Carolinas 2023 Fall Retreat

Portfolio Showcase

Hello illustrators!

The Portfolio Showcase is a great opportunity to display your talent. Don’t miss this chance to get your work in front of our retreat faculty!

How to Submit

Anyone attending the Working Retreat is invited to display your images in the showcase. Simply check the Portfolio Showcase box during registration and drop-off your work before dinner on Saturday, Nov 4th, 5:30 pm – 6 pm. Please pick your work up by 9:00 pm.

We look forward to showcasing your work!

Guidelines for the Portfolio Showcase:

DO NOT include original art—the portfolios are meant to be handled and will be displayed during the evening social hour when food and drink may be present. Accidents happen!

Display all work in a portfolio with plastic sleeves-this way, your images are protected and you control the order in which they are seen.

Max size: 18” x 24” and thickness when closed 3”. Remember: your goal is to illustrate for children’s publishing, where the standard page size is 9” x 11”. If you have work that must be seen larger than that to be appreciated, it probably won’t be successful for the market. Most artists work at 150% to 200% of the finished size—if you do, that’s fine, but reduce your portfolio copies to the intended print size before displaying.

Identify yourself! Each page or image should include your name and contact information (email or web URL). Your portfolio MUST include your name and contact information in order to be displayed.

Limit portfolios to 10 images. You can find excellent resources online and in books about children’s publishing to help guide your selection of the types of images to include. The basic rule is to include your very best work and the work you want to be hired to do. Otherwise, please do consider your market. Don’t include “mature” subject matter, anything that would require content warnings, or still lifes, no matter how lovely. You are not only representing your skill, you are representing your point of view and your ability to carry a story.

You may include a book dummy. Make sure your name is clearly displayed. Your dummy MUST be attached in some way to your portfolio. A ribbon sewn or glued into the binding and taped or glued securely to your portfolio works well.

You may choose ONE takeaway to accompany your portfolio like a business card, postcard, or bookmark. NO easels, cardholders, or printed books will be allowed.

Portfolio Showcase Policy

By signing up to participate in the Portfolio Showcase, I agree that the submission of the portfolio is solely my responsibility and I hereby assume all risk of loss, theft, damage, destruction, delay and misdirection. I hereby represent and warrant that I am the sole owner of the portfolio and all copyrights therein and the portfolio does not infringe upon the rights of any third party or entity.

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