I'm taking some new steps towards getting my illustrations out there! After chatting with a colleague, I was directed towards a certain children's literature conference where I might be able to meet an agent. The conference is this weekend and I'm ready to go. Having funded the entire experience with a recent Kickstarter campaign, I've got all my promotional materials ready. And based on information I gather this weekend regarding the children's literature market, I'll soon create another series of images to freshen up my portfolio. Pragmatically, the artwork will help hone my portfolio towards this desired market. For me personally, this artwork will give me the chance to vet some cherished new ideas with a broader creative community than I've taken part in hitherto. And for my Kickstarter backers, the new artwork will be available in a special high-resolution version. More updates to follow.
I'm a huge nerd. Having said that, I'm also extremely excited about this color wheel that I spent way too much time creating last night. The original is a relatively huge file (as I seldom work on projects to print 40 inches wide) and my computer struggled a bit. Save times lingered. But finally, I've got my space-themed color wheel, which goes with my overall space theme for the art classroom this school year. I'm really pumped about this poster because it demonstrates so many great elements and principles of art: complementary colors (via the adorable little rocket journeys portrayed), how to mix secondary colors (see, for example, how the orange planet has rings of red and yellow), tertiary colors, warm versus cool colors, and even shades and tints (seen in the modeling of the various planets).
I'm inordinately proud of this thing. I should probably sell repros of it on a teacher website or something. The above is a smaller version, but if you want the gigantic file to print out for your classroom or whatever, for now just email me and we'll work something out! D@dcondry.com, with "AWESOME PLANETARY COLOR WHEEL!" in the subject line. :-)
Some of these drawings will serve as rewards for backers on my Kickstarter campaign (which ends tonight!). If you'd like a rare original one of these drawings, donate $25 or more here. Although I've already hit my goal, I thought I'd try and stretch a bit so I can get some new art supplies and become part of theispot.com, an online hub for illustrators looking to connect with potential clients.
The Kickstarter was super fun and will allow me to participate in an upcoming conference with the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. I'm hoping to make some good contacts there and thus connect my illustration work with the kid's book market. At very least, I'm going to turn the whole experience into a slew of new artwork, so keep your eyes open for related posts coming up!
I'm going to Miami! My awesome business partner and co-collaborator Mary Huckstep has been working tirelessly to promote our recent book, Mary Mary Quite: On Raising Children (And Other Mind-Altering Substances). And her efforts have paid off! The book has won a number of awards, including one that I'm particularly proud of: the gold illustration award at Reader's Favorite! They have a page set up for our book here -- check it out! There's a brilliant review by Cheryl E. Rodriguez and a silver medal for non-fiction humor as well. The award ceremony is in Miami. Mary and I will both be there. We'll be further promoting the book of course, in part by handing out the above postcard that I designed during a snow day off of work (still teaching art and loving it!). And if you're in the area, we'll also be having a book signing a local bookstore called "The Bible Emporium" on Saturday, November 21st.
P.S. This is my first illustration award and I'm pumped. If you see me, buy me a dirty chai (that's a chai tea latte with a shot of espresso) -- it's my favorite drink and a fitting congratulations. :-)