If you’re in LA, look for two of my drawings in the Post It Show at GR2 Gallery before it ends December 9th!
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.
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.
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.
At the beginning of this month, I attended the SCBWI Summer Conference in LA. I've been a few times in the past and found it very useful and inspiring, this year was no different. Lots of fantastic speakers, powerful stories, and helpful advice. Here's a slideshow of a few highlights:
In addition to the great faculty, it was energizing and inspiring to be surrounded by the sixty or so other illustrators who attended. It was an incredible weekend and I feel honored to have had the chance to go. The fun of the retreat is over, but I'm excited to return to my troll hole and continue drawing and experimenting.