The Illustrator’s Story SCBWI Utah/Southern Idaho Illustrator’s Conference March 2, 2019

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Any Questions? Email Manelle Oliphant illustration@manelleoliphant.com

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”The Illustrator’s Journey

March 2, 2019, at the Sons of the Utah Pioneers Building,

3301 East Louise Ave., Millcreek, Utah 84109

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Schedule

8:30 – 9:00 Bagels and water, networking, set up portfolios ($5 for portfolio display) and grab a seat

9:00 – Welcome and Announcements

9:15 – Kevin Lewis –Form Follows Function: Writing for the Very Young

(Portfolio Reviews with Kevin begin)

10:15 – Julie Olsen –Agents: Who, What, Why, When, How

11:15 – Molly Idle –Motion Pictures to Picture Books

12:15 – Lunch

1:15 – First Look

2:15 – Networking with Illustrator to Illustrator

2:45 – Questions and Answers

3:30 – Door Prizes and Portfolio Contest Winners Announced

3:40 – Book signings

Make sure you purchase books ahead of time and bring them to the conference to get them signed.

 

Here are their author pages on Amazon.

Molly Idle

Julie Olson

Kevin Lewis

 

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Portfolio Display

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Portfolio display costs $5 at registration. Local art directors are invited to view portfolios as well as our visiting faculty.

Utah/Southern Idaho Chapter of SCBWI is excited to announce it’s first ever Portfolio Contest at the 2019 Illustrators Conference in Salt Lake City. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place

winners will have their artwork promoted on the chapter’s website. In addition, 3rd place will receive a $25 gift card to Dick Blick. 2nd place will receive a $50 gift card to Dick Blick. First place will be invited to feature their work on promotional material for the 2020 Illustrators conference and receive $300 payment for their work.

The contest is open to participants in the portfolio showcase at the 2019 Illustrators Conference in SLC, UT.

 

Submission Guidelines:

  • You must have a physical portfolio on display at the 2019 Illustrators Conference.
  • No digital Portfolios.
  • Portfolios should be no larger than 11 x 14 when closed.
  • They must be bound (no loose pages).
  • Your portfolio must contain 12-20 images that are appropriate for the children’s market.
  • No original paintings or drawings (use printouts instead).
  • One set of contact information cards such as a postcard or business cards can sit with your portfolio.
  • You may display one or two book dummies to the portfolio attached with a string.

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A winning portfolio will contain:

  • 12-20 images presented in a clean and professional manner.
  • Images appropriate for the children’s book and magazine market. (Lots of children and animals is a good place to start).
  • Artwork with a consistent voice.
  • Good flow of images from page to page.

The results of the contest will be announced at the close of the Illustrators Conference.

 


First Look is free to enter and Limited first 20 Artists

Click here for First Look Details


 

Early Bird Registration before February 2, 2019

  • SCBWI Members:  $80
  • Students:  $90
  • General public:  $100
  • Portfolio Display:  $5
  • Portfolio or Book Dummy Review with Kevin Lewis $45

Registration after February 2, 2019

  • SCBWI Members:  $90
  • Students:  $105
  • General Public:  $115
  • Portfolio Display:  $5
  • Portfolio or Book Dummy Review with Kevin Lewis $45

First Look

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CANCELLATION POLICY: There is a $20 administrative fee for any cancellation on or before February 9, 2019. Manuscript consultations and critiques are non-refundable. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GRANTED AFTER February 9, 2019.

Presenters

Kevin Lewis

11E273AB-410C-43AB-B9ED-6905E9FF765BKevin Lewis is the author of many children’s picture books for toddler and early elementary grades including the classics Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo and My Truck is Stuck (both illustrated by Daniel Kirk), Halloween favorite The Runaway PumpkinLot at the End of My BlockDinosaur DinosaurTugga-Tugga Tugboat, and Not Inside This House.

Kevin grew up on his grandparents’ farm in Rembert, South Carolina. Around the third grade, he fell in love with books, and by middle school, Kevin was a bit of a reading recluse. Books carried him through high school and Erskine College, where he studied English. A children’s literature course he thought would be an easy three credits ignited his passion for children’s books, a passion that led him to New York City and his first publishing-related job at the legendary bookstore, Books of Wonder.

For over two decades, Kevin has been one of the most highly regarded children’s book editors in the industry. At Scholastic Inc., he worked with Dav Pilkey on the original Captain Underpants. At Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, where he served as an Editorial Director, Kevin worked with a veritable who’s who of authors and illustrators including Laurie Halse Anderson (Fever 1793, Chains), Spike and Tonya Lee (Please Baby Please), Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles), Derek Anderson and Lauren Thompson (Little Quack), Alex Sanchez (Rainbow Boys), Jim Benton (Franny K. Stein) Angela Johnson, Kadir Nelson, Cynthia Rylant, and Loren Long. As an Executive Editor at Disney Press, Kevin developed and produced the Vampirina Ballerina series and edited books by Matthew Cordell, Barney Saltzberg, and Chris Barton.

In 2018, Kevin became an agent for the Erin Murphy Literary Agency, primarily focusing on writer-illustrators and diverse voices.

These days, Kevin lives in Newburgh, New York in a two-hundred-year-old farmhouse with his husband, Phil, and dog named Kat. Most of the time, you’ll find him gardening in the yard, biking around the Hudson Valley, or sitting on the back porch (which often doubles as his office).

10 Spots for Portfolio Reviews with Kevin Lewis. He will review your website or a book dummy. One or the other. The spots will sell out, so sign up quickly.

 

Molly Idle

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As a child, Molly was wielding a pencil and scribbling before she could walk. Her mother, who is also an artist, always encouraged Molly to use her paints and easel. After graduating from Arizona State University with a BFA in Drawing, Molly accepted an offer to work as an artist for DreamWorks Feature Animation Studios, where she worked on a number of films. Then she leapt into the world of children’s book illustration!

These days, Molly lives in sunny Arizona with her marvelous, multigenerational family which includes: her brilliant husband, two mercurial sons, two remarkable parents, and a pair of snugly cats. When she’s not making mischief with her boys or watching old Technicolor musicals, Molly can be found in her workshop with a pencil in one hand and a cup of espresso in the other- scribbling away on her next picture book!

Julie Olsen

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Registration Opens November 1, 2018

Early Bird Prices End February 2, 2019

See You There!

 

 

 

The 2018 SCBWI Utah Southern Idaho Illustrator’s Conference

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Manelle Oliphant 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was a great conference this year. The portfolio display was amazing with many examples of great art. We said good bye to Sherry Meidell as the area illustrator coordinator and said hello to Manelle Oliphant.

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Sherry Meidell and John Elgren of the Sons Of the Utah Pioneers

Sherry Meidell painted and presented a watercolor for the Sons of the Utah Pioneers. They have been very geneous with their building and accommodating our conference.

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Richard Erickson

Richard Ericksen the art director from Deseret Book talked about getting the book brief and then picking the designer and the illustrator. He has to think about budget and time frame. Is the tone of the art consistent with the text? The cover illustration is needed as soon as possible for publicity purposes. One thing for illustrators to consider is the trust the publisher has put in you to meet deadlines and to do the project right.

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Brandon Dorman

The great illustrator Brandon Dorman talked about each illustrator having their own unique journey. He also talked about the importance of meeting deadlines. If we work hard, we can help our stars align. He also talked about walking through all doors that open to you.

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Brandon Dorman

We had two break out sessions this year. Manelle Oliphant and Shawna Tenney were the presenters. Manelle talked about the importance of branding and gave us many things to think about. She had a lot of questions for us to ask ourselves about what brand we want to put out there and who we are talking to.

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Manelle Oliphant

Shawna talked about how to put together a great book dummy. The illustrators that attended her presentation appreciated the insights she presented.

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Shawna Tenney

The first look was a great chance to hear the presenters critique the participant’s illustrations. We got the opportunity to look at the art and see and hear what others might think about the illustrations. There is always a lot to be learned from the comments that are made.

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First Look

There is also a lot of conversation and networking that takes place in the illustrator to illustrator break out session. It gives the illustrators the chance to ask questions of their peers and hear what others are doing.
Then to wind up we had the panel discussion which is always informative. We could ask questions to the presenters and get some last minute comments from them on subjects that interested the illustrators. It was another great conference.

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Travis Rawlings and Annie Bailey
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Manelle Oliphant and Jennifer Eichelberger
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The audience and portfolio display
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Margaret Weber, Brandon Dorman and Richard Ericksen
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Margaret Weber, Brandon Dorman and Richard Erickson
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Lunch

Shawna Tenney and her Amazing Illustrations

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Shawna JC Tenney, Illustrator and Author

Shawna is a great illustrator and the host of the Stories Unbound Podcast.

I was able to ask her some questions about illustrating and her creative process. Enjoy.

1. Could you tell me what was the first spark of idea you got for “Brunhilda’s Backward Day”?

I got the idea from a childhood game I used to play with my best friend Lara. The game was called “The Opposite Witches.” We pretended to be witches that did everything backwards. We flew our brooms backwards, our spells always went backwards, and we even tried to speak backwards. It was so funny to us that we mostly ended up laughing the whole time.

2. And how did it change as you started to work on it?

When I first wrote the story, it was about a couple of kids who went to a witch’s house and what happened to them when the witch’s spells went backwards. But the story just wasn’t working, so I decided to make the story about the witch and what happened to her when her spells went backwards. After that, the story began to work.

Brunhilda’s Backward Day by Shawna Tenney
The cover of Shawna’s Book.

3. Did the illustrations come easy for the book?

No, it really took a lot of effort and deliberation. I started with a lot of planning- planning character design and environment design. Then I did lots of thumbnailing- working and reworking- until the book started to flow. Then I had to work and rework many of the sketches. I was very deliberate and careful about the colors I used. Finishing all the illustrations was a learning process. But I’m really glad I took the time to make an effort to make the best quality artwork that I could.

 

4. Did you have any setbacks in creating the book and what did you do to overcome the problem?

I can’t think of any specific huge set backs that happened during the creation of this book, but I had many story and design problems I had to work through. I revised my story many times with the help of other writers. I showed my sketches and color studies to my illustrator friends, and they helped me solve the visual problems I was dealing with. Critique groups and trusted art friends are so important to have if you’re going to work in this industry.

Storyboard for Shawna Tenneys’s Brunhilda Book
Part of the story board.

 

5. What has been one of the most useful bits of information you have received at the illustration conference?

There have been so many good and inspiring things I have learned through each speaker we have had at the conference. It is hard to choose just one thing. But I really enjoyed hearing from Giuseppe Castellano, Art Director at Penguin Random House. He was very personable and I enjoyed talking with him. I really liked what he had to say in his presentation. Here are a few gold nuggets of information I got from his talk:

He talked about the 3 keys to being an affective artist: Personality, Prowess, and Presentation.

He also talked about marketing your artwork. When you are marketing your artwork on your website, what matters most is your art- not your web address, font, sketches, logo, background etc.

We also heard first hand about how he finds artist for his projects. He doesn’t find artists through artist reps anymore. But he usually finds work through postcards, emails, social media and friend referrals.

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Illustration by Shawna Tenney

 

6. Has the portfolio display been helpful for you as far as getting an illustration job?

Yes! Local art directors come to visit the portfolio display every year.

Last year a designer for the Friend Magazine, came to look at the portfolio display. We talked briefly after he looked at my portfolio. A week later, I received an email asking if I was available to create a cover for The Friend Magazine. Yes, of course!

 

7. Why would you recommend the conference to other illustrators?

It’s a wonderful place to mingle with other illustrators, network with industry professionals, get your work in front of art directors, and learn a ton about working in the children’s book industry. Plus it’s the only opportunity like this locally for illustrators, and at a great price!

 

8. Do you have any ideas on how an illustrator should prepare for the conference?

Prepare your portfolio with your best work for the portfolio display. Have some art friends give you feedback on what if your best work, and listen to what they have to say. Prepare an illustration for the First Look Critique. It’s an invaluable experience to get a first hand critique from an art director and professional illustrators.

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Shawna’s cover for the July 2017 issue of the Friend.

 

9. What advice would you have for a beginning illustrator?

Go to this conference! And go to as many conferences as you can.

Also, don’t be nervous! Don’t worry if you’re just beginning on the journey. Everyone is at different places in the journey, but everyone was a beginner at one time. Go prepared to talk with everyone and learn from everyone. We are all there to help each other!

 

10. What advice would you have for a continuing illustrator?

Go to this conference!

It’s so important to keep networking and find your circle of trust and support for your journey. Some of the things taught at the conference, you probably already know. But you never know what new things you will learn. And never underestimate what you can teach to others!

Also, you never know what new work opportunities could come out of showing your portfolio at this conference. It’s such a great opportunity to connect directly with art directors and other professional illustrators.

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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Three Internet Sensations The 2016 SCBWI Utah Southern Idaho Illustrator’s Conference

Sensation #1: You get to hear about some people before you meet them in person. They have a presence on the web. Giuseppe Castellano the art director from Penguin Random House does a good job on social media. He also did a great job presenting. He talked about putting your personality into your art and gave information to help us raise the quality of our illustrations. He also gave great advice on web sites and getting your art out there. He was introduced by Shawna Tenney who had previously interviewed Giuseppe on the Oatley Academy podcast, Stories Unbound.

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The illustrator’s at the Utah Southern Idaho SCBWI 2016 Illustrator’s Conference

Sensation #2 and #3: Will Terry and Jake Parker presented together with some friendly banter back and forth. They talked about four ways to improve your art. The good thing about Will’s presentation was the visual examples he used to really show what he was talking about. He taught in such a way that you really got it.

Jake Parker put his money where his mouth was. He put us all on snap chat before he started his presentation. Jake has come up with some of the most ingenious ways to use social media. He demonstrated how he does thumbnails and drew a double spread from prompts from the audience. It was great to see his thought process and principles of art as he created the spread.

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Giuseppe Castellano, Will Terry and Jake Parker during First Look

Giuseppe, Will and Jake participated in critiquing first look. You could see your art flash on the screen and get their first impressions of your art. You learned not only from your own critique but also from the others put up front.

We were excited to have Bob Cross from Gibb Smith, Margaret Weber from Covenant Communications Mckelle G. from Jolly Fish Press and Richard Ericksen and his wife Gorgeous from Shadow Mountain attend and take a look at the portfolios. There were chances to visit with the other illustrators who attended. There were also chances to ask questions of the presenters. I had things that I needed reminding of and learned things that will improve my illustrations.

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Checking out the portfolios

It is great for us illustrators to get out of our studios and get around others who are working and creating art. It helps to improve not only our art work but the ways we work. A big thank you to the illustrating committee, Manelle Oliphant, Jennifer Eichelberger and Shawna Tenney, our presenters and to all the illustrators who joined us for the day. Keep on creating.

Giuseppe Castellano (@pinocastellano) Twitter

Will Terry http://www.willterry.com

Jake Parker mrjakeparker.com (Twitter)

Elevated Illustration 2016 SCBWI Utah Southern Idaho Illustrator’s Conference

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Registration scheduled to open November 16th, 2015 at https://utahsouthidaho.scbwi.org/events/elevated-illustration-utah-southern-idaho-illustrators-conference/ 
Register by January 22rd, 2016 to catch the Early Bird Price
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.
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“Elevated Illustration” 

February 27th, 2016 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 – Giuseppe Castellano, Art Director Penguin Random House A Children’s Book Art Department: An Inside Look
Meet Giuseppe Castellano, a senior art director at Penguin Random House! Through an inside look into how he runs an art department for five different imprints, attendees will gain further insight into the business and practice of illustration. Giuseppe will discuss what he looks for in illustrators; and what methods he uses to find them. From copyright protection to finding your voice, this presentation aims to help attendees scale the mountain of freelance illustration.
10:15 – Will Terry, and Jake Parker will do a combined presentation with a ten minute break in the middle on 4 Step Art Tune Up – A complete inventory of your work. Will and Jake have presented around the country and are two of the most sought after presenters on illustration.
12:15 – lunch: hot bowl of soup and water (local art directors check out portfolios and have a bowl of soup)
1:15 – Giuseppe Castellano, Will Terry, Jake Parker
First Look Critique
2:15 –  Illustrator to Illustrator
2:45 – 3:30 Panel: Giuseppe Castellano, Will Terry, Jake Parker
scbwi003a Giuseppe Castellano, Art Director from Penguin Random House will be doing a limited number of 10 minute Portfolio reviews. The fee is $45.00

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. You need to be registered for the conference to participate in the Portfolio Display.
Giuseppe will take a look at portfolio display and take contact information of what he is interested in. Local art directors are being invited to come and take a look at the portfolios. (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.

Giuseppe Castellano Art Director Penguin Random House
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Art Director Penguin Random House

Giuseppe Castellano is an award-winning Designer, Illustrator, and Art Director at Penguin Random House; with over sixteen years of book publishing experience. He oversees the imprints of Grosset & Dunlap, Price Stern Sloan, Frederick Warne and Co., the Penguin Young Readers, and Cartoon Network Books.
Giuseppe has been invited to be a guest speaker, critic, and teacher at schools including: Art Center College of Design, Falmouth University, Maryland Institute College of Art, Northern Michigan University, Parsons, Pratt Institute, Rhode Island School of Design and many more. His web site is http://www.gcastellano.com

Will Terry
Will Terry

Will Terry has been a freelance illustrator for 23 years. He was horrible at math, english, and science…luckily he found art. After finishing his BFA project at BYU he began working for magazines and newspapers not far from where he grew up in Washington D.C. His early clients include publications such as Time, Money, Wall Street Journal and ads for Sprint, Pizza hut, M&M Mars, Fed Ex, and Master Card. He has illustrated about 30 children’s books for Random House, Simon Schuster, Scholastic, Penguin, Klutz, and Albert Whitman. He has created several indie ebooks that have sold tens of thousands of copies and has started a story app series with Rick Walton beginning with “Gary’s Place”. He also co-owns Folio Academy and svslearn.com – online illustration classes for children’s book illustrators selling in over 50 countries. Will’s web site is http://www.willterry.com

Jake Parker Illustrator
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Jake Parker is an illustrator based in Utah. For the last 15 years he’s worked on everything from animated films to comics to picture books. He has lived in six states, working at the best studios with the most amazing and talented people in the country. Now he freelances out of his home studio. Check out his kick starter campaign at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jakeparker/skyheart-book-i-the-star-seed

Below is a list of some of his projects.
The Little Snowplow Candlewick (October 13, 2015)
Rocket Raccoon Marvel (March 3, 2015
The Tooth Fairy Wars Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 15, 2014)
Nuthin’ but Mech, Volume Two Design Studio Press (June 15, 2014)
Explorer: The Lost Islands Amulet Books (October 15, 2013)
The Girl Who Wouldn’t Brush Her Hair Schwartz & Wade (September 10, 2013)
Nuthin’ But Mech Design Studio Press (August 15, 2012)
Apples A to Z Scholastic Press (August 1, 2012)

scbwi003a Registration opens November 16, 2015. Register by January 23rd, 2016 to catch the Early Bird Price
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)
scbwi003a To participate in the First Look Critique, after you register, send a jpeg file of your illustration to jennifer@jeneart.com . Because of time constraints  we may not be able to critique everyones art but we will try our best.
In Subject line put: SCBWI First Look Art
1. File format: .jpg files (no exceptions)
2. Resolution must be 300 dpi
3. Image size must be set so the longest dimension is 1200 pixels.
4. Each image file must be named as follows: scbwi, your last name, painting number (1, 2, ) .jpg extension.
Example: scbwi Sherry Meidell, 1st entry, “ghost train” would be: scbwimeidell1.jpg
5. Attach the image(s) to an email and send them to jennifer@jeneart.com

Come join us for a great day of illustrator comradery, networking and learning from some expert illustrators and our art director. Questions? email Sherry Meidell, Utah Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustrator Coordinator at sherry@sherrymeidell.com Bountiful Davis Art Center 91 North Main Street, Bountiful is having a show, “Illustrators Utah!” from February 26th through March 25, 2016. There will be a $`15.00 fee to enter. Art needs to be framed with wire on the back ready to hang. The art of Will Terry and Jake Parker will be showcased. The opening will be February 26th, 2015. Art can be delivered February 9th-13th. More Information at http://www.bdac.org

(Illustrator Volunteers: Shawna Tenney, Manelle Oliphant and Jennifer Eichelberger)
Utah Southern Idaho SCBWI:     http://www.utahsouthidaho.scbwi.org
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators:     http://www.scbwi.org

Shawna Tenney     http://www.shawnajctenney.com
Manelle Oliphant     http://www.manelleoliphant.com
Jennifer Eichelberger:  jeneart.blogspot.com
Sherry Meidell     http://www.sherrymeidell.com