Since graduating from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2008, I have been navigating the sea of Freelance Illustration with enthusiasm and ambition. After a few years of consistent rejection from publishing companies I decided I needed to take it up several notches. In an industry that is hesitant to take a chance on new talent, I was fighting a losing battle with my standard promotional mailers and marketing techniques.
A few years ago I decided to illustrate a Norwegian folk tale that I have loved to death since I was a child. It was partially an attempt to prove to myself and to publishing companies that I was capable of illustrating an entire story in great detail, as well as a personal journey to fully explore a story I had always appreciated. This collection of twelve watercolor and gouache illustrations is the result of not only over a year of painting, but also several months of research in order to capture some of the beautiful and cultural uniqueness of Norway and its history, animals, landscape and people.
What's the story about?
'East of the Sun, West of the Moon' tells the story of a young woman's journey across land, sea and air to free a spellbound prince from his enchantment. The polar bear is transformed into a prince too soon by the young woman's curiosity, and is now cursed to marry a troll princess unless the young woman can find a way to free him from his prison. But first, she must find her way to the castle that sits east of the sun and west of the moon with the help of the four winds and three kindly witches.
The illustrations are finished. Now I need to get them to publishers. This is where you come in.
If the paintings are finished what do you need funding for?
With help from you, the funding is going to offset the enormous cost of having full color, professional quality book samples (or dummies) made, and the cost to have them shipped in promotional packets to publishers. These packets will include a layout of the illustrations and the story, to give the publisher a better idea of how the final product would look if they were to take it to print after fine tuning. The idea of the book dummy is to show the publisher and the arts editor that not only am I a talented Illustrator, but that I understand the needs of their business. With reputable publishing houses located all over the world, the cost of international shipping is also a factor.
Why is this so important to you?
It has been my dream to see my work on a book shelf in the children's section of the book store and the library. I want readers to be so enchanted by the images they see that they can't turn the page, but also can't wait to see what comes next. With your help I can get one step closer to that goal.
Where can we see more illustrations from the story?
To see more of the illustrations I've created for this story, visit my blog at:
Once there, search the tag 'ESWM' and you'll be all set!
- (30 days)