How to get noticed as an illustrator?
Illoguild question #13
We all want to be discovered - by an agent, an art director, a publisher, a reader of our books…. This month we share tips and tricks and strategies that have worked for us to stand out and get noticed in a crowded market. We discuss how we found our agents, our first commissions and how we continue to get paid for our illustrations.
We are thrilled to announce a new book series ‘Operation Aviation ’, illustrated by Brenda Harris.
And lastly, we are excited to showcase the talented illustrator Carla Hoffenberg in our spotlight section.
How to get noticed?
Jennifer shares how she was discovered by her agent and how she continues to get the attention of top publishers.
Katie talks about the 3 places where she shares her art.
Carla highlights 10 strategies that have worked for her to get known.
Adam discusses how you can build a career as an illustrator when you don’t live in a capital city.
Jen illustrates how making lots of friends helps to get your name out.
Damjana explores the benefits of visiting industry fairs.
Brenda offers insights on where following your curiosity may lead.
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Well Done to Brenda Harris whose book series has been announced - Welcome to Operation Aviation command post!
Operation Aviation is a series of rhyming military aircraft adventures, for children ages 4 to 8, featuring anthropomorphic fighter jets and a supportive cast of aviation friends. English and Spanish editions of the first three stories in the OA series will release in 2024.
And her wonderful book ‘Proud Deaf Girl’ - a celebration of friendship and American Sign Language- is also out now.
If you are in Australia - come along to the launches of Mia’s Glamma illustrated by Carla Hoffenberg and written by Josie Montano. The boook will be launched in Sydney on 22 July and Brisbane on 29 July.
It’s funny, heartfelt celebration of grand-parenting.
Illoguild Illustrator Spotlight
Carla Hoffenberg specialises in creating captivating illustrations for children's books that inspire joy and positivity. Her artistic vision aims to make connections, start conversations, and entertain young readers.
She received her first paid commission in high school, where she was asked to create a mural featuring cute animal characters. Despite working full-time in banking and finance for over a decade, her passion for imaginative projects never waned. In March 2020, during the lockdown, she began illustrating her children around the house, turning her passion project into a full-time career.
She is thrilled to share that her first children's book, 'Little Shark Lulu is Sleeping', was published in August 2022, followed by her second book, 'Mia's Glamma', in July 2023.
Whether she's using Procreate to bring characters to life, enjoying the beautiful beaches of Sydney, or spending time with her family, she is always exploring the boundless possibilities of her visual storytelling.
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