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!