Monday, November 28, 2011

Ask the AD

Illustrator Sam Weber hosts a radio show every Wednesday called 'Your Dreams, My Nightmares'
He was supposed to interview Art Director Irene Gallo last week, but had to postpone it due to unforeseen circumstances. The interview will instead take place this Wednesday, the 30th, 8pm EST.

Sam Weber's painting, commissioned by Irene Gallo
Not only is this a great chance to hear industry insights directly from the mouth of one of the top SFF ADs in the world, but it's also a chance to ask your own questions! Want to know how many pieces you should put in a portfolio? Or perhaps where the best place to meet an AD is? Just ask! Sam will be checking the comments section of this post, so leave your questions for Irene here.

Or, if you prefer, you can ask your questions directly. Sam take calls, so if you're interested in asking a question on the air the number is: 212.592.2345

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  1. Such a great illustration. It reminds me that I still need to read this book. Orson Scott Card is good stuff.

    Right now I have an online portfolio of 13 pieces. I've been told as many as 20 is fine. How many is enough?

    The AD question is a great one too. I'm about to jump in and join the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. But where else can I pick up my own friendly neighborhood AD?


  2. Sweet can't wait to hear the show!

    Would a live Art Director critique of a portfolio be too much to ask for?

    If so then my other question would be: Are Art Directors more inclined to hire artists from referral than just new artists submitting portfolios via emails?

  3. I will be looking forward to the radio show.

    As far as questions? Is it frowned upon to illustrate existing fairy tales/iconic characters for your portfolio or is it better to completely make up all the characters to show off your skill and creativity.

    In addition to that question, is it a waste of time to create a new version of a book cover for something that currently exists with your own vision. Is it possible for it to be positive when you prove that the artist can pay close attention to the details of the books story?

    Thanks for your time and any questions you may answer.

  4. This should be a good show, I can't wait! I have a couple of questions that could be helpful with my dissertation, and I'd love to hear your thoughts.

    I'm writing about the role of book covers, how they're perceived and how their design is influenced by modern marketing and retail. I love your book covers Sam, particularly the Wheel of Time one, and I was wondering...

    How is creating a cover for an e-book different from that of a paperback? Is there more or less creative freedom?

    What changes do you think the publishing industry is likely to go through in the future, and how do you think that this will affect illustrators?

    I look forward to hearing you both on the show, and thanks in advance for any light you can throw on this subject!

  5. Thanks for reposting this Dan. This interview was supposed to happen last week, but because of the holiday was postponed until tomorrow. Really looking forward to speaking with Irene, as she is not only an amazing art director but also a fantastic speaker(she may deny it, but it is true). Hopefully I'll get a chance to answer as many of your questions as possible.

  6. Hi Sam,

    Thanks for doing the interview with Irene Gallo.
    It was great. Thanks to Irene to.

    This blog post worked out fantastic as I discovered your art for basically the first time, and got to listen to Irene again - I saw her at IMC2010 [I'm a non-pro part time dabbling artist trying to get past the non pro part time dabbling artist phase].

    I am very, very intrigued by your acrylic work. I need to get up the $ and time to buy some acrylics and use them with water... and then see what happens.

    Your Lord of the flies painting is haunting. Geeze that just brings reading that story from high school 30 years ago right back. Which quite frankly makes me not want to read the book again.
    [not that it was a bad story... I'm just not in the mood to read about that side of humanity right now]

    Thanks a lot.


    PS If my web link works there are two IMC2010 movies. It's not just about illustration... some artist can really play soccer to.


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