As You Wish…
Happy 2014, everyone! It’s that time of year again. That time when we all resolve with great intention to organize the house/lose the weight/run that marathon/kick that bad habit/save up for that thing we’ve been wanting……and a few months later lose motivation because we just don’t seem to be getting anywhere. The same can be said for the business of children’s illustration. An artist can jump into the industry with the best of hopes, but become discouraged when those hopes don’t become reality.
So, how can we illustrators push our art and our careers to the next level in ways that yield results? It comes down to setting the right goals. Goals such as “I will get published this year” or “I will get that trade book” or “I will win that award” aren’t goals that we can actually do anything about. We can’t make our favorite publishers hire us, and we can’t make that committee give us that award. However, we can set realistic goals for ourselves that can make our art more competitive in the marketplace. I recommend identifying 2-3 goals for your ARTWORK, and 2-3 goals for your BUSINESS.
We’ve all done it. We’ve gone into libraries and book stores, browsed the shelves of new children’s books, and sighed, “I wish my art was as good as insert-name-of-fabulous-artist-here.” In fact, most of us have several illustrators that we admire, usually for different reasons. This is informative! We can look at the artists that inspire us, evaluate our own portfolios, and make a wish list. Continue reading