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I was wondering - for the Winter Conference, is it okay to have 10 or so full illustrations in your portfolio, and then, at the end, maybe 1-2 "sketchbook style" pages filled with many small sketches of various characters/creatures? I know that some recruiters for other careers in the art industry encourage you to do that sort of thing, but I wasn't sure whether it was undesirable in a children's book portfolio?
#1 - December 03, 2014, 03:23 PM

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Yes, you can do sketches in your portfolio. If they go with any of the finished pieces, I'd put them in the same section, so people can see your process. Make sure the sketches show your best work though and they can see how you might have gone from sketch to final. If it's wildly different, I'm not sure it would be helpful and might be better to leave them out.

Note: I just started doing this in my portfolio a year or so ago and have gotten good reactions from it. When I revamped my website recently, I put up a couple examples of this. If you're curious, here are a few links:

http://sruble.com/sketch12.html

http://sruble.com/sketch09.html

http://sruble.com/portfolio05.html (this one is mirrored on both sketch and portfolio pages)

http://sruble.com/sketch08.html (this one is a sketch, with links to the portfolio images it inspired, which are here http://sruble.com/portfolio07.html)

Hope that's not too much information! Sometimes it helps me to see what other people have done.

Good luck deciding what to put in your portfolio! (always a hard decision for me)
#2 - December 04, 2014, 08:59 AM
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Thanks, Stephanie! That helped a lot toward my decision  :yup
#3 - December 04, 2014, 04:09 PM

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Yay! Happy it helped :yup
#4 - December 04, 2014, 06:26 PM
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Can you post a picture of what your portfolio looks like? Is it in a binder? I have no idea what to do for presentation. Thanks in advance!
#5 - December 14, 2014, 03:26 PM
CAPTAIN CRAB'S ABC (in the submission process)
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Juana Martinez had an excellent post about this a while back. Let me see if I can find it ... *searches*

Found it!

http://juanamartinezneal.com/blog/2013/05/14/how-to-put-a-childrens-illustrator-portfolio-together/
#6 - December 17, 2014, 07:41 AM
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ooh, that's a great post Stephanie! thanks for sharing! I'm going to steal the link and make a sticky. Portfolio questions come up a lot!
#7 - December 17, 2014, 08:48 AM
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Thank you so much, Stephanie!
#8 - December 17, 2014, 09:20 AM
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Thanks,
the link about portfolios is great. Very useful.
Paul
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