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Hi Everyone, 

My name is Ed and I'm new on the boards. I was hoping to get some feedback on my art work. I started creating children's art to decorate my daughter's room after she was born. That was about 3 years ago. Since then I occasionally sell my art at comic conventions and mainstream art shows.

I've always wanted to illustrate children's books and I'm often asked when doing art shows if that's something I do. 

Currently, I'm in the process of trying to do some freelance work if the right project comes along so I'd greatly appreciate any feedback that can make my work better. 

I realize that my biggest problem at the moment is that I don't have a lot of pictures of people or children. I'm very capable  of  drawing people, but haven't drawn a lot of them simply because my kids always want to see animals and dinosaurs! LOL But I will be drawing some for my portfolio very soon! Thanks for any feedback! 

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#1 - January 31, 2013, 11:14 AM

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Hi Ed, welcome to the boards! If you haven't already, you might want to pop over to the Introduce Yourself board http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?board=94.0

Your work is really great! I think my favorite is King Kong as a baby. It seems to be the most like children's book art to me, as it really seems to tell a story in the illustration. If you are looking to build a portfolio for children's books, I'd do more like that one. The hippo cupcake illustration also does this job well, I think.

There are a lot of great threads here on illustrating for children so definitely take the time to look through the illustration board!

#2 - January 31, 2013, 11:53 AM
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Artemesia, thank you for the warm welcome and the kind words! I'm glad I came across this forum : )
#3 - January 31, 2013, 11:21 PM

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Ed, really nice work. Some of your borders and extra touches are brilliant, especially in your Dream Big/King Kong. Love the framed posters on the walls, his dino stuffed animal (Godzilla?) and his sweet expression.

I agree with Artemesia, the hippo illustration is great as well.

If you are wanting to do children's picture books, you might try categorizing your works for presentation or a separate website specific to your children's illustration with a link to your other work.

It was fun perusing through your illustrations . . . your palette for your children's art is wonderful.
#4 - February 01, 2013, 06:24 AM
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Welcome Agile Pig !
I agree with the ladies, the hippo and king kong illustrations are great ! It is especially wonderful that you have your kids' input as it will add that lovely touch of magic to your work.  Good luck with your portfolio.
#5 - February 01, 2013, 07:16 AM

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Thanks a lot, Cynthia and Stacebee! I really appreciate it : )
#6 - February 01, 2013, 08:24 AM

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You have a nice style and a consistent look! Don't draw people if you don't want to do that kind of work, plenty of artists only do animals. I see you are not an SCBWI member. It was the best $70 I ever spent. I learned most of what I needed to know about breaking into children's book illustration from the members and the member-only publications.

One thing you might want to do is create a picture book dummy so a perspective publisher can see how you handle the storytelling and character consistency throughout an entire manuscript. I do sell an ebook with the steps required but don't want to link as an advertisement on the Blue Boards. PM me if you have any questions.
#7 - February 01, 2013, 09:07 AM
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Lyon, Agile Pig wouldn't have PM privileges yet. You might want to PM him and provide another means of contacting you.
#8 - February 01, 2013, 09:10 AM
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Lyon, Agile Pig wouldn't have PM privileges yet. You might want to PM him and provide another means of contacting you.
Oh, duh! Thanks!
#9 - February 01, 2013, 08:36 PM
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Your illustration work is awesome! I like drawing animals too. I feel that you can draw whatever you enjoy. Good work.
#10 - February 07, 2013, 06:36 PM

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Hey there Ed! Nice work. I agree with Cynthia that your color palette is wonderful and would go as far as to say that's probably your strongest asset.

Your artwork is very good as well but as you are asking for (constructive) critiques I'll share what I've noticed. A fairly consistent problem seems to be the hands and feet (far more so on your animals than your humans). Be it proportion, as in the always room for cupcakes piece, or positioning, as in the dancing dinos, my suggestion would be to work on making the appendages appear less awkward. Otherwise you have some good stuff!

For the record, my favorite is the Skull Island Fight Poster. Maybe because I'm weird...
#11 - February 08, 2013, 12:19 AM
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Hey Jeff and Alex, thanks a lot! I'm always open to constructive critiscm and I'd have to agree with you that some of the hands ( and feet, too ) could be formed a little bit better! I'll have to pay more attention to those details in the future.

Alex, I've always been a big fan of boxing and now, MMA and the UFC, so the fight poster is something I just HAD to do. I just had to make sure it was 'kid friendly' and something my kids would approve of! Glad you liked it : )



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#12 - February 11, 2013, 08:35 PM

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