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Printed Portfolio for SCBWI Conference

I recently attended an SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Conference in Austin, where I had the opportunity to receive a portfolio review from Kristen Nobles, the art director of Candlewick Publishing.

I spent a month preparing my portfolio, if you are interested in tips on how to put a printed portfolio together I wrote a blog post on that previously, you can find it here: The Printed Portfolio Book.

SCBWI has size restrictions to the portfolios, which I only just discovered a few days before the end. So my fancy 11″ x 17″ Pina Zangaro screw post portfolio was out of the running, thankfully a nearby hobby store had a simple 12″ x 12″ black screw post scrap book albums I could use instead.

I like the screw post format because the final portfolio looks similar to a bound book. I avoid using sleeves because of the light glare that comes off the plastic and just insert my printed pages directly into the album.

I was thrown for a loop when it was review time. In my previous portfolio review experiences the art directors have looked through my portfolio and then given me their opinion afterwards, however Kristen asked me to flip through it and tell her about the images.

[blockquote text=”Lesson learned: Be prepared to speak about your illustrations and story is key, illustrations that has a story resonate more. ” show_quote_icon=”yes”]

The piece that resonated with her the most was The African Unicorn because of the story it comes with. We all connect to stories, so having a story behind your artwork beyond “it looks pretty!” can really help to set the artwork apart.

I invite you to a look through the portfolio I showed at the conference, simply click the arrows on the left and right on top of the images to flip through.

By | 2016-05-21T15:21:58+00:00 May 21st, 2016|Art Marketing, Conventions & Shows|0 Comments

About the Author:

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.

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