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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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.

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Kristine Brogno Chronicle Books

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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

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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

Registration Open for The Annual Utah/Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustrator’s Conference 2013

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Register now for the Annual Utah/Southern Idaho SCBWI Illustrator’s Conference. This year we are excited to have Martha Rago the Executive Art Director of Harper Collins Children’s Books and Mark and Caralyn Buehner the writer and illustrator team of many picture books. Register by January 11, 2012 for early bird prices. To register, go to:

http://www.scbwi.org/Regional-Chapters.aspx?R=49&sec=Events

Email Sherry Meidell sherry@sherrymeidell.com  Illustrator Coordinator for Utah/Southern Idaho SCBWI with any questions you may have.      A big thank you to Manelle Oliphant for this years poster.

Where: Sons of the Utah Pioneers Building, 3301 E. 2920 S., Salt Lake City, Utah

When: February 23, 2013

Starting time:  8 a.m – 8:45 set up portfolios, bagels and mingle  9 a.m. – 3 p.m. conference  

Lunch included with conference

Questions: sherry@sherrymeidell.com

Registration will be limited to 65 so sign up early.

Early Bird Registration sign up before January 11, 2013:

$60.00 for SCBWI members

$65.00 for students

$75.00 for non SCBWI members

$5.00 for portfolio display

A table will be set up for those participating in the portfolio display. Portfolios should be 12″ x 18″ or smaller (when closed) and can be displayed with one stack of post cards or business cards.  Portfolios should contain 10 – 15 pieces in a contained portfolio. Please no originals. Put your best piece first, followed by your best piece second, followed by your best piece 3rd and 4th. etc. ending up with your strongest piece. You can also attach a book dummy to your portfolio. Place it after your illustrations and attached with a string from your book dummy to your portfolio. (You want your portfolio geared to children’s art and story telling.  Martha Rago and those attending the conference will have some time to view the portfolios. Cheryl Klein posted the following information on what she likes to see in a portfolio.

http://chavelaque.blogspot.com/2008/04/squids-101-what-i-like-to-see-in.html

posted by Cheryl Klein

$45.00 for Illustrator’s Intensive with Martha Rago (must attend conference to participate. Limited to first 25 who register)

Martha Rago Intensive

Workshop on developing characters and their corresponding world.

Attendees will choose a manuscript to work with or a concept described in the packet. The goal is to create characters and details that describe and bring them to life.

First Step Character Studies: loose sketches and color pieces showing style and technique for an initial critique via email. These will have to be turned in by January 20th.

Second State: using manuscript, work up rough dummy. Figure which scene is most dramatic and interesting and work up a sample spread incorporating comments from character sketches or a jacket image. Bring them to the live critique at the conference.

After January 12, 2012

$70.00 for SCBWI members

$75.00 for students

$85.00 for non SCBWI members

Martha Rago

Throughout her career as a designer and art director, Martha Rago has been fortunate to work with many established and award-winning illustrators including David Small, Ed Young, Tomie DePaola, Kadir Nelson, Rosemary Wells, Susan Jeffers and Mo Willems. She has also helped develop work from picture book talents early in their careers like Demise Fleming, Peter McCarty, Julie Paschkis and Antoinette Portis and had the pleasure of seeing them grow and receive acclaim over the years.

Martha is currently the Associate Creative Director for HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she has been for 10 years. She oversees the development and design of HarperCollins picture books under the Harper imprint including those in the Rayo, Collins, in the estate programs of C.S. Lewis and Shel Silverstein, the Katherine Tegen imprint, and the Blazer & Bray imprint.

 

HarperCollins Children’s Books:

For the eleventh consecutive year, HarperCollins Children’s Books had the greatest number of books on the New York Times bestseller lists among children’s book publishers. Of the 51 titles that made the list, 12 reached the number one position, including Divergent by Veronica Roth, If You Give A Dog A Donut by Laura Numeroff, Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin, Insurgent by Veronica Roth, Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin, The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore, One Direction: Dare to Dream by One Direction, Every Thing On It by Shel Silverstein, Pinkalicious and the Pink Pumpkin by Victoria Kann, Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet by Jane O’Connor, and The Fame Game by Lauren Conrad.

Harper Collins web site http://www.harpercollins.com/footer/companyProfile.aspx

Mark Beuhner is an amazing illlustrator of many children’s books such as “Niccolini’s Song” written by Chuck Wilcoxen and “My Life with the Wave” written by Catherine Cowan.

Caralyn Beuhner has written many of the books Mark has illustrated and others such as “Would I Ever Lie to You” illustrated by  Jack E. Davis

www.buehnerbooks.com