Utah/Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustration Conference 2014

illustrated by Jennifer Eichelberger

illustrated by Jennifer Eichelberger

Utah/Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustration Conference

“Juggling Art & Life” 

February 1st 2014 at the Sons of the Utah Pioneers Building in Salt Lake City, Utah



8:30 – 9:00 dried bread and water, networking, set up portfolios and grab a seat

9:00 – Welcome and demonstration on juggling

9:15 – Nathan Hale: Title to Come

10:15 – Bethane Andersen: “HELLO What New Hell Is This” The dailey fight in the studio.

11:15 – Kristyn Crow:  “Writing a Powerful Read-Aloud”

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

1:15 – Break into groups and choose runners up for illustrator challenge. Judges will choose final winner

2:15 – Panel Discussion with questions from audience

Featuring Guest Speakers:


Nathan Hale (Children’s Book & Graphic Novel Illustrator)


“Nathan Hale is an award winning children’s book illustrator and author with a background in scientific and natural history illustration. Nathan has worked in natural history museum display, painting scientific murals for museums around the U.S. He studied illustration at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. He divides his time between picture books, natural history/educational illustration and graphic novels. Books written and illustrated by Nathan Hale: The Devil You Know, Walker Books Yellowbelly and Plum Go to School, G.P. Putnam’s Sons The Twelve Bots of Christmas, Walker Books Books illustrated include: The Dinosaur Sterobook, Becker & Meyer The Jungle Book series, Sterling Graphic Novels illustrated: Rapunzel’s Revenge, Bloomsbury (Eisner nominated, “Best Book for Teens,” CYBIL Award winner YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens, Al Roker’s Book Club Pick) Calamity Jack, Bloomsbury Nathan collects LEGO sets and runs marathons (seven so far–marathons, not LEGO sets.) He creates an ongoing web comic for children, with new [posts every weekday.”

– Shannon Associates


Bethanne Andersen (Children’s Book Illustrator)

Title of Presentation: “HELLO WHAT NEW HELL IS THIS” The fight in the studio to get in and work hard with all your life happening.

Bethanne is a professor at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. DSome of the books she has illustrated include: Louisa: The Life of Louisa May Alcott, A Packet of Seeds, Georgia’s Bones, Ten Queens: Portraits of Women of Power, Ten Kings: And The Worlds They Ruled, Patience Wright: American Sculptor and Revolutionary Spy, Seven Brave Women, Noah’s Wife: Noah’s Wife, Bluebird Summer and Kindle Me a Riddle: A Pioneer Story.

“Her eventual Plan, however, was to be a painter, not an illustrator. “I was going to be Rembrandt,” she recalls. At BYU Andersen studied abstract painting for both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. It wasn’t until 10 years later, with artwork displayed in museums and private collections across the country, that this “half mom, half artist” –as her son described her-first considered illustrating.” I used to love to look at picture books with my boys”, she says. “I actually had Where the Wild Things Are memorized.” – Painting Stories by E. Liza Richards, BYU Magazine Winter 2002


Kristyn Crow (Picture Book Author)

Title: “Writing a Powerful Read-Aloud”

Kristyn Crow is a children’s author who likes to use rhythm, rhyme, and repetition to make reading a fun experience for children and parents everywhere.

Her book include Bedtime At The Swamp, The Middle-Child Blues, The Really Groovy Story of the Tortoise and the Hare, Cool Daddy Rat, Skeleton Cat and Zombelina

Display your portfolio for Local Art Directors (additional $5 fee to participate)

(no original art – 10 – 15 illustrations in bound portfolio – one set of postcards for art directors to take)

If you have published books they can be displayed on our published books table.

Register by January 15th 2014 to catch the Early Bird Price

Early Bird Prices Register before January 15, 2014:

SCBWI Members:  $60.00

Students:  $65.00

General Public  $75.00

Portfolio Display $5.00

Register after January 15, 2015

SCBWI Members  $70.00

Students:  $75.00

General Public $85.00

Portfolio Display $5.00

Participate in the Illustrator’s Challenge and win free registration to the next illustrator’s conference. 

Choice #1

Size: Illustration that will reduce to 5” wide x 6” high

Topic: Illustrate one scene from the first two chapters of Treasure Island such as,

“I remember him as if it were yesterday, as he came plodding to the inn door, his sea-chest following behind him in a hand-barrow; a tall, strong, heavy, nut-brown man; his tarry pigtail falling over the shoulders of his soiled blue coat; his hands ragged and scarred, with black, broken nails; and the sabre cut across one cheek, a dirty, livid white. I remember him looking round the cove and whistling to himself as he did so, and then breaking out in that old sea-song that he sang so often afterwards: “Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest— Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!” – Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Choice #2

Size: 81/2” wide x 11” high

Topic: One illustration from Aesop’s Fable The Tortoise and the Hare

Come join us for a great day of illustrator comradery, networking and learning from some expert illustrators and our amazing writer. Questions? email Sherry Meidell, Utah Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustrator Coordinator at sherry@sherrymeidell.com To register go to http://www.scbwi.org click on our region Utah Southern Idaho-click events-click on Utah Southern Idaho Illustrator’s Conference (Illustrator Volunteers: Shawna Tenney, Manelle Oliphant and Jennifer Eichelberger)

Utah Southern Idaho SCBWI:   www.utahsouthidaho.scbwi.org

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators:   www.scbwi.org

Nathan Hale:  spacestationnathan.com

Bethanne Andersen:  bethanneandersen.com

Kristyn Crow:  www.kristyncrow.com

Jennifer Eichelberger:  jeneart.blogspot.com

Shawna Tenney

Manelle Oliphant

Sherry Meidell


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. glori alsop
    Jan 30, 2014 @ 03:57:06

    please put me on an email list as to the next event that SCBWI has. I just happened upon this info today, looking for a sherry meidell site. maybe next time I can come, come prepared, and bring a friend. our high school art students are going to illustrate some english dept.’s writings for the literary magazine…this would have been great fun in gleaning some ideas for them.


    • Sherry Meidell
      Jan 30, 2014 @ 14:36:24

      I have put you on the contact list. Also keep your eyes on this blog. I put a lot of information about our local scbwi here. You can also check out http://www.scbwi.org and check out the Utah/Southern Idaho Region. We have information up on that about writing and illustrating.


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