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.

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

Giuseppe Castellano
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

Jake Parker Illustrator

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

The 2016 Utah Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustrators Conference

Save the date!

Save the date!

Illustrators, save the date for this conference. It is going to be a great conference with information that will improve your illustration and promotion abilities.

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