Brooke Smart has come to our conferences and gone to some of the bigger national ones. We asked her about her experiences with both kinds of conferences. She is a delight to talk to and has some pretty cool experiences.
1. Why illustration? How long have you been working as an illustrator?
I have been drawing and painting since I was a small child and have always known I wanted to do something with art, but it wasn’t until college that I discovered a love of storytelling as well. It was definitely lucky that I ended up at BYU with the incredible professors that I had there in the illustration department. They taught me how to combine those two interests into one and to make a career of it. I took a detour from illustration for about five years after school, pursuing a career in fine art, but have been focusing all of my energies toward illustration for the last four years. I love the world that I’ve stumbled into: the projects, the community, the interesting facts I get to learn, the stories I get to tell. I’ve never worked so hard in all my life, but I know it’s what i’m meant to be doing.
2. You’ve gone to a few different SCBWI conferences. What are some of the benefits of going to a national conference? What are some of the benefits of going to our local conference?
Both are great!
3. You received an honor/award at the New York conference. Can you tell us a little about that?
4. What made you decide to come to the Utah/Southern Idaho conference last year?
That is always an easy decision. It is somewhere where I always learn something new, get insight into things I’m doing right or wrong, and somewhere that I can connect with amazing illustrators that live close by.
6. Would you recommend going to others?
Absolutely, I’d definitely recommend it! Come!