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Illustrating / Re: Tips for photographing/scanning artwork?
« Last post by karen-b-jones on July 11, 2019, 02:17 PM »
By "up the dpi" do you mean you resized it larger than the original photo?  You can get away with that for low-res images for the web, but it's a really bad idea to do for samples you're planning to print.  And even for the web, I'd be careful.  The reason is that you can't up the resolution and maintain quality.  If try, you lose clarity.  The photo gets blurrier or more pixelated (depending on what enlargement method you use).  You will lose your sharp lines and it won't print clearly anymore.  You can pretty much always reduce an image, but enlarging is a bad idea, particularly for samples meant to show your artwork at its best. 
Thanks, Vonna! This sounds like a really great series. Do you know if the video will be available later if you can't watch it live? It usually is, but didn't see that info.
Illustrating / Re: Formatting questions for submitting illustrations
« Last post by salskins on July 11, 2019, 02:54 AM »
Thanks so much everybody - incredibly helpful :)
Illustrating / Re: Tips for photographing/scanning artwork?
« Last post by jen-seggio on July 10, 2019, 09:01 PM »
Thank you!
Since this is historical fiction, I'd submit the entire package. Manuscript, back matter, sources and do mention that you have access to original photos, etc. in your cover letter. Sounds like a neat project! Good luck with it.
Write it, but don't submit it with the book. Include a mention that information on the true story is available for back matter in your cover letter. It's also a good idea to mention your sources somewhere if it can be done simply.
Illustrating / Re: Tips for photographing/scanning artwork?
« Last post by olmue on July 10, 2019, 12:31 PM »
I agree that a flatbed scanner would be faster and easier, but I have to hand it to you, the elephant on the beach turned out really nice. Whatever you did seems to have worked. :)
I'm writing (and illustrating) a picture book inspired by a funny true story that happened in my community little over 100 years ago involving an escaped circus elephant, though in order to appeal to a wider market I've made some minor changes that have it lean closer to historical fiction (the elephant in this story talks and communicates with the people she meets). The manuscript and book dummy is complete, but I'm wondering if I should write up an afterword detailing the real events the story is based on. I found several published articles and some photographs from back in the day surrounding what happened that back it up. I ask because I've seen plenty of historical picture books that end with this inclusion. It could be neat, but I also don't want to drag out the book either.
Illustrating / Re: Tips for photographing/scanning artwork?
« Last post by jen-seggio on July 10, 2019, 10:03 AM »
I tried taking pictures of them with a family member's phone using as much natural lighting - one up on the wall in a room with plenty of windows, one outside - and they came out surprisingly good. All I had to do was to crop it, up the dpi and make some minor photoshop adjustments for the picture took indoors. The phone had a great natural lighting setting that helped capture a lot of detail.

I'd like to share how they came out, but the size is too big. I did include one of them in my portfolio, so here's a link (it's the colored pencil one of the elephant stepping out on to the beach):
Illustrating / Re: Formatting questions for submitting illustrations
« Last post by Cynthia Kremsner on July 10, 2019, 09:33 AM »
A bit over a decade ago, one could submit two to three full color images without a dummy.  However, with the ease of electronically submitting, there is also a lot more competition, so I always recommend someone ready a full dummy, which is what yours appears to be.  It should be black and white with two to three full color images to show your palette and capabilities, while showing them it's not set in stone and you are open for their art notes.

As illustrators, we all work a bit differently with medium and size. The commonality would be the final size of the fully scanned and readied images. For myself, I work large and reduce down.  It's where my skills are the most comfortable. I usually illustrate a full spread on one piece of watercolor paper, but there has been an occasion or two when I've used two pieces and merged them to make one in Photoshop. The caution would be not to let anything important fall in the gutter. If it's the wing of an airplane  or a tree limb stretching across the pages, extend it a bit as there will be some loss of length and make sure it's not detailed too much or patterned as important imagery could get lost.  I've varied images at times, having a slim rectangular lengthwise vignette on the far left, combined with a shortened spread that still goes across both pages but allows the space to accommodate the vignette, all in one spread.

Some publishers are more flexible with final dimensions whereas others will only accept 8.5 x 11. My last contract is with such a publisher, but the 11." dimension is on the horizontal in this one, so they do flip the images.

Good luck on your submission.

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