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)

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.

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.

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Guy Francis

Kristine Brogno Chronicle Books

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Illustrators at the Bountiful Davis Art Center

 

The Bountiful Davis Art Center was filled with right brained illustrators, taking notes and filling their sketch books on Saturday February 25th. You could feel the creative atmosphere increase as the illustrators started streaming through the door. The number of those who attended more than doubled from last year. Forty illustrators from across the state converged on the Art Center to improve their craft. Will Terry convinced many of his students from UVU to attend which added to the excitement.

We were welcomed and introduced to the Conference by Sydney Hussman the Regional Advisor of SCBWI then Sherry Meidell, the SCBWI illustrator coordinator did a presentation on the Characteristics of Children. She invited the illustrators to sketch as she presented so they would not slip off their chairs onto the floor into a coma. No one dropped so she felt the presentation was successful.

 

 

Anne Bowen at UTSCBWI Illustrators

 

Author Anne Bowen

 

Illustrators at BDAC

 

Anne Bowen, the author of several picture books, (including “I Know An Old Teacher” illustrated by Stephen Gammell)  captured the audience with words. She talked about the characteristics of the “List’ Picture Book and the “Story” Picture Book and helped us to look at picture books from the writing end of things. She used manuscripts from writers including her “Scooter in THE OUTSIDE” which will soon be a book. Hands went up with many questions which Anne answered nicely. She captured the attention of illustrators with word and stories.

 

Will Terry presented about marketing yourself in a global market place. Will has done an excellent job with teaching videos that he has available on his web site and ebooks that lead the viewer back to his web site and blog. He shared great information about how to make sure your art stays out in the public eye. Being an illustrator, he captured our attention with pictures and words. One of the benefits of being at a conference is finding out information that just comes up by being there. We were able to watch Will use his ipad to sketch with his finger. It’s almost like being a super hero. The drawing came out of the end of his finger. Ahhh or Arggh We have entered the digital age.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After a break for lunch, we met downstair to sketch children. A family of eight were kind enough to sit on the floor and play while the illustrators tried to capture the children with a quick eye and quicker sketching. Kids do not hold still. The two year old ran around the group, singing out, “My feet. My feet. My feet.” The trick was trying to capture a moving object and trap it on your paper. You can’t help sketching with a smile when you are sketching kids. The two year old did something that got his little 5 month old sister to first giggle and then laugh right out loud. The illustrators came up with some great sketches which we displayed around the room with portfolios and post cards to share with those that attended. An added bonus was an impromptu showing of Mark Pett’s book that has been bought by Simon and Schuster “A Boy and His Plane” It is a delightful wordless picture book, one that will become a treasure.

 

Will Terry competing with BDAC Sculpture

 

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An added benefit was the BDAC Statewide Exhibition which was hanging and gave illlustrators a view of some of the amazing art being created around the state. It was a great conference with great information at a great price. We were introduced to new ideas and given new direction. It was a nice way to spend a Saturday.

 

Will grabs their attention.

 

Will Terry Answering Questions

 

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Mark Pett’s impromptu presentation