All Good Things Must Come to an End.
Meg here, with an important message. Today marks our one-year anniversary of the project. It’s really hard to do this, but I think Picture Book Report is going to retire.
In the year that we’ve done this, a lot has happened. People have moved, mourned losses, found amazing projects stemming from this one, and just managed to knock out beautiful art on a pretty consistent basis. I’m ridiculously proud. But at the same time, the reasons for starting Picture Book Report were simple: make good work, get people excited about illustration, and get talented people good work. All those nails have been hit. For me, it led to a few projects but it also has led to me at the current day questioning what is my next step as an illustrator. I have a lot of work to do to find that out, but I hope one day it does mean more books and illustration. I know for me, Alice will be completed– I’d like to eventually put it into some kind of published form. I will continue to post it on my own portfolio/blogs/etc so please keep checking in with me!
I am proud to have started something that hadn’t really been done before– it led to interesting avenues, wonderful storytelling, and charming takes on classics and new books alike. It seems to have resounded well, with many fans staying along and enjoying the work, and creating their own in response. Incredible. In its current incarnation though, it needed to be stronger to survive. The up-side of this is that our contributors have been busy with real work, which you’ll see in the future and love like I will. Regardless, the biggest thing I have taken away from the project is this: be bold; take risks and do things that you will love, and the world will love it too.
To our Short Reports contributors- thank you so much. I still have entries I haven’t posted so what I will do next week is post them to share. Unfortunately running the blog was harder than I expected, so I thank you for your patience– but I’ll share the ones I have next week and end with a roundup of our contributing illustrators and what to look forward to from them next Friday, Feb 11.
To our readers– thank you, thank you, thank you. We have loved the support and the responses and the cheering on. The next things you see from these illustrators will be astounding, I promise you.
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