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Portfolio Reviews

So you want to be a picture-book illustrator? You have sketchbooks full of drawings. You have piles of doodles, a website full of examples, tear-sheets, scribbles, and ideas galore. But do you have a portfolio you can send a publisher? And what does a picture-book illustration portfolio even look like?

If something is holding you back from submitting your portfolio, if you’ve been getting silence after submitting, or if you simply don’t know where to begin, then you have come to the right place.


About the Reviewer

Hello, I’m Margrete Lamond. I’m a working publisher, a published and award-winning author, a gallery curator and a picture-book art director. I have over twenty years’ experience publishing award-winning picture-books, have worked with some of the best illustrators in the world and have mentored numerous first-time illustrators through their first (and subsequent) books.

I also know just too well how hard it can be to capture a busy publisher’s attention at first glance. Which means I know just what an ideal portfolio would look like … and I would love to help you achieve this!


Getting industry feedback

We all crave industry feedback. Industry insiders are on the front line, they know what works and what doesn’t, they are deeply knowledgeable and widely experienced. But most editors and publishers have incredibly demanding schedules, and are unable to offer constructive feedback to anything other than contracted projects. At the same time, publishers are always on the lookout for fresh new visual voices, and for strong, vivid and appealing portfolios. Publishers long to be captivated. This can make the world of publishing seem contrary, impenetrable and remote … but it doesn’t have to be.

Who is it for?

Whatever your level or background experience, I have worked with others like you, and can offer professional advice on how to maximise the impact of your portfolio.

  • Art students with a dream to illustrate picture books

  • Studio artists eager to move into the world of picture-book illustrating

  • Advertising illustrators keen try their hand at illustrating picture-books

  • Established illustrators wanting to break out of a current style and try something completely new


How does it work?

Taking into account your level of experience and your personal style, I offer

  • Personalised attention

  • Detailed written feedback on your submitted images

  • Pointers for putting your best foot forward

  • Comprehensive notes on how to massage, build, extend, revise or change your portfolio to make it the best it can possibly be