Monday, June 20, 2011

Portfolio Tips: What To Include - by Eliza Wheeler

The 2011 SCBWI Summer Conference is around the corner; time to start honing that portfolio for the showcase! Below, I've listed a few basic guidelines for what you can include. Keep in mind there are exceptions to these rules, but this gives you a basic idea of what's commonly looked for.
  • 12-20 illustrations, suitable for the children's market
  • Scenes that convey a story
  • Color and Black & White work
  • Three or so different scenes that show the same characters (displays your consistency)
  • Characters interacting with each other
  • People of various ages, most importantly children
  • Animal characters
  • Character sketches (optional)
  • Scenes displaying ability to render backgrounds; interior, urban, and rural

What NOT to include:
  • Original artwork
  • A mishmash of styles (if you have two styles, keep them separated into two sections)
  • Unfinished work
  • Editorial work or illustrations not suitable for the children's market (picture books - young adult)
Anyone who can add more to these portfolio tips, please do share in the comment section. Thanks!

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