Utah/Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustration Conference “Do the Work” 

Art work by Shawna Tenney

Art work by Shawna Tenney


Register by January 23rd, 2015 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.


Utah/Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustration Conference
“Do the Work” 
February 21st 2015 at the Sons of the Utah Pioneers Building, 33001 East 2920 South,. Salt Lake City, Utah

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
9:15 – Mark Pett“How I Get from Blank Page to Bookshelves.”  “We’ll cover everything from brainstorming ideas, pitching to my agent, making a dummy, selling to a publisher, and finishing the book!”

10:15 – Kristine Brogno, Art Director from Chronicle Books:

Words + Pictures/Pictures + Words: What’s the Difference?
Picture books are the perfect marriage of text and art, but sometimes you need more of one and less of the other to make the book as strong as it can be. We’ll look at examples of picture books and picture book design where text and image play off each other successfully and talk about why they work so well.

11:15 – Guy Francis: Title to Come

12:15 – lunch: hot bowl of soup and water (local art directors check out portfolios and have a bowl of soup)
1:15 – Kristine Brogno, Mark Pett, & Guy Francis
First Look Critique
2:15 – Sketching Children from life, bring your sketch book & pencil or pen.
3:10 – 3:30 Panel: Questions from the audience

Kristine Brogno Art Director Chronicle Books

Kristine Brogno Art Director Chronicle Books

Featuring Guest Speakers:

Kristine Brogno
Children’s Design Director, Chronicle Books
Kristine Brogno is an award-winning art director and designer and is currently the Design Director of Children’s Publishing at Chronicle Books in San Francisco. She’s had the great honor of working with a broad range of children’s artists — from first-time book illustrators to seasoned veterans, including Carolyn Conahan, Ward Jenkins, Calef Brown, Tom Lichtenheld, Andy Rash, Melissa Sweet, Jen Corace and Meilo So, among many others. When she’s not reviewing sketches and looking for the perfect typeface, you can find her exploring the Bay Area and beyond with her two sons.


Mark Pett

Mark Pett

Mark Pett Illustrator & Writer

Mark Pett


Mark Pett:  



Writer and illustrator Mark Pett makes books. He is the “authorstrator” of The Boy and the Airplane, The Girl and the Bicycle, and The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes, as well as the forthcoming Lizard from the Park. Before books, he created the syndicated comic strips Mr. Lowe and Lucky Cow. Mark lives in the Mountain West. 



Guy Francis

Guy Francis

Guy Francis Art

Guy Francis Art


Guy Francis
Guy began illustrating at the age of 9. His first projects included his 4th grade bulletin board and numerous cartoon characters commissioned by his friends for 25¢. It wasn’t until high school that Guy realized a person could make a living being an artist, and while attending Brigham Young University, he got his first children’s picture book job illustrating Showdown at Slickrock by Pat Bagley. Since then he has published a variety of work including book covers, children’s games, early chapter books and picture books. He is thrilled to be making a living doing what he loves.

Display your portfolio for Local Art Directors and Kristine Brogno (additional $5 fee to participate. Bring cash the day of conference.)
(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 23rd, 2015 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, 2015:

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)

To participate in the First Look Critique, after you register, send a jpeg file of your illustration to sherry@sherrymeidell.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 sherry@sherrymeidell.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

(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

Chronicle Books      www.chroniclebooks.com

Mark Pett      www.markpett.com

Guy Francis     www.guyfrancis.com

Shawna Tenney     www.shawnajctenney.com

Manelle Oliphant     www.manelleoliphant.com

Jennifer Eichelberger:  jeneart.blogspot.com

Sherry Meidell     www.sherrymeidell.com 


Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers

Writer and Illustrators for Young Readers - illustrators mini workshop

Writer and Illustrators for Young Readers – illustrators mini workshop

























Here comes the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Conference, next Tuesday.

Portfolio Tips

study by Sherry Meidell

study by Sherry Meidell

Here is a video with tips for putting together a children’s book illustrating portfolio from Susan Eaddy the illustrator coordinator from the mid south scbwi. The comments that I would add are put in your best work. If you have a question about it, don’t put it in. Your best work will grab the attention. Enjoy.


Illustrator Videos From Western Washington SCBWI

Illustrators at BDAC

Illustrators at BDAC













Here are 4 videos made by and about our SCBWI neighbors in Western Washington. They are 10 minute videos of illustrators and their work — Julie Paschkis, Paul Schmid, Mike Cressy, and Kathleen Kemly. They’re Western WA SCBWI members, and the videos were produced by, Dana Sullivan, an illustrator himself and the author of Ozzie and the Art Contest, coming out in July.

A video is a good idea for publicizing your new books that come out. Here are the links:





Great Opportunity for Illustrators

Illustration by Sherry Meidell

Illustration by Sherry Meidell


Here is some information from the Nevada SCBWI. It might be a great opportunity for Illustrators. Check out the illustrations of, E. B. Lewis, David Diaz and Jim Averbeck. See if you think you would like to apply for one of them to be your mentor. The details are below:

The Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program Is Accepting Applications until June 1

Imagine what you could learn from a Caldecott-winning illustrator, a #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, or a million-selling middle-grade series author. The Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to work with a successful children’s author or illustrator dedicated to helping you improve your current work in progress.

Nevada SCBWI handpicks its mentors for their creative talents, but also because they are gifted teachers who want to share their knowledge with up-and-coming writers and artists. Our mentors often speak at conferences and workshops, but this is a unique chance to get to know them personally as they focus on you and your project.

We are proud to announce our outstanding mentors for 2013!

·        Jim Averbeck, Zolotow award–winning author/illustrator

·        David Diaz, winner of a Caldecott Medal and illustrator of a Newbery Honor book

·        E. B. Lewis, winner of a Caldecott Honor and the Coretta Scott King Award

·        Tera Lynn Childs, YA novelist

·        Ellen Hopkins, bestselling and award-winning YA novelist

·        Elizabeth Law, former children’s publisher at Egmont and Simon & Schuster

·        Terri Farley, middle-grade and YA novelist, author of the million-selling Phantom Stallion series

·        Suzanne Morgan Williams, award-winning middle-grade novelist and nonfiction author

·       Susan Hart Lindquist, novelist, writing instructor, and frequent conference presenter

·        Jenny MacKay, children’s nonfiction author

The Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program includes six months of one-on-one mentorship to accomplish one full revision of your work in progress (a novel, a longer nonfiction work, three picture book manuscripts, or an illustrator portfolio). You will also be a guest at two very special retreat weekends, one at Lake Tahoe and one at historic Virginia City, where you will meet and network with all of our mentors, plus fellow writers and illustrators who may become lifelong friends during the course of this program.

The process is simple:

1. Check out our list of mentors.

2. Pick your top two choices.

3. Send in your writing or illustration sample and an application (find it at http://www.nevadascbwi.org) before the June 1 deadline.

In our anonymous application process, mentors carefully consider the merits of every work sample they receive before making their final choices.

You have nothing to lose by applying! Seize this special chance to further your career by learning from an accomplished children’s author or illustrator.

Go to http://www.nevadascbwi.org to learn more!