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Strangehollow & Faeries of the Faultlines

We’ve always supported amazing illustrators and artists by buying their products and books if we can, but we know from personal experience (Mail Me Art, Showcase 100, Saltopus) what a huge financial burden it is to produce anything more than a couple of dozen copies of a product. Even then, if you were to sell every copy of your “short run” (which will normally be POD if you’re lacking funds) you’ll still be out of pocket unless you are printing and selling several thousand copies when you take all the costs into account.

Strangehollow

Emily Hare and Iris Compiet, two artists we love and admire are in this boat at the moment! Emily currently has an awesome Kickstarter campaign on the go (ends May 11th) and Iris has one starting in June. Kickstarter is an excellent way to support the artists you love and get something in return. Seeing artists like Emily Hare have the funds upfront (20k and counting) to be able to produce her Strangehollow book is fantastic! I know Kickstarter doesn’t work for everyone, but being able to secure your customers before investing several thousand into production is a godsend for illustrators who create beautiful work, but don’t otherwise have the funds or assurances to bring it to the masses. Illustrators don’t want your charity, what they want to do is create and share their work by getting their products to market to support themselves, like any other business.

Faeries of the Faultlines

If you enjoy an artist’s work and they’re running a Kickstarter campaign or selling products, support them by making a purchase or pledge. Doing this allows them to do what they do and continue to create new and wonderful illustrations for your enjoyment.

Make a pledge to Emily Hare’s Strangehollow
bit.ly/Strangehollow

Follow Iris Compiet’s Faeries of the Faultlines
facebook.com/events/215281305637808
facebook.com/faeriesofthefaultlines/

How to Hire a Children’s Illustrator

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If you’ve written a manuscript or are planning on writing a children’s book, there’s a very handy FAQ over on the Hire an Illustrator staff blog. It covers everything from whether you should actually be hiring an illustrator or not and how much it’s going to cost you. If you’re not an author and have joined the dark side as an illustrator it’s probably worth checking out yourself too. The questions were devised and answered by Ginger Nielson who has years of experience in the publishing industry and has created almost 40 children’s books herself.

Visit: How to Hire a Children’s Illustrator

Image Credit… The Waif by Peter George.

The work of award winner artist John Hendrix

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For some reason I’d not come across John Hendrix‘s work before, even though he seems to have won dozens of awards and has worked for nearly every client under the sun. I accidentally stumbled across his work on Facebook a couple weeks ago and was really taken with it. So I thought it was only fair to share his awesome illustrations with the rest of you. I’ll have to see if he’s interested in doing an interview.

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There’s a very nice video interview with John if you want to find out more about him.

“Bikefriendly Alligator” by Carlos Araujo

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Carlos Araujo’s illustration for the “Bikefriendly Imagination” Art Show and Book. Produced by Göoo Publishing (Argentina) the 168 pages book is full of beautiful artwork from artist from all corners of the world. The Art Show took place in Argentina and Colombia.

External Link: “Bikefriendly Alligator” by Carlos Araujo