Pick an example of your art for your next postcard mailer or portfolio – and see if the Girllustrators agree with you. That's your illustration art prompt (and quest, should you choose to participate) for the grand finale workshop (#5) in our workshop series, Going from Good to Great with the Girllustrators.
Led this time by illustrator, designer, writer and graphic novelist Rivkah La Fille, the Girllustrator panel will pick 10 submissions from the shared folder.
"Choose one piece that you'd present...It can be one you've already created. [Or]It can be a new piece." Rivkah says.
They'll critique on not just the merits of each piece as an illustration, but its fitness for the genre or market it's intended for, she says.
Deadline to turn in your piece for the Oct. 20 live workshop: End of day Wednesday, October 17.
The workshop will include a common sense, collective Q&A with the Girllustrators panel led by Rivkah on 'best self promotion tactics' for illustrators – for postcard mailings, blogs, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and advice on 'how to be' with with agents, editors and art directors at a conference.
They'll weigh costs versus benefits of sharing your artwork and yourself on social media, 'group branding' and more.
With Girllustrator Shelley Ann Jackson who heads the children's book illustration department at Cambridge School of Art in Cambridge England they'll debate the merits of college and community art classes and the question, 'is art school really necessary?'
Registering for October's workshop brings you the replays of all the previous critique workshops in the series, like August's when Girllustrator Vanessa Roeder shared how her sketchbook doodle became a picture book proposal that led to a publisher's auction and a two book contract, beginning with Lucy and the String, brought out by Dial this summer.
In September we enjoyed a two-hour sit down with Vanessa's agent, Writers House Agency's Rebecca Sherman who shared how she worked with Vanessa to get her picture book ready to pitch so that it resulted in the New York 'bidding war.'
In July the Girllustrators shared their process for evaluating their own and each other's work while keeping their friendships healthy, how they work together as a group, productive critique skills and how to critique yourself.
In June the Girllustrators introduced themselves in their first workshop and showed how they brought some of their own ideas to effective realization and life. With the art prompt of light, they explored the wellspring of Inspiration – where to find it, how to keep it. How to generate ideas for bold concepts and new techniques to try.
In three of the workshops, Girllustrators examined pieces from the class as if they were critiquing each other in one of their monthly meeting huddles in Austin, Texas.
In the fourth workshop, agent Rebecca Sherman picked ten pieces to review as if she was looking at submissions in her agency office on West 26th Street in Manhattan.
Register for the final workshop in the series in this month and get all of the series replays, too: Collective smarts and wisdom from illustrators who have received national recognition for their art, illustrated and written books and graphic novels, created hit picture book series and even worked on PBS kids' shows.
Art by Girllustrator Patrice Barton
Art by Christine Mix
Girllustrator Vanessa Roeder with her characters
for Lucy and the String (Dial - Simon & Schuster)
Rebecca Sherman, Writers House Literary Agency