Interview with Patrick Collins at our Summer Conference

P1010003Patrick Collins, the Creative Director at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers answered a few questions during a fruitful portfolio critique last summer.

What do you look for in a portfolio ?

“A portfolio should include about 10 pieces of your best work.  Be selective.  Don’t include more than 20 pieces.  At least 3 of the works should show characters, people or animals, in scenes or poses that tell a story.  The characters’ faces and body language should express emotion and attitudes in such a way that the image establishes a mood and tells the story.  Portraits, landscapes and florals don’t do the job in this business.” 

 What style of art do you seek to fill your studio needs?

“We purchase art for picture books in which the styles vary in any media:, middle grade books that includes color jackets and interior black and white images, and young adult book jackets that run from being realistic to decorative and symbolic.”

Do you like to receive postcards?

“Yes, I prefer postcards to unsolicited emails.  Send a card a couple of times a year.  Be selective.  Choose something that is absolutely great!  The best piece.  Don’t rush it.  It doesn’t have to be connected to any other images in a series.”

What do you look for in a new artist?

“The majority of our new artists have a fair amount of experience working for other publishers and are just new to our house.  Some are experienced artists new to children’s book publishing. 

May an artist schedule a portfolio review with you?

“Yes.  We have “Drop Off Portfolio Day” every Monday.  You don’t need to schedule an appointment for that.  You just stop by on a Monday and leave your portfolio.  Someone will review it when it’s convenient.  You pick it up later in the day.  You can also schedule a conference with me to review your portfolio.   Arrangements must be made in advance for that.  Also, I lead portfolio workshops at various conferences like this one.”

Karen Jo (Rockville, MD)


~ by mdpictureit on September 8, 2009.

One Response to “Interview with Patrick Collins at our Summer Conference”

  1. Great info! Thanks, Karen Jo.

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