I am glad that the SCBWI India Chapter has gotten active from this year on and June 17th was the Online Portfolio review for the Picture book Illustrator's community.
I was very much aware that none of my art pieces were of the portfolio standard as I am still in process of building my portfolio for Children's books. But still I went ahead and uploaded all those works that I felt were better than the rest on to my website. I was not so happy with it and knew what the response would be, but still wanted to see what the panel have to say about it. This event happened at the right time when I was seriously working towards my portfolio. I understood what comes easy to me, what my strengths are and what areas need more practice.
I learnt a lot from this event about the Indian publisher's expectation from a picture book illustrator. They majorly favored the hand-drawn illustrations than the ones done digitally. Directly or indirectly, the panel did an excellent job to give me a better insight of myself. It gave me a different perspective to look at my work. It's very much clear that you cannot make everyone happy with your work, there would always be mixed opinions as everyone is a different individual and all have their own thought processes. It's up to the artist/illustrator to take the best out of such reviews and work on what they love to do and at the same time hone their craft to a greater level.
I am super charged to work towards my "real" portfolio now; I have some books lined up for reading as I have to master certain areas before I even experiment on that. :-)