The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators has a great new venue, an illustrator's gallery. That's right, you can put your work on display. You don't even have to be a member of SCBWI to look at it. Just scroll down to their link (under links for illustrators). When you bring up the site, click on the box that says 'for illustrators'. Next click on 'The SCBWI Illustrator's Gallery'. How easy is that. To look up an illustrator there is an option to either put the name in a search bar, or look them up alphabetically. I just added my name this morning, but you have to be a member to add a portfolio.
When you are looking at a portfolio, you can click on an image to enlarge it, thus seeing more of the incredible detail.
Putting your work on display like this is a great way to share your work with other illustrators.
On an SCBWI Illustrator's blog, I found the following quote by Patrick Collins, the Creative Director at Henry Holt Books,“A portfolio should include about 10 pieces of your best work. Be selective. Don’t include more than 20 pieces. At least 3 of the works should show characters, people or animals, in scenes or poses that tell a story. The characters’ faces and body language should express emotion and attitudes in such a way that the image establishes a mood and tells the story. Portraits, landscapes and florals don’t do the job in this business.”
So here is the challenge to all you artsy types. Get out there, join SCBWI and get your work up where people can see it. I did.