I've spent much of the last week mulling over the whole question of what agency to go with. I talked to several agents, a bunch of talented artists and other contacts in the children's book business. They all had great advice, and they all contradicted one another. My wife and I made a list of pros and cons of going with one agency over another, but the cons could be seen as pros and the pros cons. In the end I decided to wait before getting an agent. I had a long conversation with an agent who was extremely honest and generous with his thoughts. Talking to him I realized my work isn't where I want it, I don't want to push my work internationally until I know what I'm pushing. I've decided to spend some time developing a set of sample pictures that fully represent how I want to be known. I spent yesterday sketching and making lists of new paintings. So now I have a plan. I'm going to spend some time building up my portfolio and then look for an agent. Thanks to everyone who gave their thoughts on this. I hope I've made the right decision, it was more of a gut decision than anything.
The above pictures are a couple of dinosaur sketches I did for a project over the summer.