I wouldn't never supposed my previous entry could provoke so many comments and so different opinions about the same argument, I mean: my illustrations are not suitable for young readers...or to make it clear, my style is too gloomy to illustrate a book for children.
I understand we could discuss this matter for days, without finding the best solution to it! It's also a question about what you like and what you dislike. Personal tastes, you know?
What I say now it's what comes from my personal experience, and it means that my opinion is not a unquestionable truth. And I'm often ironical in what I write ...
Let's start with: geography!
I'm Italian and I live in Italy. What I write and I what I post to 'Angels and Insects' often refers to the Italian/European situation. I need to say that because about the 70% of people who follow this blog are not Italian and most important, are not European. Publishing conditions/circumstances might differ in Europe if compared to the ones you can find in US or Australia or Far East countries. I don't mean they are worse or better, I mean they're VERY different sometimes. There're marked differences inside Europe as well. For example, the same book can be a best-seller in France and a complete fiasco in Italy. Education system also varies widely from country to country. An art editor who lives and works in UK could have a completely different cultural and scholastic background than an art editor who lives and works in Italy and obviously different opinions on the same art matter. The plot thickens!
I apologize for this boring introduction, but I would like to clarify why I'm used to post very discouraging entries sometimes ... not often, luckily! I hate complaining and whining ^_^ but you know, it happens that you feel a little bit disappointed! Anyhow, I understand some of my entries might seem completely out of place if you can't refer to their causes. I'm sorry if my writing was muddled.
To get back to the subject, people who live in Italy commented on my previous post by saying:"You're right!", people who don't live in Europe said:"You're wrong!" ^_^
It's not so clear and definite of course, you can find good dark books for children in Italy too but often the situation is the one I mentioned before.
I should add that in the past one of the [kind] refusal I got, came from a French author who underlined how my style was gloomy ^_^ Others came from art editors that I suppose they are all professional in their approach to the problem. They love what I do but all stress the fact I should be more colorful and brighter if I want to illustrate books for children.
I repeat, finally it's also a matter of what you like and what you don't like, but I think that your cultural background or simply what is cool and what is not in the art market now might affect the opinion of an art editor or an author. It's not a criticism, just a reflection.
That said, I never give up, of course! First because I need to improve a lot, both technically and artistically then because I believe in what I do and I enjoy illustration!
At last, thank you again for your comments and support, you're GREAT!...hmmm, I should make another Fan Appreciation Giveaway, probably ... ^_-