I am attending a conference for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in just a few weeks. For the last couple of months I have been concentrating on my portfolio, pulling out old pieces that I liked but thought I could make stronger, as well as working on new pieces. I'm choosing my 15 strongest pieces for a face-to-face portfolio review scheduled during the conference with someone in the industry who can give me some input and constructive criticism. I am sooooooooooo excited. (Sorry for the gush there.)
This is what the original piece looked like that I did for Illustration Friday - EXOTIC. I did it about a year and a half ago. It was not too bad but the poor little tiger doesn't have a chest and the background was just so-so.