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I love this! Check out these illustrated envelopes that the editor at Andersen Press has received over the years. I love that he's kept them all.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/childrens-books-site/gallery/2011/apr/21/illustrated-envelopes-posy-simmonds-axel-scheffler-tony-ross-david-mckee#/?picture=373125672&index=0

Kind of makes me wonder whether I should've sent out all those subs to editors/agents with rainbow-coloured perfume-scented filled-with-glittery-stars envelopes... he he he.
#1 - April 21, 2011, 05:33 PM

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Wow, those are amazing! Thanks for sharing. :whitebunny
#2 - April 21, 2011, 05:43 PM
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Oh my gosh, those are so neat!  It never occurred to me that someone would illustrate an envelope, but the final results are so clever and beautiful!  Thanks for sharing!
#3 - April 21, 2011, 05:45 PM
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What a neat collection. I don't think I could throw them out either.
#4 - April 21, 2011, 05:56 PM

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Thanks for sharing the link.  :wow
#5 - April 21, 2011, 06:23 PM

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How cool!
#6 - April 21, 2011, 06:26 PM

I love these.  When I was away at college my brother would illustrate the envelopes when he would send me a letter and I thought what a cool idea, why didn't I ever think of that?
#7 - April 21, 2011, 06:48 PM

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That was so cool! *AND* it actually helped me figure something out that my daughter asked me recently, so double-thanks! She saw an animated show of Frog and Friends last week, and her class has been reading the books all year in school, so she recognized it. I couldn't figure out the name of the series - but the artist (Max Velthuijs) was one of the featured artists in the slide show. Very cool! Thanks!
#8 - April 22, 2011, 12:51 AM
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Those are beautiful!! I love the work of both Posy Simmonds and Max Velthjuis--and Axel Scheffler as well. Thanks for sharing!
#9 - April 22, 2011, 06:10 AM

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I really enjoyed these. W-O-W.

I'm not an illustrator, but think of all the how-to books that admonish artists  NOT to do this, because it  conveys an unprofessional appearance.

And now look at what a wealth of original art he got to have and to hold!
#10 - April 22, 2011, 08:59 AM
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Those are really cool! Thanks for sharing :)
#11 - April 22, 2011, 09:09 AM
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217mom, I know illustrators are told not to illustrate on the cover letter, but to me the envelope is like sending in a postcard. These are certainly beautiful. I may have missed it in the post, but are these original pieces painted directly on the envelope, or do you think the artists printed the envelopes? I wouldn't think envelope paper would take paint well.

thanks for sharing this, Siski!
#12 - April 22, 2011, 11:26 AM
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From what I gathered, these are from artists who were already working with the editor... not from first submissions. That's how I read it. You're right about envelope paper, Arty... Some definitely look painted on, in fact there's only one that looks as though it might be printed (the one with the girl on the cloud?). I wonder...
#13 - April 22, 2011, 12:25 PM

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I'm surprised this is acceptable. Isn't this the art equivalent of a writer using a letterhead with cutesy bunny illustrations or a computer in their letterhead to show that he/she is a kids' writer?

#14 - April 22, 2011, 12:38 PM
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Owl, I don't think it's the same as a writer using clip art, since this is the illustrator's own work and it's the work they are trying to get noticed. (JMHO) I do think it's more like the sample postcards a lot of illustrators send to art directors. ADs keep postcards they like on file. I don't think an envelope would be as practical anymore, since it's expected for illustrators to have an online portfolio now. You'd put website info on the back of the postcard. I don't really see a reason to send a cover letter or resume inside an envelope since most subs are done by email. It is still common to send art sample postcards, and if they like the postcard, it'll direct them to the illustrator's site where they can see their credentials and portfolio.
#15 - April 22, 2011, 01:08 PM
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I missed the sidebar which says how Andersen Press got the envelopes. One of their artists found a book of illustrated envelopes by a French artist, and he did a few himself and they were displayed in Flugge's office. This inspired other artists that worked with the publisher to send in their own. So Siski you were right, these weren't submissions. But what a great collection to have!!
#16 - April 22, 2011, 01:20 PM
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Thank you for sharing that, it's so great !
also those illustrators were already published,
it's a good and original idea for us when we send our submissions.
#17 - June 11, 2011, 12:33 AM

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