Illustrators Interview Series

Over the next few months we will be posting an interview a month that we had with some of the attendants of out Illustrators Conference. Get to know a few of our local illustrators and find out what the conference means for them.

INTERVIEW WITH NATALIE HOOPES

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What made you want to be an artist? And how long have you been pursuing illustration?

I’ve always wanted to be an artist of some sort. Illustration was a way to appease both my love of painting and telling stories. I’m still a little surprised that I can actually make a living out of doing something so enjoyable to me! I’ve only been seriously pursuing illustration for a couple of years so I’m still very much a novice.

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Why did you come to the Illustration Conference?

I went to the conference as a way to put myself out there. People always say that networking with other artists is one of the best things you can do so I’m trying to follow that advice, even if my shyness sometimes makes it difficult!

What did you hope to get out of the conference? 

I was hoping to learn some solid, practical advice about how to approach publishers or agents. It was my first ever conference so I didn’t know what to expect. Mostly I was going as a silent observer so I could absorb and know what to prepare for with future conferences.

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What did you do to prepare for the conference?

I made sure I had postcards with my artwork and contact info. I also brought a few copies of books I’d worked on in the past as well as a bound portfolio of my more recent work.

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Would you recommend the conference to others?

I would! The conference was a lot more intimate than I thought it would be so any newcomers shouldn’t feel intimidated. Just make sure to put yourself out there and don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to people.

check out her website here nataliehoopes.com you can follow her on Instagram and twitter @nanlikesbooks

For more information on this coming conference click here.

To regester for the conference click here.

 

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“What’s Your Story?” 2018 Illustrator’s Conference

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2018 SCBWI Utah Southern Idaho

Illustrator’s Conference

Any questions? email Manelle Oliphant illustration@manelleoliphant.com

Click HERE to Register

 

Utah/Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustration Conference

“What’s Your Story?”

March 3, 2018 at the Sons of the Utah Pioneers Building, 3301 East 2920 South,. Salt Lake City, Utah

 

Schedule

8:30 – 9:00 dried bread and water, networking, set up portfolios ($5.00 for portfolio display see details below) and grab a seat

9:00 – Welcome and announcements

9:15 – Richard Erickson: Helping You Be Successful Telling Stories Through Art Direction

10:15 – Brandon Dorman: Give Your Stars a Hand; 5 things you can do to help your stars align as an illustrator

11:15 ­– Breakout Sessions

            Shawna J.C. Tenney: The Art of the Picture Book Dummy

            Manelle Oliphant: What Should I Post On Social Media?

12:15 – Lunch: a hot bowl of soup and water (local art directors check out portfolios and have a bowl of soup)

1:15 – First Look Critique: Brandon Dorman, Richard Erickson, Shawna JC Tenney, and Manelle Oliphant

2:15 – Networking with Illustrator to Illustrator

2:45 – 3:30 Panel: Your Questions Answered by Brandon Dorman, Richard Erickson, Shawna JC Tenney, and Manelle Oliphant

 

Portfolio Reviews

Richard Erickson will be doing a limited number of individual 10-minute portfolio reviews. The fee is $45.00. Register before spaces fill up.

 

Portfolio Display

We hope you plan to participate in the portfolio display. All artists are welcome.

Register early or bring $5.00 the day of the conference. Local art directors and Richard Erickson from Shadow Mountain will view the portfolios. You need to be registered for the conference to participate in the Portfolio Display.

Portfolio Guidelines

(Portfolios that do not meet these guidelines will not be accepted.)

  • Portfolios should be no larger than 11 x 14.
  • They must be bound (no loose pages).
  • 15 images max.
  • No original art.
  • One set of contact information cards such as postcard or business card can sit with your portfolio.
  • No digital portfolios.
  • You can display one or two book dummies to the portfolio attached with a string.

If you have published books they can be displayed on our published books table. But not with the portfolios.

Notify Manelle Oliphant at illustration@manelleoliphant.com if you have any questions.

 

Registration and Prices

Click HERE to Register

Early Bird Registration Before February 2, 2018

  • Early Bird Prices Register before February 2, 2018:
  • SCBWI Members: $60.00
  • Students: $65.00
  • General Public $70.00
  • Portfolio Display $5.00
  • Portfolio Reviews $45.00 (only 10 spots available, register early!)

Register after February 2, 2018

  • SCBWI Members $75.00
  • Students: $80.00
  • General Public $90.00
  • Portfolio Display $5.00
  • Portfolio Reviews $45.00 (only 10 spots available, register early!)

Click HERE to Register

Presenters

Richard Erickson

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Richard Erickson, Art Director Shadow Mountian Publishing

Richard Erickson has been the Senior Art Director for Deseret Book/Shadow Mountain Publishing for over 25 years. He graduated from the University of Utah in Graphic Design and Illustration. He was awarded the Society of Illustrators Gold Award for Art Direction and has received other honorary awards for his art direction. He loves reading and collecting old and new books. Richard art directed the New York Times Bestselling Fablehaven Series for Shadow Mountain. He loves traveling to far away places with his true love, Diane. He has three children and seven grandchildren and loves reading picture books to all of them.

Learn more about Shadow Mountain Publishing at http://shadowmountain.com/

 

Brandon Dorman

Brandon Dorman, Illustrator and Author

Brandon Dorman, Illustrator and Author

Brandon grew up near Tacoma, WA and is the dad of three smiley boys and one frilly girl.

He began his art career in the 4th grade doing Halloween window paintings for his neighbors. Since then, he hasn’t stopped drawing dragons and painting pirates.

Brandon graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2005 with a BFA in Fine Art and Illustration.

He is best known for his book cover artwork on popular series like Goosebumps, Fablehaven, and The Land of Stories. With over 22 picture books under his belt, he is an accomplished visual storyteller. Hoolie and the Hooligans; The Alien who Ate My Socks, is Brandon’s first middle-grade chapter book, for which he is both author and illustrator.

He likes to eat string cheese and play flag football and is a huge Seattle Seahawks fan. He’s lived for two years in the Philippines and once licked a slug. He loves making magical pictures and hopes to be illustrating for a long time to come.

See Brandon’s work at https://www.brandondorman.com/

 

Shawna JC Tenney

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Shawna JC Tenney, Illustrator and Author

Shawna has always enjoyed a vivid imagination. In elementary school, the teachers were worried about her head always being in the clouds. Now many years later, she enjoys using that power of imagination to write and illustrate whimsical stories. Shawna has been a freelance illustrator for over 12 years. Her work has appeared in picture books, readers, chapter books, magazines, and games. Her true passion is writing and illustrating her own stories, and her first book as author and illustrator, Brunhilda’s Backwards Day was published in 2016.

See Shawna’s work at https://www.shawnajctenney.com/

 

Manelle Oliphant

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Manelle Oliphant, Illustrator and Author

Manelle’s love of stories, like many of yours, began with the books and movies she enjoyed as a child. It was a happy day when her mom finally let her get her own library card. (Then she accidentally ran it through the washing machine, but that’s another story.) Her love of stories had only grown as she found ways to create her own stories through illustration and writing. She received a bachelor’s degree in illustration from BYU-Idaho and since then has illustrated many children’s books. Her most recent book “In The Snow” received a Kirkus starred review, “The illustrations and their subject matter have a beauty, realism, and simplicity that evoke another era and will surely make caregivers nostalgic for the pleasures of their youths.”

She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and two cats named after the weather.

See Manelle’s work at http://manelleoliphant.com/ and

http://talesfantastic.com/

 

Registration Opens November 15, 2017

Early Bird Prices End February 2, 2018!

Click HERE to Register

See you there!

 

Save the Date for the 2018 Illustrator’s Conference.

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Save the Date

What is your favorite part of the Illustrator’s Conference. Here is a video of what few of the conference planners have to say.  https://youtu.be/BL3VIRrOyLM  

The Utah Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustrator’s Conference

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Nicki Carmack the Art Director From Peachtree Publishing

This years gathering of Illustrators met at the Sons of the Utah Pioneer Building for the Utah Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustrator’s Conference. This years conference was filled with great information for illustrator’s.

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Nicki Carmack presenting to the Utah Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustrator’s Conference

Nicki Carmack, the art director from Peachtree Publishing in Atlanta, Georgia gave some great information on Book Covers and the 10 foot rule.

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Nicki Carmack sharing ideas on great book covers.

She talked about some things to remember when creating book covers and showed some great examples of covers from Peachtree. Nicki also spent time doing personal critiques of picture books.

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Nicki Carmack taking a look at some of the portfolios.

Greg and Hala Swearingen were the guest illustrators this year. They talked about generating ideas. “What do you want to say?” The advantages of experimenting, and using different angles to create your illustrations.

This was a conference that was great for the seasoned illustrator and those that were new to the field. Next years conference will be March 3rd. Save the date. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday.

The Art Director and the Illustrators gave on the spot critiques of covers created by the attending illustrators.

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Nicki Carmack, Jen Eichelberger, Sherry Meidell, Shawna Tenney, Manelle Oliphant, Hala Swearingen, Greag Swearingen and Travis Rawlings.

A big thank you to all those who made this years conference a great success.

“Book Covers Catch the Art Directors Eye”

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2017 SCBWI Utah Southern Idaho
Illustrator’s Conference
Any questions? email sherry@sherrymeidell.com

Click HERE to Register.

Utah/Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustration Conference
“Book Covers – Catch the Art Directors Eye”
February 18th, 2017 at the Sons of the Utah Pioneers Building, 3301 East 2920 South,. Salt Lake City, Utah

Schedule:
8:30 – 9:00 dried bread and water, networking, set up portfolios ($5.00 for portfolio display bring cash  if you want to participate) and grab a seat
9:00 – Welcome and announcements
9:15 – Nicki Carmack, Creative Director Peachtree Publishers in Atlanta Georgia.
10:15 – Greg Swearingen & Hala Wittwer Swearingen:
“Practical Strategies for Making Great Images Happen on a Deadline”
Their topics will include:  generating ideas, composition strategies, reference gathering, and simplifying rendering.

12:15 – lunch: hot bowl of soup and water (local art directors check out portfolios and have a bowl of soup)
1:15 – Nicki Carmack, Greg Swearingen and Hala Wittwer
First Look Critique of middle grade novel covers from us illustrators
2:15 –  Illustrator to Illustrator
2:45 – 3:30 Panel: Nicki Carmack, Greg Swearingen and Hala Wittwer Swearingen

Nicki Carmack Creative Director from Peachtree Publishers will be doing a limited number of 10 minute Portfolio reviews. The fee is $45.00 Email sherry@sherrymeidell.com to get info on paying and signing up for the Portfolio reviews.

There will be a Portfolio display again this year. Notify Manelle Olipant at illustration@manelleoliphant.com if you have any questions and bring $5.00 the day of the conference to participate. The portfolios will be viewed by local art directors and Nicki Carmack from Peachtree. You need to be registered for the conference to participate in the Portfolio Display.

(Portfolios should be no larger than 11 x 14, bound portfolios with 15 images max -no original art-one set of contact information card such as postcard or business card) No digital portfolios. You can attach one or two book dummies to the portfolio attached with a string.
If you have published books they can be displayed on our published books table.

Go to http://utahsouthidaho.scbwi.org to register – go down to upcoming events and click on Illustrators Conference. That will take you to the registration page.
Early Bird Prices Register before January 23, 2016:
SCBWI Members: $60.00
Students: $65.00
General Public $75.00
Portfolio Display $5.00 (bring cash the day of the conference)
Register after January 15, 2015
SCBWI Members $70.00
Students: $75.00
General Public $85.00
Portfolio Display $5.00 (bring cash the day of the conference)

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Nicki Carmack

Nicki Carmack graduated from the University of Brighton, England with a degree in Visual Communications in 1987.

Her design career started in the field of financial marketing, but she soon discovered a love for book design, and worked for Dorling Kindersley in London.

In 1992 Nicki moved to the United States and returned to the financial industry as a senior graphic designer, and ultimately creative director for Harland Clarke. However, she still loved the creative process of publishing design, and discovered Peachtree Publishers in Atlanta. Nicki worked as a contract designer for Peachtree for some a number of years, and was taken on as creative director when she left her corporate role in 2012. Her responsibilities include creative development of everything from picture books to young adult titles, advertising, marketing collateral, catalogs and tradeshow graphics.”

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Greg Swearingen, Illustrator
Greg Swearingen has been illustrating professionally since 1998. He has created book covers for Harper Collins, Scholastic, Random House, and Disney Press among others. His work has received awards from Communication Arts and he has been awarded medals from Spectrum, SILA, and Society of Illustrators New York. www.gregswearingen.com

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Hala Wittwer Swearingen, Illustrator

Hala Wittwer Swearingen (MFA Art Institute of Boston) joined the SUU illustration faculty after six years of teaching graduate and undergraduate illustration at California State University Fullerton. She is the illustrator of Dragon Egg by Mallory Loehr and Meow by Jane Yolen. Her work has been recognized in Spectrum and Society of Illustrators New York. She has received awards from SILA, Communication Arts, and the Hiii Illustration Annual China.
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First Look Illustration 2017

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Do you want the chance to get an in-person critique of your work from an art director?

Then you’re in the right place!

This year for our “First Look” panel, Art Director Nikki Carmack (Peach Tree Publishing), and Illustrators Greg Swearingen and Hala Swearingen will be critiquing YOUR Middle Grade Novel cover at the Utah/Southern Idaho Illustrator’s Conference on February 18, 2017.

Submission guidelines:

Research: Look at as many middle grade novels as you can to see what types of  book covers are selling in today’s market (such as the covers seen above).

Illustration specifics: Illustrate one middle grade novel cover with at least one 12-13 year old and at least one animal. Leave space for the title and author’s name.

Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 8 inches with a 1/4 inch bleed all the way around. 1200 pixels on the longest side, 300 dpi.

File format: JPEG

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Send to: Shawna Tenney at shawna(dot)tenney(at)gmail(dot)com.

Email subject line: First Look 2017

Due date: Turn in your illustration no later than midnight on February 12, 2017. Entries turned in later will not be accepted.

Questions? Email Shawna with any questions you might have about your “First Look” illustration entry.

Don’t forget to register for the conference! Registration information coming soon.

See you there!

Get Ready 2017 Utah/Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustrator’s Conference

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The Utah/Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustrator’s Conference is coming up. Mark your calendars now.

More information coming.

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