Business Cards and promo block

Children's Book Illustration Promotions, Experimental, In my Brain then on to Paper, Life, On my Desk, Work in Progress

I’ve been spending quite a bit of time working on some new business cards and post cards to mail out this fall.  The biggest slow down was my laptop, after five years the battery started acting up.  I now have my new desktop and things are working a lot better, I really like having a work space in the living room where I can sit with the little man while I work.

I have a couple layouts for my cards that I like but I guess I’m having a hard time deciding on one.

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I took what I liked from these thumbnails to create my business cards.

Cardlayout

This was the front and back I originally liked and started working on, the energy in this first version was lost however when I did some further work on it.

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I like the image, but not for my card.  I guess I’m looking for an image that better defines me as an illustrator.  But really until I get something mailed out it doesn’t matter how well defined my designs are, because the point is to get my name and info to the publishers.  So I really just need to make a decision get them printed and send it out.  period.

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Portfolio Site is Active!

On my Desk, Resources

Hey everyone, I’ve been working on it for months with a lot of frustration and heartache and it’s finally done: My Portfolio website!

It features all the best images I’ve been working on over the past couple years organized into the different medium categories.  So pop over and check it out.

Gathering Resources

On my Desk, Resources

I’ve been working on my promotional strategy, and looking up the resources I will need so that I can successfully promote myself to publishers.  The book I got a while ago ‘Breaking into Freelance Illustration the guide for artists, designers and illustrators‘ has been very helpful.  As well as http://escapefromillustrationisland.com/, there are great resources for illustrators who are just starting out, but it also invites you to interact with the rest of the community.   The ability to ask people in my position what they did and how they got to where they are has been invaluable to me.

One book that they recommend for building your mailing list is 2010 Children’s Writer and Illustrators Market, there are publishers lists as well as details about the submissions guidelines and agent contacts as well.  I was wondering how people got the contact information for publishers and art directors specifically until I found the book.

Number One

In my Brain then on to Paper

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I don’t normally express myself in writing but I do need to communicate my thoughts and ideas.  Imagery can be a powerful thing but is often subject to the viewers interpretation.  I’m going to be posting my drawings, paintings and illustration as well as my thoughts on them.  

This will be the tool I use to communicate my process and progress, and hopefully a little self promotion as well.  

I’m moving from my beginnings  as an art student to my temporary career as a coffee shop manager, and now to becoming an illustrator.  It’s been a long time coming and I definitely have a long way to go still but I’m really looking forward to this new chapter in my life.