2015 Utah Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustrator’s Conference

Illustrators at the 2015 Utah Southern Idaho Conference

Illustrators at the 2015 Utah Southern Idaho Conference

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Illustrators come for the 2015 Utah Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustrator’s Conference

A great group of illustrators showed up for this years 2015 Utah Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustrator’s Conference in Salt Lake City. We had illustrators from as far north as Montana and Idaho and as far south as St. George. We had a great display of portfolios from about 42 talented illustrators.

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Mark Pett presents at the 2015 Utah Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustrator’s Conference

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mark Pett talks about his process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Pett presented on “How to Get from Blank Page to Bookshelves”. I watched Mark as he autographed and drew in my new copy of “The Girl and the Bicycle”. His hand grasped an Inktense pencil and circled around on the paper back and forth until a gentle little boy appeared on the title page like magic. He was just as skillful at his presentation and delivered 10 steps he takes when working on his book ideas. It was great to see his vision for his new book “Lizard from the Park” and how he worked from the first spark of an idea to the finished book.

2015 Utah Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustrator's Conference

2015 Utah Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustrator’s Conference

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A great group of illustrators

A great group of illustrators

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristine Brogno traveled from San Francisco and Chronicles Books to share her presentation on “Words + Pictures/ Pictures + Words What’s the difference?” She is the award winning Art Director and designer from Chronicle. It was a delight to have her come to the conference. Her presentation had great information for the seasoned illustrator and new illustrators alike. She was friendly and easy to approach with questions. She has a love for great picture books and her presentation opened my eyes to many of the subtleties in picture books and what makes some of the classics so loved.

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Kristine Brogno shares her expertise.

Kristine Brogno's Words + Pictures/Pictures + Words

Kristine Brogno’s Words + Pictures/Pictures + Words

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristine Brogno Art Director from Chronicle Books at the Illustrator's Conference

Kristine Brogno Art Director from Chronicle Books at the Illustrator’s Conference

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guy Francis is the illustrator of many picture books. He spends hours in his basement studio illustrating but when he comes out he always wears a big grin. He talked about what art directors like to see in illustrators. From Talent, Professionalism and Personal Attributes his presentation gave us a good look at what we should strive for as professional illustrators. He also gave some insight into his Clark the Shark books.

Guy Francis at the Utah Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustrator's Conference

Guy Francis at the Utah Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustrator’s Conference

Guy Francis illustrator of Clark the Shark books.

Guy Francis illustrator of Clark the Shark books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Guy getting ready to present.

Guy getting ready to present.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a lunch of soups and bread, and networking with others at the conference, we had a first look. Illustrators submitted a piece of their art work which was shown up on the screen and then critiqued by Brogno, Francis and Pett. We had high quality illustrations from those that attended and we were reminded about what we should think about in our own illustrations.

Checking out the books illustrated by Mark Pett and Guy Francis.

Checking out the books illustrated by Mark Pett and Guy Francis.

 

Checking out the portfolios

Checking out the portfolios

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Checking out the portfolios

A great display of art.

A great display of art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a question and answer session followed by the last activity of the day which was sketching children. It was the perfect way to end a day for children’s book illustrators.
Thanks to every one who attended and the local art directors who came to check out the portfolios.

Manelle Oliphant introduces Guy Francis

Manelle Oliphant introduces Guy Francis

Guy Francis contacted Art Directors for his presentation

Guy Francis contacted Art Directors for his presentation

A few of the books illustrated by Guy Francis

A few of the books illustrated by Guy Francis

Elissa Cruz announces SCBWI upcoming activities. While Shawna Tenney get ready for the Panel discussion.

Elissa Cruz announces SCBWI upcoming activities while Shawna Tenney get ready for the Panel discussion.

Guy Francis, Mark Pett and Kristine Brogno get ready for questions.

Guy Francis, Mark Pett and Kristine Brogno get ready for questions.

Mark Pett autographing books

Mark Pett autographing books

Sketching kids at the conference.

Sketching kids at the conference.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jen Eichelberger introduces Kristine Brogno.

Jen Eichelberger introduces Kristine Brogno.

Thanks to Shawna Tenney and Sherry Meidell for the photos.

Mark Pett

Guy Francis

Kristine Brogno Chronicle Books

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Utah Southern Idaho SCBWI

 

 

 

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 

Save the Date for the Utah/So.Idaho SCBWI Illustrators Conference.

We are delighted with the illustrators and art director presenting at the upcoming Illustrator’s Conference February 21, 2015.  Registration opens December 8, 2014. Early bird price ends January 23rd, 2015. If you have any questions, you can email Sherry Meidell: sherry@sherrymeidell.com It’s going to be another great conference. Lunch will be provided in the form of Hot Soups. See you all there.

Art work by Shawna Tenney

Art work by Shawna Tenney

 

Kristine Brogno Chronicle Books

Utah/So.Idaho SCBWI

Mark Pett

Guy Francis

Shawna Tenney

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.

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.
Good Times

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nathan Hale’s One Dead Spy

A Great Read

A Great Read

 

What exciting news. Nathan Hale who presented at out February Utah/Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustrators Conference is on the New York Times Best Seller List, number 5. Way to go Nathan. It is a great graphic novel and a lot of fun. So nice to have a signed copy.

A nice way to spend a snowy day

Illustrator Manelle Oliphant

Illustrator Manelle Oliphant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Utah Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustrators Conference was February 1. Illustrator Manelle Oliphant introduced us to her relatives and warned us that the juggling would be lame. They started out our conference with a sampling of “Juggling Art and Life”.

Illustrator Nathan Hale

Illustrator Nathan Hale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nathan Hale, the author and illustrator of “Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales” “One Dead Spy” gave us practical advice and offered us many tips from his experience. He talked about his calaboration with author Rick Walton and their book “Frankenstein” a take off on “Madeline”. Like a lot of successful illustrator’s these days, he makes his own work.

Author Kristyn Crow

Author Kristyn Crow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristyn Crow the author of many books such as “Zombelina” talked about “Writing Like a Screen Writer”. She gave some great information about writing that can be used for illustrators creating there own works. She talked about hooks, zombies and powerful reads.

Illustrator Bethanne Andersen

Illustrator Bethanne Andersen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bethanne Andersen illustrator of “Louisa The Life of Louisa May Alcott”spoke on “What New Hell is This”. She told the illustrator’s do not quit and the smallest things matter. Do your own work and throw it out there.

Illustrators Sherry Meidell, Manelle Oliphant, Jen Eichelburger, and Shawna Tenney

Illustrators Sherry Meidell, Manelle Oliphant, Jen Eichelburger, and Shawna Tenney

Reviewing Portfolios

Reviewing Portfolios

Reviewing Portfolios

Reviewing Portfolios

David from Familius

David from Familius

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All three presenters were wonderful. Local art directors were invited to join us for some soup and take a look at the portfolios that illustrators displayed. After lunch we broke into groups and critiqued portfolios and chose the winner of the illustration challenge.

Critique Groups

Critique Groups

Critique Groups

Critique Groups

 

 

 

 

 

Shawna Tenney's Critique Group

Shawna Tenney’s Critique Group

Asking Questions

Asking Questions

Jay Fontano winner of the illustrator challenge

Jay Fontano winner of the illustrator challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nathan Hale

Bethanne Andersen

Kristyn Crow

Manelle Oliphant

Shawna Tenney

Jen Eichelberger

Sherry Meidell

Jay Fontano

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