art projects, goals

Started submitting illustration samples!

Finally.  It took HOURS fiddling with colors until my printer would produce copies that look SOMETHING like the originals, but I started mailing samples to publishers! Whew.

It’s such a long process — made longer by me constantly chickening out and deciding I didn’t have any pieces that were good enough to send out, doing a whole bunch of new stuff, chickening out again, more new stuff, repeat endlessly, etc.

It’s also been a challenge to figure out exactly how to format a package of illustration samples — all the finicky details, like does it need to be a fancy thing in a binder, or can you just staple a bunch of copies together and call it a day, or what?

I found at least one or two illustrators who advised just good quality copies, one or two pieces on a page, manila envelope, no binder/page protectors/anything else fancy. So that’s what I went with, if any other wanna-be illustrators are reading this and looking for information. I have no idea if that will make me look super unprofessional or what, but hey, it’s a start!

The other horrible part, of course, is the cover letter, but my guess is that it’s probably not as make-or-break as it is with submitting a manuscript. I bet as long as it’s not TERRIBLY unprofessional, whoever opens the envelope will look at the art even if the cover letter’s not the greatest. I mean, all you do is FLIP OVER THE PAGE, and boom, artwork all up in your grill. It’s not like a manuscript where it takes at least a few minutes of reading to get a feel for how good/bad/unbelievably hacky the thing is, and I can totally imagine a bad cover letter getting the whole thing dumped in the recycling right away.

Anyway, blah blah blah, tl;dr… here’s the new stuff:

I don’t mean to sound smug or anything, but… *SMUG!!!*

I mean, maybe it’s just me, but I’m actually happy with these. And I’m NEVER happy with things I do, so don’t think I’m full of myself! Just this once, I’m pleased :)


7 thoughts on “Started submitting illustration samples!”

  1. WOW!! Just found your work. You are soooo talented :-D I’m certain you’ll have success with a publisher in the hopefully-not-too-distant future. This new work is just beautiful, you have every right to be proud! I adore your combination of inkwork and watercolour / whatever else you’re using (whatever it is it looks amazing… I’m not a pen-and-paper artist much as I’d love to be, so I don’t really know what I’m talking about!)

    Your newest fan, and one half of the team that makes up The House of Mouse (I believe you have a Chewbacca Mouse from a couple of years ago?)

    Naomi x


    1. Oh my gosh, a comment from one of my little Chewie-mouse’s makers!!! Sweet! He’s one of my most prized possessions, seriously :) And I have my House of Mouse pin proudly displayed on my purse, too!

      Thanks so much for the kind words, and I’m sorry I didn’t reply sooner — life has been nuts lately. But I wanted to let you know that I REALLY needed some encouragement about my work the day you commented, and I appreciated it so much. It especially means a lot coming from someone who makes such amazing creations as you do! :)



    1. And THIS means a lot too, because I always feel like I write the dumbest posts that anyone anywhere has ever written :)
      (plus you spell it “humour” which just automatically makes everything you say, like, five times more meaningful and awesome. I SO wish I could get away with putting the u in things.)


  2. Dora Mitchell…where has this lovely artist been? Inquiring minds want to know…

    I’m SO excited that you finally started submitting work! This is FANTABULOUS!

    Miss ya! Julie & Jennifer Crespin


    1. Ohmigosh, hi Julie!!!

      I’m wondering where I’ve been too! I blame my job! For literally everything. Okay not literally. Just everything I hate.

      But I so miss you guys and think about you all the time! And you’re married now! YAAAAAAAAAY! And I haven’t even said congratulations! BOOOOOOOOO! I will seriously call very soon now seriously for really-reals.


      1. We think about you often as well. I’ve been worried since you haven’t gotten back to Jenn in so long. I’m always on her about it. :) I’ve been looking at your artwork off and on for the last few days. I’m always in awe over your brilliance and beautiful mind. I hope you don’t mind but I’ve shared your website with some friends and have asked them to do the same. This stuff is too amazing to be kept to yourself! It is a disservice to the masses;0)How are Biggs and Scully? How is Billy? How are the kitties? I’m sorry your job is sucking the life out of you. That really blows a big fatty.
        Please call Jenn soon! We both miss you! Big LOVE for ya!


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