Below are the questions that some of the 12x12ers asked with answers by Sherman.
All of them, but she looks to see which illustrators have the smarts (brains) to see the very best illustrations when they read pure story text. She considers composition to be the most important when looking at an illustrator’s work.
Julie RZHow do they match writers with illustrators? LouiseN How do you (or do you) keep in contact with illustrators you like and might want to use for future projects?
They have many file drawers filled with illustrators and their examples. She says that she can find many illustrators with the style of art they are looking for to illustrate a particular book, but Sherman says she searches and looks for “the illustrators with brains”. The ones that can look at the story and see the very best way in which to illustrate it. So, she is very interested in looking at illustrator blogs to see what illustrators are thinking.
Julie RZHow do they search for illustrators, or do they just wait for submissions? How do they prefer to view the work, what are they expecting as far as online presence?
Sherman can find illustrators at places like conferences, she looks at illustrator blogs, and she likes to receive 1 or 2 illustrations through e-mail or via postcard (one illustration on each side is the maximum). She says send your postcard or email illustrations 3 times a year (no more). Make sure to have your contact information. Include your website/blog.
LouiseN Would you prefer to receive a picture postcard to an email picture?
Either is good, but she likes email pictures best (with contact informaton).
LouiseN Would you prefer a copy of a work or an original postcard made just for you?This question was not asked because from her previous answers I believe she would like illustration copies on postcards best.
Alison KH How many samples do you like to see on a postcard?
One or two at the most. If two, one on each side.
Alison KH Do you want b/w and color?
It depends on the illustrator’s style.
Thanks for sharing this great info! It was nice of Ms Sherman to answer your questions so clearly. I'd definitely like to hear the other things she talked about also! :)ReplyDelete
Great Jill. I'll I'm glad her info can help. :)ReplyDelete
Thank you! I am also surprised both by her knowing about the 12x12 as well as you asking for us! NOW... how did 'your' critique go? Did she like all your stuff or pick out one or two that she wanted copies of? Did she say anything about your style? How long did your critique last? and thank you again!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for sharing all this Brenda! Can't wait for your follow-up posts! It's nice to hear 12x12 is something an art director has heard about! And ditto Louise's questions! I have long wondered about AD's looking for more meat in the concept! I have seen more than a few superbly skilled illustrations in PBs that somehow 'missed the point'. Again, thanks for sharing the feedback and the chance to ask questions! Big hug!ReplyDelete
I'm glad her answers were helpful to you, too. I think that if we all share what's fresh and constructive from the publishing world, we'll be leaping forwatds in our field. Love that Big hug. :)Delete