Going back to pixels

Well, I took part in a portfolio intensive critique earlier this year via my SCBWI membership, and it was an eye-opener for sure that knocked me sideways for a few days. I’ve now put aside (sadly) Don’t let the Dragons Bite after being told that the style of illustration probably wouldn’t be picked up by publishers, and neither would my B/W line art in its current form. Despite all of the positive feedback, at the end of the day my work is at the mercy of the publisher’s style sheet that dictates what sells and what doesn’t.

On the other hand, I received a fair amount of positive feedback for my pixel art (which I’d only put back in the portfolio at the last minute). So I’ve returned to this to shop around in order to chase some measure of commercial success…