Playing Catch Up with Illustration Friday

So I’ve been out of site for a while busy working on my book and getting it sent out.( But I have to say that I actually haven’t sent it out yet, I’ve been getting hung up on the cover letters, but hopefully soon.)

So I have some late submittions to add for Illustration Friday:

Sorrow (week of 2/21):

This was just the first thing that came to mind.

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sorrow, originally uploaded by cindymedia.

Flight (week of 2/14) :

Paper Airplains. When you are a little kid and you think of flying you always make paper airplanes ( well I did any way)

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flight, originally uploaded by cindymedia.

Year of the Rooster (week of (2/7):

I was thinking what would someone look and be like if they were born during the year of the rooster. (I’m not sure if you can see it in this picture but the wallpaper is pink roosters.)

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rooster, originally uploaded by cindymedia.

Encouragement from my Coach

From: xxxxxxxx
Sent: 2/22/2005 2:21:04 PM
To: cindyann@xxxxxxx.com
Subject: Creativity Coach

Dear Cindy Ann,

How are you this week? I received your e-mails. You are moving ahead on your goals nicely.

You have a wonderful momentum, but don’t fret if that slows. It must at some point slow. We cannot run full tilt continuously. It will slow, but it will not stop and it will pick up speed again.

Regarding the cover letters you are sending out — Have you thought of asking your Children’s Picturebook Writing Workshop teacher for feedback and tips on how to write a professional letter that will get the attention of the editor? I think you have many of the proponents already in your letters, but how to organize the letter and what aspects are most important to highlight might be good questions to ask her, since she is a former children’s editor at Chronicle Books. You may have already thought to do this, but I wanted to point out the “expert” you have in front of you. Take advantage of this opportunity.

Congratulations on not acting spontaneously and just sending them out without feedback. It is hard not to rush your book into the hands of those who might publish it. But I agree with you that it is better to write the best proposal possible. I am unfamiliar with picture book publication, so proposals I might write for my own work would not necessarily fit the customary format for the children’s market.

You write that you are glad you have another idea ready to work on for your next project. How do you come up with ideas? Do you have a folder to store new ideas, so when one pops into your mind you can jot it down on a napkin or scrap paper and toss it in there until you have time to work on it?

Your ideas, the ones you have shared with me so far, hold deep meaning for you. I especially like the one you are working on now, about XXXXX. It comes from a special place and time in your life with your sister. It delves into personality, perfection and the particular verses make do and the generic. These are wonderful concepts to explore. You said you feel stuck with XXXXX, unsure of where the story is going. When thinking of new ideas, think of what rich work you would like to do. What do you want to convey to children and adults who will read your work and who will study your pictures? What do you want to convey to yourself? Ultimately, we write for ourselves, we create for ourselves and out of that comes art we share with others. If we can articulate these criteria to ourselves, we have a better chance of creating what we want to convey.

I am excited for you Cindy and I am eager to hear your next installment.

All the best,

xxxxxxxx

I’ve Been a Busy Little Bee

I’ve been pretty busy lately. And I’m happy to say that I’ve been busy working on my own stuff and not job related stuff!!! As you know I sent a bunch of illustration samples out to Harcourt. So that was a good thing, but I do have to say that I felt like I almost sabotaged myself with this. I was dilly-dallying putting this package together including taking my time writing the letter that I enclosed in the package (even though I have a basic form letter written up for when people request samples.) Why was I dilly-dallying? I don’t know for sure, but I know that I did start to have some negative thoughts like “Sure I’ll send her all these samples, get my hopes up and nothing will happen. So why should I rush to send these out? ” I obviously know the answer to this but still had these thoughts none the less. Overall I have been feeling very productive. I have finished my 2nd sample illustration for my children’s book along with making all of the revisions that were called for on my sketches. So I am DONE and ready to send out my book proposal!!! Here is the Cover Image for the book:

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franklin.cover, originally uploaded by cindymedia.

Yesterday I played hookie and took the day off of work. I spent the whole day in my studio putting together dummies to submit to publishers. I had originally said that I was only going to submit to 6 publishers but I upped that to 10. (I have some sort of “connection” with each of the people I am submitting to so I thought that this was ok). I have also been hard at work writing the cover letters that are specific to each person. (no form letters here, well except the book description) I have to say that I definitely did procrastinate on this. It took me quite a while to get started but once I did it I was on a roll. (I have put the sample letters at the end of this post if you would like to take a peek. They still need some tweaking the parts that are italicized are a work in progress.) I just happen to be lucky enough to have a good friend, who writes brilliantly, review these along with my husband. The more eyes the better. I really need these letters to be well written, professional and representational of my work and me. It’s very daunting that one sheet of paper can be that powerful. I am hoping to get all of the proposals sent out by the end of next week. Yesterday I really had the urge to rush and get them sent out by this Friday. I have a real tendency to jump the gun, with almost everything. So, I’m glad that I was able to talk myself out of it. I have been working on this for over 2 years so why would I rush and send something out haphazardly when I could use one more week to send them out the right way. (I really do have to give myself a pat on the back for not acting impulsively at the last second.) This past Tuesday was my first Children’s Picturebook Writing Workshop class taught by Amy Novesky a former children’s editor at Chronicle Books. (Here is one of her pictuere books) I think it’s going to be a really good class, just from the introductions there are some seasoned people in the class and actually 4 of my class members work or have worked at Leap Frog, a leading toy manufacture in the children’s educational market. A company that I have been trying to get an interview with forever. So perhaps I will be able to make some connections. That would be really awesome. But the real reason for taking the class it to work on my next book and to keep the momentum going. My next book is loosely based on the relationship my sister and me had growing up. The main character is a self-centered picky and particular little girl. In fact she thinks she’s the best. Her younger sister in not nearly as particular but want to copy whatever her older sister does. The story is about the older sister wanting a particular doll for Christmas and getting the generic version of the doll instead. She is obviously upset with this and…….this is the part I’m stuck on. I don’t know how it ends. Hopefully this class will help me out. I can actually see this character being a series of books. I have a She had been peculating in the back of my head for a while so I’m excited to start working on her. I have done a few sketch of what I thought she might look like but I definitely need to do a lot more to really flesh her out. I’m happy that I have my next project in the works cause if I didn’t have something on the back burner I think I would really be stuck right now. On another note I’ve been actively procrastinating on making the cold call to potential sponsor for the Roadshow Portfolio display. I committed myself to this when I sign up on the committee. I really should buckle down and do this tomorrow. The problem is that I hate cold calling and I don’t think I’m any good at it. I get nervous and start stumbling over my words. I guess I just need to practice and then just suck it up and do it. Ugh! But I am so dreading it. I think I’m making it worse in my head then it really is. So tomorrow is the day, I’m going to sit down and do it on my lunch break. If I flake out on this I am going to look really stupid in front of all the other more seasoned illustrators on the committee. I think being unreliable and looking like a fool is far worse then cold calling. OK, I just think I psyched myself up for this. Well I think that’s about it. ________________________________________ Below are my drafts for my cover and query letters. If you have any suggestions or see any punctuation or spelling errors please let me know. The parts that I still need to work on are in italic:

e-mail to my contact at Viking/ Penguin Putnam:

Hi xxxxx, It has been a while since we’ve corresponded. I met you about a year ago in your office and showed you my illustration portfolio. I’m the woman that did the image of a doggie wearing a party hat. Well…I’ve just finished working on a book about that same exact doggie. He now has a name, it’s Franklin Meriwether Knox. In Franklin’s book he likes to play and he gets into trouble for breaking a family heirloom. He decides that the best thing to do is to run away. He runs away on an imaginary adventure around the world, which consist of a 1 block radius around his house. Franklin visits France- which is really the local French Laundromat, Italy- an Italian bike shop. and Fiji, Egypt, and Morocco- which are all part of a miniature golf course. With every place that Franklin visits he get a sinking feeling that “it’s just not the same, it’s nothing like home.” At the end of the story Franklin reunites with his family and discovers that they love him no matter what. (need a better zinger at the end here) I would love to have to have the opportunity to submit this story to you for consideration. May I send you the dummy and manuscript for Franklin Meriwether Knox? Should you be interested in publishing this book, I would look forward to working with you and your editorial staff on any necessary revisions that may be required. Thank for your time and attention. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Best, Cindy Ann

e-mail to my contact at Knopf Delacorte Dell/ Random House:

Hi xxxxxx, It has been a while since we’ve corresponded. I met you via email through xxxxx xxxxx a while back. I’ve just finished working on that book idea I had told you about based on the Question: What is Home? The title of the book is Franklin Meriwether Knox, which is the name of the main character. Franklin is a dog that likes to play and gets into trouble for breaking a family heirloom. He decides that the best thing to do is to run away. Franklin runs away on an imaginary adventure around the world, which consist of a 1 block radius around his house. He visits France- which is really the local French Laundromat, Italy- an Italian bike shop. and Fiji, Egypt, and Morocco- which are all part of a miniature golf course. With every place that Franklin visits he get a sinking feeling that “it’s just not the same, it’s nothing like home.” At the end of the story Franklin reunites with his family and discovers that they love him no matter what. I would love to have to have the opportunity to submit this story to you for consideration. May I send you the dummy and manuscript for Franklin Meriwether Knox? Should you be interested in publishing this book, I would look forward to working with you and your editorial staff on any necessary revisions that may be required. Thank for your time and attention. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Best, Cindy Ann

e-mail to my contact at Little Brown/ Time Warner:

Dear Ms. xxxxxxx, I have been working for Time Inc. for almost 5 yrs., at Business 2.0 a business magazine that is under the Fortune Group doing the production on the magazine. While following my career in print production I’ve also been pursuing my personal goal of writing and illustrating children’s books. I thought of the Time Warner vast network and how I could take advantage the network to establish opportunities to publish my book. Little Brown has a long history of publishing quality children’s picture books and it would delight me if I had the opportunity to work with you at Little Brown and stay with in the “Time Warner Family”. I have just finished working on a manuscript and rough dummy for a picture book titled Franklin Meriwether Knox, which is the name of the main character. Franklin is a dog that likes to play and gets into trouble for breaking a family heirloom. He decides that the best thing to do is to run away. He runs away on an imaginary adventure around the world, which consist of a 1 block radius around his house. Franklin visits France- which is really the local French Laundromat, Italy- an Italian bike shop. and Fiji, Egypt, and Morocco- which are all part of a miniature golf course. With every place that Franklin visits he get a sinking feeling that “it’s just not the same, it’s nothing like home.” At the end of the story Franklin reunites with his family and discovers that they love him no matter what. I would love to have to have the opportunity to submit this story to you for consideration. May I send you the dummy and manuscript for Franklin Meriwether Knox? Should you be interested in publishing this book, I would look forward to working with you and your editorial staff on any necessary revisions that may be required. Thank for your time and attention. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Best, Cindy Ann

Letter to my contact at Random House:

Dear Ms. xxxxxxxx, We met a while back through Stephen Kroninger. While I was in college I worked as Stephen Studio Assistant. When I was employed by Stephen I had the opportunity to view him working on his first picture book “If I Crossed the Road” which you published. After I graduated from art school you were kind enough to meet with me and review my illustration portfolio. That was almost 7 years ago! I have to say that at the time I was very naïve. I had not realize what a big “Rock Star” you were in the children’s publishing world. So I’m pleased to say that I have had the opportunity to sit down and meet with you and I’m hoping to re-establish a working rapport with you. (need some help with this part) Today I am submitting to you a manuscript and rough dummy for a picture book titled Franklin Meriwether Knox (which happens to be the name of the main character). Franklin is a dog that likes to play and gets into trouble for breaking a family heirloom. He decides that the best thing to do is to run away. He runs away on an imaginary adventure around the world, which consist of a 1 block radius around his house. Franklin visits France- which is really the local French Laundromat, Italy- an Italian bike shop. and Fiji, Egypt, and Morocco- which are all part of a miniature golf course. With every place that Franklin visits he get a sinking feeling that “it’s just not the same, it’s nothing like home.” At the end of the story Franklin reunites with his family and discovers that they love him no matter what. Should you be interested in publishing this book, I would be honored to work with you and your editorial staff on any necessary revisions that may be required. Thank for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely, Cindy Ann Ganaden (my maiden name is Diaz)

Letter to my contact at Scholastic:

Dear Mr. xxxxxxxxx, We met a while back through xxxxxx xxxxxx. I had just graduated art school and you were kind enough to meet with me on the roof patio of the Scholastic building. I have to say that at the time I was very naïve and had no idea what a “Rock Star” you were in the children’s publishing world. So I’m delighted to say that I have had the opportunity to sit down and meet with you. Since that time I have had the pleasure of hear you speak at several SCBWI Conferences and even sat down and chatted with you along with a few of my fellow illustrators. I’m pleased to say that I have had the opportunity to sit down and meet with you and I’m hoping to re-establish a working rapport with you. (need some help with this part) Today I am submitting to you a manuscript and rough dummy for a picture book titled Franklin Meriwether Knox (which happens to be the name of the main character). Franklin is a dog that likes to play and gets into trouble for breaking a family heirloom. He decides that the best thing to do is to run away. He runs away on an imaginary adventure around the world, which consist of a 1 block radius around his house. Franklin visits France- which is really the local French Laundromat, Italy- an Italian bike shop. and Fiji, Egypt, and Morocco- which are all part of a miniature golf course. With every place that Franklin visits he get a sinking feeling that “it’s just not the same, it’s nothing like home.” At the end of the story Franklin reunites with his family and discovers that they love him no matter what. Should you be interested in publishing this book, I would be honored to work with you and your editorial staff on any necessary revisions that may be required. Thank for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely, Cindy Ann Ganaden (my maiden name is Diaz)

Letter to my contact at Tricycle Press:

Dear Ms. xxxxx, We met a short while back when you were a guest speaker at xxxxxx xxxxxx Children’s Picture Book class at Berkeley Extension. I have also had the pleasure of hear you speak at a few conferences. Today I am submitting to you a manuscript and rough dummy for a picture book titled Franklin Meriwether Knox (which happens to be the name of the main character). Franklin is a dog that likes to play and gets into trouble for breaking a family heirloom. He decides that the best thing to do is to run away. He runs away on an imaginary adventure around the world, which consist of a 1 block radius around his house. Franklin visits France- which is really the local French Laundromat, Italy- an Italian bike shop. and Fiji, Egypt, and Morocco-which are all part of a miniature golf course. With every place that Franklin visits he get a sinking feeling that “it’s just not the same, it’s nothing like home.” At the end of the story Franklin reunites with his family and discovers that they love him no matter what. Should you be interested in publishing this book, I would look forward to working with you and your editorial staff on any necessary revisions that may be required. Thank for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely, Cindy Ann Ganaden

Letter to my contact at Harcourt:

Dear Ms. xxxxxxx, I have had the pleasure of hearing you speak at a few SCBWI Conferences. In your presentation you showed a lot of work by Lois Ehlert and Debra Frasier, 2 of my favorite illustrators. You talked about looking for great stories with good rhythm, and something that gave you the chills. My new book give me the chills and I hope it will with you too! (is this too snotty?) Today I am submitting to you a manuscript and rough dummy for a picture book titled Franklin Meriwether Knox (which happens to be the name of the main character). Franklin is a dog that likes to play and gets into trouble for breaking a family heirloom. He decides that the best thing to do is to run away. He runs away on an imaginary adventure around the world, which consist of a 1 block radius around his house. Franklin visits France- which is really the local French Laundromat, Italy- an Italian bike shop. and Fiji, Egypt, and Morocco- which are all part of a miniature golf course. With every place that Franklin visits he get a sinking feeling that “it’s just not the same, it’s nothing like home.” At the end of the story Franklin reunites with his family and discovers that they love him no matter what. Should you be interested in publishing this book, I would look forward to working with you and your editorial staff on any necessary revisions that may be required. Thank for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely, Cindy Ann Ganaden

Letter to my contact at Henry Holt:

Dear Ms. xxxxxxx, I’ve been researching publications to send my manuscript and dummy to. Henry Holt has a history of publishing quality children’s picture books. Today I am submitting to you a manuscript and rough dummy for a picture book titled Franklin Meriwether Knox (which is the name of the main character). Franklin is a dog that likes to play and gets into trouble for breaking a family heirloom. He decides that the best thing to do is to run away. He runs away on an imaginary adventure around the world, which consist of a 1 block radius around his house. Franklin visits France- which is really the local French Laundromat, Italy- an Italian bike shop. and Fiji, Egypt, and Morocco- which are all part of a miniature golf course. With every place that Franklin visits he get a sinking feeling that “it’s just not the same, it’s nothing like home.” At the end of the story Franklin reunites with his family and discovers that they love him no matter what. Should you be interested in publishing this book, I would look forward to working with you and your editorial staff on any necessary revisions that may be required. Thank for your time and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon. Sincerely, Cindy Ann Ganaden

My internal conversatation with myself

Procrastination, I am very good at it. Recently I’ve realized that my procrastination is usually related to having anxiety and fear about whatever it is that I’m avoiding.

I’m working on tackling my fear by rationalize with myself to be more proactive in combating this type of behavior . Here is typical conversatation that I have with myself:

ME: “Why haven’t you finished your illustration? What are you really afraid of?”

me: “Making a mistake and screwing it up.”

ME: “Well, if you mess up the illustration you will be able to fix it. Or worstcase sinero you can just start over.”

me: “But I don’t want to make a mistake. I don’t want to start over.”

ME: “Is it really the worst thing in the world?”

me: “No, but I will be wasting a lot of time. Who wants to start over? I don’t
want to start over.”

ME: “But if you have to start over you know that it will be a better piece. You’ve already had practice doing it once and it will go quickly.”

me: “I know but starting over make me feel defeated.I hate to have to start
over.”

ME: “You are only defeated if you don’t start over. If you don’t take the risk you will never finish. You are wasting more time now then if you just sat down and worked on it. And perhaps you get it right on the first try, then you won’t have to start over. But you’ll never know unless you just sit down and do it.”

me: “Yes, Yes your right. I just have to sit down and get to work. But first I
have to go to the bathroom, eat and do the laundary.”

ME: “No, start NOW!”

me: “OK, OK I’ll start just as soon as I clean my work area.”

ME: “When have you ever been that neat? Your avoiding starting. Sit down and just start.”

me: “ALRIGHT! I’m starting are you happy now?”

Funny that I go through this little talk in my head so often. And you know what, I hardly ever have to start completely over. I do make mistakes that I have to fix but rarely do I have to completely start over. So it’s a dumb fear to have, but I still go thorough it every single time.

There’s nothing like Flattery to boost your ego

I received this really sweet note from a college student the other day. I don’t get these types of compliments often, so it was a really nice pick-me-up and very uplifting.

It’s actually kind of amazing that I’m getting some real visibility on the web lately!!!! People are actually checking me out. But of course in the back of my mind I’m thinking “I really need to update my site”.

—– Original Message —–
From: xxxxxxxx
Sent: 2/6/2005 1:51:22 PM
To: cindyann@xxxxxxa.com
Subject: I love your artwork!

> Hi Cindy Ann, I just have to say I am a big fan of your colorful illustrations and can only hope to be as talented and successful as an illustrator someday. I am an illustration major at Syracuse University interested in relocating to the Philadelphia area following school. I reviewed your resume online and found it of interest in my researching process. I don’t know how long you lived in Philadelphia or if you could help me in answering a few questions, but, I am interested in knowing, and particularly from a visual communications professional, what are the major markets for illustrators living in the area? And in your experience, did you find that many design and advertising agencies were interested in hiring full-time illustrators?
>
> thank you,
> xxxxxxxxxx

Creative Coaching

I’ve had a few people e-mail me and ask me about how this whole creative coaching thing works. So I’d thought I’d share since the coaching has been very helpful for me. It has made me really think and articulate what I am feeling. The coaching is probably very similar to the “therapy” of writing your thoughts down in a blog. The main difference is that the focus is all on me and I’m accountable. My coach often ask me questions that make me explore what it is I am really feeling vs. what I “think” I’m feeling. This is a good exercise and I find it really helpful to be accountable to someone else. I have accountability issues and need to learn how to be more accountable to myself. Right now it’s easier for me to make excuse to myself then to someone else. So far , this experience has been very helpful with keeping me on track and I am working on making being accountable to “me” a priority.

Currently right now the coaching is costing me nothing because I signed up to be a “free client” to work with a “coach-in-training” during a 16 week creative coaching course taught by Eric Masel.

This is info about becoming a free client (This is taken directly from Eric site):
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BECOMING A FREE CLIENT
During each creativity coaching training most of the creativity coaches-in-training opt to work with clients, either clients that they
recruit or that I supply. The clients I supply are seen for free for the duration of the training. (If client and coach want to work together thereafter, they need to make new, for-pay arrangements.)

If you would like to participate in one of these training as a free client and work with a coach-in-training via e-mail, please provide me with the following information: one paragraph about yourself (your name, age, where you live, art discipline you work in, etc.) and a paragraph about what you would like to work on with a creativity coach. Please send that information to me at ericmaisel@hotmail.com
_____________________

I don’t have the funds to be able to afford Eric Maisel himself so having one of his trainees is the next best thing. I feel like I am building a relationship with the woman that I am working with and hope to continue to work with her after the 16 weeks program. Hopefully, she will still want to work with me. I’ll have to keep you posted about how things end up.

What a great start to my morning

What a great start to my morning. I just was checking my e-mail like I normally do every morning and low and behold I have this great little e-mail from Harcourt requesting samples of my work. Can I tell you I am over the moon. I have a smile on my face that won’t come off. – hummm now how do I reply, I don’t want to seem overly zealous and blow it. But I do have to inquire if they want to see design work or if they want to see illustration work. Here is the e-mail. What does it sound like to you?

From: xxxxxxxx
Sent: 2/10/2005 9:36:32 AM
To: cindyann@xxxxxx.com
Subject: Portfolio samples

Ms. Ganaden,

My name is xxxxxxxxx and I am a designer for Harcourt School Publishers in Orlando Florida.

We are currently viewing work from various artists to use in future publications. I came across your website and thought your designs might be compatible with our books. We have contacted you in an effort to view some samples of your portfolio. If this is something you might be interested in, you may contact me or simply send samples to the address below. Thanks for your time.

My mailing address:

xxxxxxxxxxx
Production Department
Harcourt School Publishers
xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Orlando, FL 32887

Best Regards,
xxxxxxxxxxxx


RE: My Reply to Harcourt for Portfolio Sample

 

From: Cindy Ann Ganaden CiNdY MeDiA .com
Sent: 2/10/2005 5:50:28 PM
To: xxxxxxx
Subject: Re: Portfolio samples

Dear Ms. xxxxxxx,

Thank you for your interest in my work. I am excited to hear that you think I
may be compatible with the books you are creating. I do have samples to
send.

In order to help me choose appropriately from my set, let me know if there
is a particular type of imagery that you are looking for (e.g., animal, people,
landscapes). Please let me know so I can arrange to send out a package
by early next week at the latest.

You may contact me directly at (415) 420-4430 or via e-mail. I look
forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Cindy Ann Ganaden

Cindy Ann Ganaden
CiNdY MeDiA .com
415-420-4430

http://www.cindymedia.com/

Illustration & Design that “teaches without teaching” – providing the
conditions that allow children to learn for themselves.

Her Reply Back

From: xxxxxxxx
Sent: 2/11/2005 6:11:38 AM
To: cindyann@xxxxxx.com
Subject: Re: Portfolio samples

Ms. Ganaden,
Thanks for your prompt reply. We are looking for a small variety of your work.
I don’t have any specific requests from your collection, I can only suggest that it be
appropriate for a child’s textbook. We use many different styles of imagery, so it’s a good
chance for you to showcase a variety of pieces from your portfolio. Thanks again.

Best Regards,
xxxxxxxx

Next Steps

I’m working on putting a package together to send out for delivery next week. Cross your fingers for me!!!!!!!

Last Week was a Good Week

—– Original Message —–

From: Cindy Ann Ganaden CiNdY MeDiA .com

Sent: 2/7/2005 3:47:23 PM

To: xxxxx

Subject: Re: Creativity Coach-Update: What Happened Last Week

Hi xxxx,

Sorry to be out of touch. Last week was a busy week. (we were ramping up for printing our next issue of the magazine at work).

Things with me for the most part have been going well. I feel like I have picked up some momentum and have been on a roll. Not having the TV has been a real help. I have been working in my studio almost every night, which has been very invigorating. And as I’ve been doing mundane things like the laundry and cleaning up the house I’ve been thinking about my work. (it always seems to be in the back of my mind)

Here is a list of Exciting things that happened last week:

1) I went to a GAG (graphic Artist Guild Meeting) meeting about an up coming local conference-The fellow illustrators that I will be volunteering with are very well established and have been in the business for 10+ years. This was very inspiring and I was delighted to be in such great company. Ultimately this is a really good connection to make. (professionally and on a personal level for inspiration)

2) Through this meeting I’ve been asked to join the San Francisco Society of Illustrators – So I just sent my paperwork in for that today and have plans to be an active participant in this organization as well.

3) I participated in Illustration Friday and did a piece that I am happy with. (simple with a strong concept). The topic last week was “Friendship”. This week’s topic is “The year of the Rooster”. I’ve already started doing some research on this so that I can come up with another strong concept. My goal is to have this illustration done by Wednesday.

4) I purchased 2 books. -The 1st is Eric Maisel’s “Coaching the Artist Within” , a good follow up to “Fearless Creating” and considering that I am now being coached I thought it would be good to read. The second book was a fun fiction novel for some mind candy.

5) I finished my 2nd illustration for my kid’s book and spent the weekend working on the other minor corrections that I need to make before I send my book out again.

- I feel like I am very close to being finished. (at least finished with this stage of the process.) I need to start thinking about what 6 editors/publishing houses I’m going to submit to and start writing the cover letters.

6) I have decide that I am going to submit my book to the W.I.N Competition from SmartWriters The deadline is Feb 28th. (So now I have a hard deadline to shoot for.) The prizes aren’t huge but I will get a lot of exposure as editors will be reading the submissions (and really that’s the reason I’m submitting)

- I am also going to try to submit to Communication Arts Illustration Call for Entries as well. The deadline for this one is Mar 15th. So I have some short-term goals to shoot for.

7) I have been answering ad for design/illustration on Craig’s List. Though I have not yet received any replies back I think its good step forward in promoting myself. No one will ever know I exist unless I inquire about the work.(in any case I think it’s a numbers game. I just have to be out there responding and letting people know I exist.)

All and all I think things have been going well. I feel more energized and it?s been good for me to connect with other illustrators especially successful illustrators that are making their living solely through illustration. It’s very inspiring and uplifting.

Last week was a good week. Hopefully this week will go as well.

Best,

Cindy

Illustration Friday: Friendship

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Here is my entry for this weeks Illustration Friday. (Early again, boy I’m on a roll. Lets hope I can keep it up!)

Friends share especially at lunchtime.