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 Illustrator Retreat


Last weekend, I attended an illustration retreat at the Dumas Bay Centre in Federal Way, Washington. Organized by the SCBWI chapters from Western Washington and Oregon, the retreat was a weekend filled with delightfully challenging workshops led by Kelly Murphy and Sergio Ruzzier.

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.





Here are a few paintings from one Kelly Murphy's workshops, which involved experimenting with color palettes.





Here are a few drawings from Sergio Ruzzier's workshops, which involved lots of inking and thinking.



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SCBWI Illustrator Exhibit


Howdy everyone!

Come see the Illustrator Exhibit held by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators of Western Washington! Please come join us for the reception on Sunday, October 27th from 2-5pm.

The show will be hanging at the Washington State Convention Center (on level 2, south galleria) from October 10th,  2013 to January 8th, 2014.

There will be a plethora of great illustration, including a painting by yours' truly! Full details are on the poster, hope to see you at the reception!