The ASA Style File is a curated portfolio site for illustrators to showcase their work. Originally set up more than 10 years ago, it has become a respected source of high quality illustrators for the Australian publishing community, launching the careers of many well-known Australian illustrators.
Thanks to the support of the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, the ASA was able to build a fresh new website, designed to support a broader range of illustrators and to encourage as many new work opportunities for our illustrators as possible, both locally and internationally.
In the last twelve months, we have received nearly 100 job enquiries through ASA Style File portfolios. This means about 75% of illustrators featured on Style File have received a professional offers directly through the platform so far.
The ASA Style File service includes:
- 9-image SEO-enhanced portfolios featured on asastylefile.com, which is regularly promoted to the ASA’s network and wider industry network.
- A streamlined browsing system which will allow potential employers to find illustrators easily and quickly.
- A Job Board providing potential employers an opportunity to advertise their illustration jobs to the ASA Style File network.
- Access to Illustrator mentorships with ASA member discounts
Submission Process and Requirements:
Open for submissions 3 August 2022, 9AM AEST.
Submissions Close 28 September 2022, 5pm AEST (extended from 23 September 2022)
Results announced the week starting 24 October 2022.
In order to ensure that ASA Style File promotes portfolios of a professional standard, illustrators wishing to be included must submit their work for approval by an expert panel. Applications must meet the Terms and Conditions and be submitted via the online form.
There is a $20 (inc GST) administration fee to submit an application to ASA Style File. You do not need to be an ASA member to submit, but if your submission is successful you will have to join the ASA and pay an annual Style File subscription fee of $96 (inc GST).
You must submit 9 images from your portfolio, selecting one specialty and one medium for each image. These categories will determine how the illustrations can be searched on the portfolio website.
The full list of categories can be found in the Terms and Conditions.
The images will be need to be submitted as JPEG or PNG files and have square dimensions with a minimum width and height of 1920 pixels (i.e. 1920 x 1920 pixels). We recommend keeping the images at or below 72dpi where possible.
You will also be asked to provide a 150-word max. bio and contact information for your portfolio.
How do I submit?
Pay your application fee and submit your portfolio via the links below:
If you have any questions about applying to ASA Style File or would like to be notified when the next round opens, please email email@example.com
2022 Assessment Panel
Aśka is a visual storyteller, a comics maker, a children’s illustrator and an ex-quantum physicist. A hugely engaging and popular presenter, Aśka is passionate about visual literacy, and has published more than ten books, comics and graphic novels. Most recent title is the CBCA Notable, ALIA Notable and Comic Arts Awards Australia Shortlisted YA graphic novel STARS IN THEIR EYES, with Jessica Walton, which was bought by Scholastic US in 2022. Aśka has been a judge for the CBCA’s Make Your Own Storybook Competition five years running, is an organising committee member for the Perth Comic Arts Festival, regularly contributes to The School Magazine and spent four years as an Illustrator Co-ordinator in the WA branch of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. When not telling stories with pictures, Aśka is travelling across Western Australia as a roving science communicator.
Simon Howe is an illustrator and author with a broad appetite for children’s literature, animation, storytelling and design. He has worked with a number of major publishers including Harper Collins, Penguin Random House, Scholastic, Allen & Unwin and Har
die Grant Children’s Publishing. In 2022, his works were nominated for several awar
ds, including at the Australian Book Industry Awards, Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards, and the Australian Book Design Awards. He has also collaborated extensively with ARIA award-winning children’s music group, Teeny Tiny Stevies, designing and animating many of their music videos. His first authored picture book, Shoosh!, was published in 2020 by the State Library of Queensland.