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

Thank you for visiting!

SCBWI Winter Conference

In February, I traveled to NY to attend the annual SCBWI Winter Conference. The program was packed with great speakers and events, and it was fantastic to hang out with children's book friends old and new. Here are a few highlights:

Giant Robot Post-It Show

I'm excited to announce that I'm participating in Giant Robot's Post-It show! The show opens this Saturday (December 5th, 2015) and will stay up for a week. All the artwork will be on 3"x3" post-its, and each is for sale for only $25! Over 300 artists are participating and over 2,500 pieces of post-it art are expected to be on display. More info here:

http://www.giantrobot.com/blogs/giant-robot-store-and-gr2-news/78736131-gr2-post-it-11-dec-5th-dec-13th

Here's a look at the pieces I submitted. Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend the show, so I'm counting on you to track down my post-its!

Hope you're having a great holiday season!

-Andy

SCBWI OR/WA Retreat

At the beginning of October, I attend an illustrator's retreat held by the SCBWI Oregon and Washington chapters in Silver Falls State Park. The weekend was full of sessions taught by the faculty, Leuyen Pham and Eric Rohmann, and art making and camaraderie with my fellow illustrator attendees.

Leuyen and Eric covered a variety of topics, including: storytelling, design, technique, and they both talked about their careers and shared tips they learned along the way. My favorite quote came from Leuyen while she was critiquing one of my illustrations, it featured a boy and several cats:

Use your cats as directional lines!
— Leuyen Pham

Which seems like useful advice for any occasion. Thanks for taking a look!