Here are some more cards from my collection with Madison Park being released this month.
Are you an aspiring illustrator or surface designer and don't know where to start? I receive a lot of emails from many creative people getting started in illustration and pattern design who want to know how to do this as a career. I decided to begin offering professional coaching and mentoring as well as portfolio reviews. Basically, anything you are looking for in order to meet your creative goals. I will do a free interview up front to see if what I have to offer is a good fit for you and to find out what you are looking for. If we decide to move forward there will be a fee involved. I have learned that everyone's situation is so different, my aim is to individualize what I have to offer.
Our sessions together will draw from my 10 years plus experience working as an illustrator and pattern designer. The focus will be on some of the following issues and will include much more -
• Help you to develop your style so that you are showing your best work
• Portfolio development as well as reviews with specific recommendations
• How to contact potential clients
• The nuts and bolts of the business.
• How to negotiate selling and licensing your work
Every working illustrator and designer that I have met does things a little differently - I would share how I have navigated this business and how I continue to try to keep up with changes in the industry. There is no magic bullet, but if you believe in yourself and are persistent, positive, and productive (my three p's), then anything is possible.
The process of mentoring has taught me a lot as well and in an unexpected way has helped me in my own work. It has been a fascinating and rewarding journey getting to know people and watching their goals be realized.
If you find yourself interested and want more information regarding fees and any other questions you may have, please send me an email to the address below -
Here are a few testimonials from artists I have recently worked with -
"Amy's keen eye and industry savvy, combined with her nurturing and supportive soul, has helped me to develop a strong portfolio that is both poised for commercial success and true to my creative spirit.
Amy has helped me to recognize and value my own unique style, challenging me to strengthen and develop my voice in exciting directions. In addition to her invaluable design feedback, Amy is a role model for developing confidence, character, tenacity, and the courage to go after your dreams." - Laura
"I have been working with Amy over the phone and online and the experience has been great. Right now she is helping me see and understand the needs of the marketplace. I am learning to transition from a fine arts background and fit it to the demands and needs of the business world. I have had my eyes opened and am so excited and energized after every session that next time I'll have to schedule a day off so that I can work on our talk right away. I'm sure I would have eventually found my way in the commercial world but Amy's guidance has focused my journey and our regular meetings have given my goals purpose and a very real possibility of being achieved." - Sarah
"I am thrilled with the progress I am seeing in my work. I have begun to internalize Amy's insightful feedback and now have a more critical eye. I finally have a solid direction for my work and am excited about my artistic possibilities. - Amanda
I did these three Valentine's Day cards for American Greetings this past year. They are in stores now, give me a shout if you see any of these.
I found this heart garden card in Target last week.
Here are some sweet jellyfish.
And a couple of romantic otters.
This year has started off swiftly for me with multiple exciting illustration projects. A magazine illustration for Cricket magazine, a new collection for Robert Kaufman, some paper plates for Dixie's line at Target and some fun kid's cups. A few years ago I illustrated a bathroom kid's cup for Dixie. It has been on the shelves for a couple of years but I have passed them by in the aisles of Target until the other day when I scooped up a couple of boxes. I am now working on a set of new cups - a real fun project which I will share when they are ready to be sold. These however are still on the shelves at Target. I hope your year is off to a roaring start.