My next goal for enhancing my real life portfolio is to add some dummy books: last year several children's publishers admired the contents of my portfolio, and said that they would like to see demonstrated how my illustrations could work in a book! I also want to follow Viviane Schwarz's example, and make my own sketchbooks specifically for some characters I am in the process of dreaming up.
In fact, I began experimenting with making books early in 2011, then put the construction phase on hold because of breaking my finger and damaging the tendons. Every week I notice new improvements to my hand, and am delighted this week to be able to do the necessary cutting, marking and stitching to complete the making of this pink sketchbook:
I've also finally sewn together these:
which were being held together with loops of ribbon. It makes such a difference to be able to turn the pages like a real book!
When funds and time permit, I'd like to treat myself to a course in bookbinding at the fabulous Shepherds Falkiners - my rudimentary skills, mostly gleaned from watching videos and experimenting, could be vastly improved with some practical guidance!