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)

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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

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
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

 

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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 

SCBWI in Cedar City

Preparing for the crowd

Preparing for the crowd

Ann Dee Ellis and Ally Condie

Ann Dee Ellis and Ally Condie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last weekend was the Southern Utah Writing and Illustrating Workshop for SCBWI. It was headed up by Erin Shakespear. Writer’s Ann Dee Ellis and Ally Condie gave the keynote address about “Two Journeys to Publication”. It was nice to hear their stories and to meet Ally. I had met Ann Dee before.

A few people learned about the workshop in the St. George Newspaper and showed up the day of, to register.

A few people learned about the workshop in the St. George Newspaper and showed up the day of, to register.

Erin introduced the speakers.

Erin introduced the speakers.

It was a great workshop. The people who attended got some great information on writing and illustrating.

It was a great workshop. The people who attended got some great information on writing and illustrating.

Here is the great illustrator Ben Soward with Erin Shakespear and the youngest attendee. One of the funnest moments came during the question and answer panel. Erin’s baby fell and opened his mouth to cry. She swooped him up under her arm and as she bolted to the exit you could hear whaaa-uuuup.....whaaa-uuup......whaaa-uuup.....timed with each jogging step of Erin. The final wail came out in the hall.

Here is the great illustrator Ben Soward with Erin Shakespear and the youngest attendee. One of the funnest moments came during the question and answer panel. Erin’s baby fell and opened his mouth to cry. She swooped him up under her arm and as she bolted to the exit you could hear whaaa-uuuup…..whaaa-uuup……whaaa-uuup…..timed with each jogging step of Erin. The final wail came out in the hall.

Eileen, Ben Soward, Sherry Meidell, Helen Boswell, Rosalyn Eves, Ann Dee Ellis, Ally Condie, and Erin Shakespear. It was great to participate on the panel.

Eileen, Ben Soward, Sherry Meidell, Helen Boswell, Rosalyn Eves, Ann Dee Ellis, Ally Condie, and Erin Shakespear. It was great to participate on the panel.

After the workshop there was a book signing at Main Street Books. The owner had rounded up some of my older books which were great to sign for people.

After the workshop there was a book signing at Main Street Books. The owner had rounded up some of my older books which were great to sign for people.

I was able to sign with Ben Soward. He told stories of long lines of people waiting to get him to sign books. I told hims stories of one or two relatives waiting in line for me to sign their books.

I was able to sign with Ben Soward. He told stories of long lines of people waiting to get him to sign books. I told hims stories of one or two relatives waiting in line for me to sign their books.

Sherry Meidell & Ben Sowards at Main Street Books in Cedar City. Good Times

Sherry Meidell & Ben Sowards at Main Street Books in Cedar City.
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Meeting the Writers who Write for the Kids

First Story at the King's English Book Store, Salt Lake City, Utah

First Story at the King’s English Book Store, Salt Lake City, Utah

Kings English and the Utah/So. Idaho Region for SCBWI (The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) has been chosen as one of 12 regions in the U.S. to pilot the International “Inside Story”. November 2, 2014 at the Kings English at 11 a.m., you can meet and hear from five children’s authors. Jean Reagan author of “How to Babysit a Grandpa”, Anne Bowen “Scooter in the Outside”, Bobbie Pyron “The Dogs of Winter”, Platte Clark “Bad Unicorn”, and Kim Williams-Justesen “The Deepest Blue”.

These authors will share their inside story on writing their books. There will be drawing for special prizes including a drawing to win a phone call from a famous author and a grand prize drawing across all bookstores to have a character in a new Almost Identical book by Lin Oliver named after them. In addition, First Book will donate a book to a child in need for every book purchased at an SCBWI Inside Story event.

This event has two purposes: to provide an opportunity for young readers, teachers, librarians, and children’s book lovers to become acquainted with new releases, and to build traffic and sales for independent bookstores. This is scheduled to be a yearly event and will go world wide.

About First Book

 

First Book provides access to new books for children in need. To date, First Book has distributed more than 100 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the UnitedStates and Canada. First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education by making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis.  Learn more at http://www.firstbook.org.

About SCBWI

Founded in 1971, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is one of the largest existing writers’ and illustrators’ organizations, with over 22,000 members worldwide. It is the only organization specifically for those working in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia. The organization was founded by Stephen Mooser (President) and Lin Oliver (Executive Director), both of whom are well-published children’s book authors and leaders in the world of children’s literature.  Learn more at http://www.scbwi.org.

Jean Reagan:    www.jeanreagan.com

Anne Bowen:   www.annebowen.com

Bobbie Pyron:   www.bobbiepyron.com

Platte Clark:    www.platte-a-tudes.blogspot.com

Kim Williams-Justesen:    www.kwjustesen.com

Publishing in a Barn

Gibb Smith Publishing

Gibb Smith Publishing

The Utah/Southern Idaho SCBWI Pal Reception was October 11th at Gibb Smith’s Publishing in Layton, Utah. We were welcomed into the barn and met Gibb Smith, who graces the covers of their catalogues with paintings of independent book stores around the country. Suzanne Taylor, the Creative Director introduced us to some of their great books, including “Pocket Doodles for Kids” and the great Baby Lit Board Books with art by Alison Oliver. These books are so nicely designed that you can’t help picking them up in your hands and rubbing the covers before you open them. Such great titles as “Sense and Sensibility” and Sherlock Holmes”, and “Dracula”,  who wouldn’t want to introduce their sweet little toddler to great literature. 

The walls of the barn were decorated with everything from an Elvis clock with swiveling hips to photos of John Wayne and other celebrities. You could tell a lifetime of collecting had ended up on the walls. It felt like walking into creativity. 

The PAL members were able to meet with Kate Coombs, the Curriculum Director, Alane Ferguson our Boot Camp Doctor, Carol Williams, who would be her assistant, Nessa Jensen our Regional Advisor and Elissa Cruz our Assistant ARA. We had such a great time, they had a hard time getting us out of the building. Here’s a big thank you to Gibb Smith for the nice evening.