.

 :hairdude
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Julia K. on February 03, 2011, 07:11 AM
Wow- there is like four new post here since the last time I looked- and I checked out the links to your portfolios and wow- nice work! the more illustrator voices on these boards the merrier!!
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Cpm on February 23, 2011, 07:17 AM
Count me in!  :grouphug2
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Traci @ITD on February 24, 2011, 09:47 AM
I'm here too. I have illustrated a picture book that's bee published and I have several picture book mss in various stages, one with a dummy book. Several have been submitted and received nice rejections. Lately I've been focusing on writing MG and YA and doing separate illustrations more for style play and development. I'm hankering to work on another dummy book though. It is such a time consuming process, but I think I'm going to have to dive in and do one soon. I have a PB character that keeps knocking on my brain. He wants to be seen! Most recently, I updated my website to show my latest illustration work. I'm still working on an color illustration for my header that I'll be putting up next week.

Keep on writing and painting ya'll! And don't forget to enjoy the process. :D
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Christine Mix on March 10, 2011, 11:56 AM
Hi all, I'm chiming in as a published illustrator/author - so count me in too!    So far I've illustrated one children's book, for grades 5-8, Write Out of the Oven!,  published by Teacher Ideas Press/Greenwood Publishing in 2005 and have one short story published in Chicken Soup for the Child's Soul, titled, Standing Up, published in 2007.   There's more info. and a full portfolio on my website, blog and facebook page, so feel free to check it out.    I'm currently working on a couple of PB's and totally re-vamping my website.   Happy drawing and writing to all!   :paint
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Nita9 on March 14, 2011, 08:06 PM
I do both too, and love it. Best of both worlds!

www.anitavalleart.com (http://www.anitavalleart.com)

Anita
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Heather Hatch on May 29, 2011, 10:42 PM
Putting my name on the list.

Yes, I am.  I majored in children's illustration but moved away from doing both words and pics for a time. My writing was initially stronger than my art. It met with quicker success. But I unintentionally moved away from the work, figuratively and literally by changing my sketching/painting habits, one evening, one early morning, one playground Saturday at a time.

 I missed the creative work and challenge.   I'm writing again and plan to slowly phase in new portfolio and illustration projects. Consistency over Quantity right now. Solid baby steps straight forward.

 I don't want to illustrate everything I write, myself, though.  Sometimes my book subjects are outside my favorite drawing niches.... like cars. Old cars are ok. New?  A  whole bookful? Boor-ring.There is going to be someone better. But pre-Henry Ford history?  Ahhh. I also like nature and conservation subjects, folktales and doing whole packages for the very young.
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: maxi on May 30, 2011, 07:23 AM
Hello - I'm an author/illustrator too. I've just signed with an agent after submitting my first book dummy.

I've worked in editorial and advertising (both illustration) but have spent the last couple of years portfolio building. I never planned to 'write' but stories started to appear in my head whilst I was sketching characters and I recently started writing them down.

In terms of the author/illustrator title, I am an illustrator because I illustrate (not because I'm published) - I would think it was odd to hear an unpublished illustrator call themselves an 'artist'. Illustrators and artists are different roles x
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: maxi on June 01, 2011, 09:48 AM
Just found this video - the difference between writer/author - thought it might interest some of you if I posted it :) x

http://www.linkedin.com/news?viewArticle=&articleID=492987584&gid=1851208&type=member&item=51910589&articleURL=http%3A%2F%2Fbit%2Ely%2Fmindset2&urlhash=PDWT
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: ladylind on June 13, 2011, 06:22 AM
Welcome Maxi and Nita9!!!

Congratulations on signing with your agent Maxi.  BRAVO!  And cheers to stories appearing in your head, sounds familiar;)
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: T Howell on June 14, 2011, 12:01 PM
I'm raising both hands; that's why I named my website studioambidextrous. But occasionally I draw on the wrong side of the brain.

http://www.troyhowellstudio.com/
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Eric Hammond on June 14, 2011, 12:16 PM
Hand up.

 - Eric
 
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: Debbie Ridpath Ohi on October 10, 2011, 01:44 PM
I'm an author & illustrator! Illustrating a picture book now for Simon & Schuster, working on my own picture books to submit as well as a YA novel.

Debbie
Title: Re: Author/Illustrator raise your hand
Post by: skate on November 06, 2011, 06:16 AM
I'm a writer/illustrator too, but only in the self-published world. Does that count? I haven't actually illustrated my own books because they're for older kids, but I've been doing a few covers lately, including my own.