I am delighted to have become part of the Children's Illustrator's .com community. A collection of extremely diverse and talented illustrators from across the world, all available to see in one directory.
As I am quite new to the realm of children's picture books, having begun my journey into this form of illustration in 2022, Children's Illustrators is the prime place to start advertising my work and make connections in the world of children's book publishing.
What is Children's Illustrators .com?
This creative online directory of illustrators specialises in illustrators of children's books, and allows you to have an online portfolio presence to support your profile. You do not need to be represented by an illustration agent to become part of this unique, one stop online resource. Like myself, you can self-represent, be at the beginning of your journey or, like many on the site, have had a long career in producing artwork for children's publishing.
I am very much looking forward to the opportunities and connections in the publishing world that may arise from being part of this wonderful illustration website. And I aim to update it regularly with my newest illustration pieces as they develop in my portfolio. Watch this space!
My Children's Illustration Portfolio
On the childrensillustrators.com website, I have included a variety of artwork from my portfolio, including, obviously, illustrations of animals or people that I have created for the children's book market. However, I have also included my surface pattern design work too as my style is lively and colourful, and often I have been told that it is appealing for children too. It can be viewed here: https://childrensillustrators.com/laurathompson/portfolio
Promoting Illustration Work for Children's Books
They also regularly promote their members through email newsletters and on their social media, which can be found here:
There is also the option to enhance your marketing and be more visible on their website by signing up to be "promo boost" for a 7 day slot to be featured on their homepage and in their newsletter and social media. Plus if you have published work, you can upgrade your illustration profile to be able to celebrate all your successes.
Well worth considering in the future.
From Children's Illustrators website:
"Childrensillustrators.com is the leading professional showcase for the world's most talented children's illustrators. Established in 2004, CI's mission is to simplify the process of sourcing artists by offering commissioners a highly comprehensive and inspirational directory of portfolios."