jhonnymcjhon asked: what is the best time of year to send out illustration promos in the mail? I just had my first foldout promo printed and Im worried because its the holiday season now and i dont want it to be overlooked
Now is a great time, actually. A lot of professionals take time off over the holidays, leaving opportunities open for new artists. When I was first getting started I always worked a lot in December, I suspect because more established illustrators were away enjoying their winter vacations. You’re correct in surmising that it’s best not to send promotional material out over the holidays, as it can get lost or ignored when busy people return from time off. But to be honest, waiting to promote yourself for any reason is generally a bad idea. More often than not, I’ve seen “waiting for the perfect moment” used as an excuse to procrastinate or delay promoting one’s work.
A print of my cover for The Uninvited is available in my store. 11 x 16 inches on archival rag paper. 95 USD plus shipping. You can buy it here.
Society of Illustrators Call For Entries
As the Chair for this year’s Society of Illustrator show, I was in charge of commissioning the Call For Entries poster. For the illustration, I asked one of my favourite illustrators, Vivienne Flesher. For the design, Chelsea Cardinal, who is a dear friend and multi-talented designer (who just happens to art direct at GQ Magazine).
After pairing Vivienne and Chelsea, I just tried to stay out of the way and let both do what they thought was best for the design. The final result is surprising, interesting, and beautiful, I think! What’s more, it’s truly a double-sided poster… Chelsea’s type on the back is just as compelling as the front image.
You can enter Society of Illustrator’s annual competition online now. Check out the list of stellar judges.
Sometimes I think people question the function of a place like SI or usefulness of annuals in the age of the internet. Fair question. Certainly there are myriad other ways of promoting yourself to art directors, meeting peers, and getting your work seen. However, I can’t think of many other institutions that exist solely for archiving and promoting illustration and its history. And besides, the parties are pretty bumpin’.
Thanks to Anelle and Kate for their help with the poster.
Vacation photos here.
Cover artwork for The Barrow, an upcoming novel by Mark Smylie set in the world of his Artesia comics. Out from Pyr Books in March 2014.
Nymph. Hand made collage on paper. You can see a few more on my website.
A few more smaller originals for sale: store.sampaints.com
Some originals up for sale on my website: store.sampaints.com
The Uninvited, for The Criterion Collection. Art direction and design by the amazing Eric Skillman. 20 x 30 inches, oil on board. Some more information and sketches on my website.