Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Happy news, and Prepare for IF (illustrationfriday.com)

"We must prepare for Sarah's Birthday Party!"
The final illustration, with added doggies, and antagonistic cat above...per Bernadettte..great idea!!
Here's the sketch I originally sent for review.
Late last year, I was busy sketching and painting new illustrations all to prepare for my online portfolio debut. I am SO very happy to finally announce that I have a wonderful Artist Representative, Bernadette Szost of Portfolio Solutions LLC.

I am very excited about starting this brand new year off working with Bernadette and her wonderful team (Laura & Nina). While solidifying our contract, Bernadette felt that I could add a few more portfolio pieces which show interaction between characters, more expressions, and above all, detail, detail, detail. I immediately worked on sketches and more sketches and provided roughs for her to review. She came back with fantastic suggestions on how to improve the work. I have been so very impressed with her professionalism, expertise, and enthusiasm! She has been working in the field for many years, and in the 90's started her own company and has worked with wonderful artists and clients ever since. I am very honored to be amongst such wonderful company!

Here are some of the final illustrations (as well as the sketches I initially sent for review) that I've prepared for my online portfolio at the site....I had a great time working on them and this surely challenged me (timing of pieces). Thanks for your visit!! I appreciate it very much..I am off to visit all of you now too. : )  

27 comments:

  1. Great work!! I could only wish to have that kind of artistic talent. :) :)

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  2. All your illustrations are really cute! I would love to sit on the tree house which you make for 'Prepare' :)

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  3. Aaah congratulations, dearest Shirley. I definitely relate to the mother and daughter illustration!!! Their faces are so lovable. I hope the online portfolio brings many happy wonderful returns!!! Tsup!

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  4. Your sketch is very close to the final process, I love the scenes, very sweets. My best wishes for you this new years.

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  5. Definitely, I do not know why, but with your artwork, you transmit me "Magic"

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  6. Shirley wooohoooo! That's brill, awesome news and so happy for you. Your portfolio looks great too, I've checked it out immediately :) May I say my fave piece is right here this one of Monsieur Olivet on his bike, I love the perspective in that one! I know your yr will be just filled with some superb projects and really looking forward to seeing what you do :) xox

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  7. Congratulation Shirley on your new portfolio representation. I absolutely love your illustration of the super cute mouse doing his french bread delivery, amazing!

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  8. Shirley!!!! Your illos are amazing and I am so THRILLED for you. Congratulations. What wonderful and exciting news.

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  9. Congrats! Your portfolio pieces look wonderful, and I really enjoyed seeing the sketches, too. :)

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  10. Your paintings are so, so adorable! I'm really enjoying looking through your portfolio site. And how cool that you have such a great artist representative. Being new to this world of kids' illustrations, I am already learning a ton just from this one blog post. Paint details, character interaction, and expression... okay! Hehe, thanks for sharing.

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  11. Congrats again Shirley!!! Way to go!!!!

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  12. Oh, SHIRLEY! These are incredible! Oh my goodness, I thought your works were gorgeous before, but the level of detail in your latest pieces blows me away! These are truly enchanting and engaging. I so wish I could eavesdrop on the party planning. Is that an awesome treehouse or what??? And the pie making gives me a very loving, warm, cinnamon-and-butter feeling. Oh, and of course Monsieur! I adore all the detail of the storefronts. These are stunning. And WOOOOHOO, girl! Congratulations on being represented! That is fabulous news! Your online portfolio looks GREAT! xoxo

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  13. Shirley, with every illustration of yours I see I'm blown away! You have this amazing talent! Incredible! Each piece has so much character and the doggies in the first illustration, just sitting in wait, look so real! I love the mischievous kitty and the mice scene is just fantastic! As you can see by my use of exclamation points, I just love your work! :)

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  14. Fantastic illustrations! I love the level of detail in the French mice one (I see macarons in the window! Mmm). And I also can't stop admiring your banner with the cozy tea time penguins - so cute!

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  15. Well this is just wonderfully zigfliferouslie amazinklyfanza gloriouso! Yes words escape me so I had to make some more up. :) Shirley, this is wonderful news, but I must say that you thoroughly deserve it. There's not many places that I want to visit, but when I see the lands your characters inhabit I just want to sit down in them and have a look around :)

    My favourite is that bottom one. Wonderful compostion, the ways our eyes dart around just wanting to take our fill of the piece,

    And the kitchen scene sens me back to my childhood making cakes :) But I had a purple head scarf ....

    PS the portfolio site is great. Congrats again!

    cheers from Oz!

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  16. Congratulations on your finding a great agent! your portfolio work is splendid! Love the interactions and the different views. Your treehouse/prepare is out of this world!

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  17. These are great! You've certainly got the details going here. I especially like the French Mouse Bread Delivery with the different individuals and couples doing their thing!

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  18. Fantastic work! And congrats on your new agent! 2012 will be a great year for you--you have so much lovely talent and the world will love it!

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  19. Beautifully illustrated! Congrats on your online folio too - sounds great! Will check it out... :)

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  20. Wow dear Shirley these are awesome. I especially love the Mum and daughter baking, reminds me of me and my dear girlie when she was little. Sweet sweet memories. Great to see you "at mine" recently and I am glad work is going swimmingly for you.
    Jane x

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  22. Fantastic new pieces! Bernadette sounds like a fab person to work with. Lots of success, Shirley! (sorry about the double posting. Found a typo ;)

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  23. Wonderful work! Congratulations on your new representation. Much success!!

    BTW, the link to your blog from comments on my site isn't working. The message I get is that you should make your profile public.

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  24. Oh wow these are so much fun. So glad I saw this. It made my day (night actually). And congrats!

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  25. Your work is terrific Shirley - love the detail you've included! Congrats - another big step in the right direction, I'd say!

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