Tuesday, January 13, 2009


If you visit here often, you are probably tired of reading about my preparations for the  SCBWI Florida conference. The refreshing news is that I am pretty much done! So I'll be writing about the conference itself next week, and moving on to other stuff!

I think it is important to go as well prepared as you can be to show a high level of professionalism. If a fellow artist is taking his/her time to review your work, or an editor takes the time to grab your card (a must-have!!!) and then looks at your web site, this one needs to be ready with your newest and best work. As I see it, every little thing you do counts and in the end it will pay dividends.

So in an effort to be fully prepared, I redesigned my web site last week. It was a lot of work! But thank goodness I have not only a design background, but a web design background so I was able to do it without assistance. I am very happy with it, and I invite you to visit it and click around. You'd probably seen most of my work, since I have used the Illustration Friday posts to build my portfolio. In any case, I hope you like it as much as I do!
I also updated my sample tearsheet which includes samples of my work and contact information in PDF format. Tearsheets are used as portfolio samples that Art Directors keep on-hand and usually leaf through when selecting an illustrator. Illustrators mail them to publishers but it is also common practice to email them as attachments or have them on their web site.

I have added links to both my website and my tearsheet on the left column.


Diana Evans said...

what a great start to the year Edrian!!! I love the web site redesign and the tear sheet is a great addition...I have so many things on my list this year....but I am so busy with work right now...which is great...I will have to put it off ....

Have a wonderful time at the conference and I can't wait to hear all about it!!!


theartofpuro said...

Great job on your tearsheet and your web,I like them a lot

artgirly said...

looks great! youll do fantastic this weekend!
xo- nicole

Tiddly Inks said...

Wow! What a change. It looks really, really great! I am trying to get mine redesigned, but it is taking a while. LOL

I hope you have much success at the conference because you certainly have put in tons of time. :)

Best wishes!

Tiddly Inks said...

Okay, so I was poking around your website and you have an impressive client list!!!! Knock my socks off kind of list. :)
Kudos to you, lady! :)

Bella Sinclair said...

Wow is right! Your site and tearsheet look really fab! You're going to do really well at the conference. You've worked really hard for this. Good luck!!!