I worked like crazy to get ready for my portfolio review - 12+ hours a day for a week, and even turning down fun things, like having coffee with Sascha. But it paid off.
I had reviews with 2 people, and
they both went well, but one of them was the best portfolio review I've
ever had! Not only did the AD like my stuff, but...
I made the bulletin board!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
those of you who don't know what I'm talking about, being on the
bulletin board is a huge deal - way better than having your samples on
file. If your postcard is up, all the editors and other ADs can see it
when they walk by. If they are looking for an artist and your art
catches their eye, there's a good chance you could get asked to
illustrate a book!!!!!
But even better than that, we went through
my portfolio and talked about what worked and what didn't work for
children's books, and why. So now I have a direction to go with my art
and 2 styles that work for children's books! It was great to get
concrete answers on my artwork, as I've struggled for a while to find a
style that works with children's books. Yay!!!