Sea Foam Magazine Feature

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Oh my blog! My animations, music and insights are now featured on Sea Foam Magazine!

Even though I have decided to leave my music career behind me to focus on illustration and other slightly more legitimate ventures (there’s only so much time!), it still feels good to share what I’ve put my energy into with the world.

Oh, and there is free music!

Download a free track from my album “The Bridge” and read about my music and animations in this article by !

 

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How To Set Up Your Illustration Portfolio

15 Essential Steps to Assembling the Perfect Illustration Portfolio

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Establishing Yourself Online and What to Include

Step 1: Hello World

Create a blog or website on WordPress or other web hosting site.

 

Use your own name for your blog or brand domain name if it is available.

Step 2: Become Legit

Purchase your domain name! Now you are legit DOT COM.

Step 3: Visual Branding Choices

  • Create a logo
  • Develop the overall visual branding of your site
  • Use easy to read typefaces and simple color choices that visually compliment your illustration style.

Consider user experience and some basic web design best practices during this part.

Step 4: Hook it up (Optional but recommended)

Create new accounts on various social media platforms for just your illustration. I recommend starting with Instagram and Pinterest. Once you have the accounts established, connect them to your site.

Consider signing up for a free content management system like Hootsuite to publish your posts across various platforms

Step 5: Assemble and Publish Your Portfolio

Potential clients and art directors will most likely view your work online. However, If you are seeing a client in person, bring a physical copy of your portfolio with you.

What to include in your portfolio

Be consistent. Art directors stake their reputations on the ability of the artist to deliver great work. In order to set their mind at ease, your portfolio needs to prove your ability to do consistently great work.

Show only one style at a time. Using many different styles in your portfolio will create questions. Art directors and clients want to know what to expect from you.

Show consistency within characters. Draw characters from multiple angles, with varied expressions, engaged in a variety of activities and in different locations.

If you are a children’s book illustrator, draw children!

When drawing characters, do not have them looking directly at the viewer. This is breaking the “fourth wall” – akin to your favorite TV actor looking directly at the camera.

Show a variety of ages, races and genders.

Show animals, but only if they are part of an illustration project and not stand-alone fine art pieces.

Remove any image from your portfolio that is not an illustration. (Consider drawing a self portrait for your internet avatars and your “About Me” section.)

Draw different objects! Draw lamps, cars, furniture, cell phones, ect!

Show that you can express different moods for different times of day. A fall evening, a winter morning, a summer night, sunny days, overcast days, ect.

Show interior drawings (living rooms, kitchens, offices) and exterior drawings (grass, forests, mountains, fields, cities).

Show that you can illustrate different time periods (1950s, 15th century, ect.) Make sure the dress, architecture and technology are appropriate to the time!

The images in your portfolio should look like professional assignments. To accomplish this, do a self-driven project where you provide your own illustrations for stories or articles that have already been illustrated by someone else. Traditional tales or nursery rhymes can be an easy starting point for experimentation.

10 strong images is way better than 10 strong images and 10 not-so-strong images. Only show your best work. You don’t want to be remembered for your weakest piece.

Provide black and white as well as color illustrations. If it’s not there, an art director will assume you can’t do it. If you can work using black and white as well as color, show it! 

Those are the essentials steps to assembling the perfect portfolio!

Art directors, illustrators, dear readers If I left anything out please let me know in the comments!

For new illustrators, I highly recommend subscribing to children’s book author Will Terry’s YouTube Channel. His videos are incredibly helpful and a lot of this information was mined from his video for “How To Set Up Your Illustration Portfolio”!

FOR MORE IN-DEPTH INFO ON WHAT TO PUT IN YOUR PORTFOLIO, CHECK OUT THESE OTHER HELPFUL ARTICLES AND SOURCES:

http://businessofillustration.com/

Hey Art Directors—What Do You Think About Illustrators?

The Illustrator’s Portfolio

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Myron S. Kaufmann Quote

 

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“Watching something grow is good for morale, it helps us believe in life.” -Myron S.Kaufmann

 

Myron Kaufmann (August 27, 1921 – January 29, 2010) was an American Jewish novelist best remembered for his popular 1957 novel, Remember Me to God.

Kaufmann was raised in Belmont, Massachusetts. As a boy, he composed serial adventure stories to entertain his classmates. He was valedictorian of his Belmont High School graduating class. He attended Harvard University with a concentration in biochemistry. After graduating in 1943, he entered the U.S. Army where he was trained as a Japanese translator.

Remember Me to God is set at Harvard. It deals with identity, assimilation, and the struggle of the son of Jewish immigrants to enter American society. At the time of his 25th Harvard reunion, he wrote:

“The existence of a vigorous orthodox Jewish community on the Harvard campus was inconceivable in our time. About two years ago I walked in on a group of Harvard students on an ordinary sabbath eve. As soon as ten were present, a service began. There followed a kosher dinner until someone began the grace-after-meals. After that psalms were sung in the original tongue…. For the past few years Kosher TV dinners have been available in the House dining halls upon a surcharge of fifty cents … how impossible it was twenty-five years ago for all this to exist—how impossible it was to believe it ever could exist. We had not the skill, we had not the knowledge. We had not the will.”[4]

Critic Louis Harap considers Remember Me To God to be “a memorable treatment of the problem” of Jewish identity and assimilation in America.[5]

Today, the novel is perhaps as widely read by sociologists and historians of the American Jewish experience, as by literary critics.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myron_Kaufmann

 

5 Fascinating Facts About International Women’s Day

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International Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated on March 8 every year.

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Afganistan, 2002 ceremony at the Ministry of Women’s Affairs

The focus of International Women’s Day ranges from a celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women to a celebration for women’s economic, political, and social achievements.

#1. The International Woman’s Day theme for 2016 is “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality”.

A UN Women’s celebratory event is being held in Beijing with musical performances, high-powered speakers and celebrities including President of Liberia Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Former United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Academy Award-winning actress Patricia Arquette, Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio, global philanthropist Melinda Gates, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and actor-director from India Farhan Akhtar, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and luminaries from politics, the arts, activism and philanthropy.

#2. The earliest Women’s Day observance was held on February 28, 1909, in New York; it was organized by the Socialist Party of America in remembrance of the 1908 strike of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union.

In the West, International Women’s Day was first observed as a popular event after 1977 when the United Nations General Assembly invited member states to proclaim March 8 as the UN Day for women’s rights and world peace.

#3. In Taiwan, International Women’s Day is marked by the annual release of a government survey on women’s waist sizes, accompanied by warnings that weight gain can pose a hazard to women’s health.

Gee, thanks!

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The Yellow Mimosa
#4. In countries like Portugal groups of women usually celebrate on the night of March 8 in “women-only” dinners and parties. 

In other countries, the custom of giving women flowers still prevails. The yellow mimosa is the symbol of International Women’s day in Italy and Russia. In France, it is violets or lily-of-the-valley.

#5. The United States has yet to officially recognize International Women’s Day as a national holiday.

In February, 1994, H.J. Res. 316 was introduced by Rep. Maxine Waters, along with 79 cosponsors, in an attempt to officially recognize March 8 of that year as International Women’s Day. The bill was subsequently referred to, and remained in, the House Committee on Post Office and Civil Service. No vote of either house of Congress was achieved on this piece of legislation.

Thank you for reading these fascinating facts about International Women’s Day!

Here are a few ways to get involved supporting gender equality and women’s empowerment around the world:

  • Take part in one of UN Women’s campaigns or professional networks.
  • Raise awareness on social media.
  • Donate or volunteer your time to a cause that helps women in your local community.

Your voice matters. Your actions make it real.

For more information, visit
http://www.unwomen.org/en/get-involved