Drawn to Color

I'm excited to announce I have an illustration in Drawn to Color, a Pacific Northwest-themed coloring book recently released by Little Bigfoot, an imprint of Sasquatch Books. Edited by the brililant picture book maker Ben Clanton, Drawn to Color features artwork from over 20 children's book artists.

For more information, check out Drawn To Color on the Little Bigfoot website.

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SCBWI Summer Conference 2017

In July, I traveled to LA for the SCBWI Summer Conference, a weekend of children's book lectures and workshops. A few of my favorite highlights include: Vanessa Brantley Newton's advice on adding ethnic diversity to character designs, Sean Qualls's keynote about his path to becoming a children's book illustrator, and Marvin Terban's entertaining yet moving presentation about the importance of writing humor for children.

The portfolio showcase was another highlight, featuring artwork from hundreds of illustrators attending the conference, I walked away with a bag full of lovely promo cards and a brain abuzz with inspiration. As an added bonus, my artwork received a honor award in the portfolio showcase. 

SCBWI Illustration Retreat

In November of 2016, I attended the SCBWI Western Washington illustrators retreat. Christian Robinson and Catia Chien were the faculty. Over three days, they taught workshops on a variety of topics including: character development, book design, and storytelling with paper collage. 

In addition to the workshops, there was ample time to hang out with the other illustrator attendees, who hailed from both Oregon and Washington. The retreated started right after the presidential election, and I felt very lucky to be spend that time surrounded by a group of positive and inspiring artists.

SCBWI Summer Conference 2016

At the end of July, I visited LA for the Annual SCBWI Summer Conference. The four days were filled with sessions by renowned professionals from around the children's book world, including several of my favorite authors and illustrators. Their presentations covered a variety of topics on writing and illustrating for kids, from practical tips to thought-provoking ideas on the creative process.

Getting to spend a long weekend immersed in children's books with the 1,000 other passionate attendees was a delightful experience; here are a few highlights: 

Neal Porter talked in depth about his process of working with authors and illustrators, from first emails all the way to finished books. I was especially excited to hear him talk about one of my favorites, The Iridescence of Birds, and his collaboration with with the author Patricia MacLachlan and illustrator Jill Hadley Hooper.

Neal Porter talked in depth about his process of working with authors and illustrators, from first emails all the way to finished books. I was especially excited to hear him talk about one of my favorites, The Iridescence of Birds, and his collaboration with with the author Patricia MacLachlan and illustrator Jill Hadley Hooper.

Jon Klassen talked thoughtfully about the creative process during his keynote titled: "Finding Yourself in the Work." He gave examples of approaches artists have used to create work that is both innovative and authentic, and talked about how his own process has developed. 

Jon Klassen talked thoughtfully about the creative process during his keynote titled: "Finding Yourself in the Work." He gave examples of approaches artists have used to create work that is both innovative and authentic, and talked about how his own process has developed. 

Drew Daywalt gave an inspiring keynote about his long journey to picture books, from writing scripts in Hollywood to his first kid's book, "The Day the Crayon's Quit." It was also inspiring to hear him use the word "jackanape," which prompted this sketchbook page of scribbles.

Drew Daywalt gave an inspiring keynote about his long journey to picture books, from writing scripts in Hollywood to his first kid's book, "The Day the Crayon's Quit." It was also inspiring to hear him use the word "jackanape," which prompted this sketchbook page of scribbles.

Illustrator promo cards! One of my favorites parts of attending SCBWI conferences. It feels so special to meet other artists and take a bit of their art home. 

Illustrator promo cards! One of my favorites parts of attending SCBWI conferences. It feels so special to meet other artists and take a bit of their art home. 

Near the end of the conference, my portfolio won an award in the illustrator showcase. This is my 12th SCBWI conference and the 8th time I've entered the showcase at one of the big conferences; it was really encouraging to see growth in my work and to be recognized. Above are postcards from a few of the winners, see the full list here. 

Near the end of the conference, my portfolio won an award in the illustrator showcase. This is my 12th SCBWI conference and the 8th time I've entered the showcase at one of the big conferences; it was really encouraging to see growth in my work and to be recognized. Above are postcards from a few of the winners, see the full list here

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