Illustration Portfolio Workshop

I was able to attend a great workshop this past weekend. NJ SCBWI organized this event with Laurent Linn, (Art Director at Simon & Schuster), and Pat Cummings, (Professor at Pratt Institute and Illustrator of many picture books).


Above: Left to right, Beth Bogert, Laurent Linn, Doris Ettlinger

My goal in attending this workshop was to try to find out where my work fits in, and how best to market my style. I went into the workshop with all of my work and sketches all put together in my portfolio. I found out so much valuable information from these two very generous professionals. Here is what I wrote to Karen Romagna, who organized this event along with Leeza Hernandez, (NJ SCBWI RA)…

Great event! Thank you so much to everyone!! There was so much information that was gained all day long.

It was a huge benefit to be able to hear feedback and see other portfolios, we definitely gained from being able to do this as a group.

Before this event I was growing more and more confused as to which direction to take my work and portfolio. I have heard from so many professionals, agents, etc. that my style wasn’t what they were looking for.

After spending the day with Pat Cummings and Laurent Linn, I now have a much better understanding of exactly what that means as far as Mass Market vs Trade, and I have a definite direction…AND alot of work ahead of me!! 😉 I now know that I need to stop marketing my mass market style to trade professionals for one thing! Ah-ha moment! 😉


Above: An example of what might show the two styles, mass market on left and a much softer trade style on the right.

I also realized that I needed to change my attitude about my website, and quick! I have been leaving my updating as a last resort for the day that i will “have some time”…of course that never happens! After this workshop I am realizing that my website image-updating needs to be my number one priority! The website is basically the sole representation of your work these days. There aren’t many one on one physical portfolio viewings anymore. Great big wake up call for me!! Thanks again for setting up this important event.

Pat suggested purchasing a catalog from the Society of Illustrators children’s book art exhibit, (which i did right away).


Lorraine Dey

A book-in-the-works!

I am taking on another book project. I am currently sketching out the page illustrations for a book I am working on.  It features “Jodie”, a little tiger cat that has no stripes!?! This sketch from the preliminary pages is perfect for this week’s IF image.  The topic is “Separated”. Look for more on Jodie coming very soon. 🙂

Look for more on “Jodie” and the new book…”My Cat Wears Blue” by Lorraine Dey.

Happy Holidays! Thanks for stopping in. 🙂


Black and White Art!

I’m working on my B&W art style…

First, I have to say how sorry I am that I have neglected this blog for way too long.  I am going to change up the format a little so that it is a easier for me to make regular posts.  I will be posting my work in progress, my “Illustration Friday” entries, and news and updates as far as my work and publication efforts go.

This week’s IF image is for the subject “Brigade”. Click on image to view it at a larger size.

I may add interesting things that I have learned in this industry and helpful tips for other illustrators from time to time, but I will be turning my efforts over to my drawing table.  I will also be posting sketches that are in progress, letting you in on current projects, and upcoming new projects. I hope you will keep coming back, and please feel free to comment!! 😉 Happy Holidays!

Lorraine Dey – author/illustrator

Inside the illustrator’s Studio

Inside the Artist/Illustrator’s Studio

I always find it interesting as an illustrator to see the various work spaces of fellow artists.  We are very similar in that most of our work is done in solitude, we enjoy the work we do, and we are inspired by each other.

However our differences show in our work spaces and how we actually do the work… the tools we use, the reference, and the decor… of course the decor! 😉 Just kidding… most of us work amoung stacks of art boards, supplies, paper and books.  I know for myself, I work much better if my space is organized somewhat and if things are getting out of hand, I have to take time to get it straightened out before I can really dive into that next project I need to illustrate.

I decided to take you on a mini-tour of a few artist’s studio spaces.  I will share some of my own studio images as well as several other artist’s.  We will start with mine…

Lorraine Dey’s Studio

Since I do the majority of my finished work on the computer as digital paintings in Adobe Photoshop or vector art in Adobe Illustrator, my studio is predominantly based around my computer set up.  I also have a small art table for my initial sketching and pencil roughs, (although I usually sketch while sitting in my recliner or in a beach chair if possible!)

Fine artists like Todd White paint at their easels while digital artists sit at a computer for hours.

Above photo is Susan Sorell Hill’s studio

Above photo is Mike Weber’s Studio

The studio space is one that truly reflects the style and personality of the artist. They range from the eclectic and fun, to the sophisticated and organized. Check out some of the photo links below for more artist’s studios…

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you enjoyed the tours. 😉

Lorraine Dey

illustrator – Deystudio, LLC (
(click on the “about” tab above to see more about Deystudio, LLC)

This month’s featured blog… “Building a Studio Space”


Featured image for this month…(from my RF stock portfolio)