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On August 1st I flew to Los Angeles to attend the 42nd Annual SCBWI Summer Conference. As usual, this year's conference was a whirlwind of information, inspiration, old friends, new friends, too much coffee and not enough sleep. And as usual, I didn't take nearly as many photos as I meant to. But, I did manage to get a photo of Bruce Degen (creator of Jamberry and illustrator of The Magic School Bus books) and Mac Barnett (author of one of my very favorite books, Extra Yarn).
And here are some conference highlights...
-Laurie Halse Anderson
's keynote speech. One of my favorite things that she said was "Speak the truth, even if your voice shakes".
's workshop, "How to Take Control of Your Career and Chart a Plan". Steven talked about slowing down and making thoughtful, proactive career decisions. He gave me a lot of think about.
's workshop on writing for illustrators left me feeling encouraged to keep chasing a story idea that I haven't quite been able to nail down.
's presentation at the illustrator's intensive. Dan talked about the importance of design in illustration, which I thought was really interesting and helpful.
's thoughtful critique of my book dummy. Now I have some new ideas on how to improve my story.
! I really
love Carson Ellis' work and it was great to hear about her process. Also, her really cute baby was there.
-Seeing friends! (Check out my friend, Tina Kugler
's, awesome illustrations!)
|Tina and I at the Black and White Ball|
-And finally, one of the biggest highlights for me this year was being the recipient of a mentorship award
, as well as an honor award
The portfolio critiques that I received from the five mentors were extremely helpful and I came away with some really concrete advice on how to improve my work. I feel very honored to be in the company of the other mentorship winners and I'm looking forward to getting to know them better! Please take some time to check out their wonderful work... Andy Musser
, Corinna Luyken
, Linda Dorn
, and Roldolfo Montalvo
I also had the privilege of meeting Lisa Woods
, the other honor award winner, and Maral Sassouni
, the Grand Prize winner.
After the conference there was lots of hanging out with friends, which included some delicious Udon noodles with illustrators Maple Lam
and Jen Betton
, and a trip to Seattle with my friend and critique partner, Lisa Anchin,
to visit the third member of our critique group, Jessixa Bagley
(and Jessixa's very talented artist husband, Aaron Bagley
|A typical Seattle afternoon with Jessixa and Lisa|
After a few days with Jessixa and Lisa, my husband met me in Seattle and we headed to the Olympic Peninsula where we did some camping, visited the Hoh rainforest (which is AMAZING!), went to beautiful Ruby Beach, and had a great time (and some great food) in Port Townsend. (Side note... while enjoying some really good sea food in Port Townsend, we spotted Cloris Leachman
a few tables away!)
It always takes a little while to settle back in after a trip, but deadlines are quickly approaching, story ideas are eager to be written down, and my studio is in serious need of a sorting out. So now I'm off to ink and paint (the sorting out will have to wait for another day). I hope these last days of summer are treating you well! If you went to the conference, too, I'd love to hear about your experience!
After a whirlwind of a conference in L.A. and a lovely tour around Seattle and the Olympic Peninsula, I finally arrived home late last night. Next week I'll tell you more about the conference and my trip, but for now here's a picture of my updated inspiration board and a few photos of beautiful Washington. Now there are bags to unpack, plants to water, emails to write, and naps to take. I hope you've been enjoying August!
Oh! Hello again! Between project deadlines and getting ready to head to L.A. tomorrow, I'm afraid the ol' blog has become a bit dusty. So here's a peek at my latest portfolio piece, and a promise that once I'm back from the conference
(and my post-conference visit to Seattle), I will get out the feather duster and spiffy things up around here.
If you're headed to the conference, too, and you happen to see me wandering around looking hungry, over-caffeinated, and overwhelmed by all of the inspiration, then please say hello!
Ok, I have a few more (er... more than a few) things to do before I head to the airport tomorrow, so adios for now! I'll see you again in a couple of weeks! :)
Here are a few details from the illustration I worked on over the weekend. The summer seems to be moving at warp speed this year and the SCBWI Summer Conference
is just around the corner. Eeep!
This week I'll be working on two different book projects, printing a new portfolio, putting together my book dummy, and getting new postcards designed and ordered. I'm also taking classes to get my scuba diving certification
, which I'm loving! What are you up to this week? I'd love to hear!
I've been working on adding some darker pieces to my portfolio. Usually, my portfolio pieces are inspired by a character or setting that appeared in a doodle or a story idea I'm working on. But, this image is about my family and feels a little more personal than usual.
One of my grandmother's has Alzheimer's and the other has dementia. I've been thinking a lot about how very strange and uncomfortable it must be to have your memories all jumbled together and to have the timeline of your life mixed up. This is the illustration that came from those thoughts.
In cheerier news, here's a cool blog post
from author/illustrator Kelly Light.
I hope that you had a good weekend! Happy Monday to you!
I'm working on sprucing up my portfolio for the SCBWI Summer Conference
. Lots of drawing, inking, and painting... and a monster here and there.
I hope that you had a good weekend! I spent mine running errands, seeing a bad movie, cleaning the house and wrangling our new puppy, Olive. I'll spend the week working on book projects, getting ready for the SCBWI Summer Conference in L.A
, and loving on (and being exhausted by) the puppy. And I'm hoping to find my way to a forest wilderness sometime soon. Happy Monday to you!
A couple of weeks ago author/illustrator, Joyce Wan, tagged me to join in "The Next Big Thing", a blog tour about children's books that started in Australia and has spread around the world. (You can see Joyce's post here). Thanks, Joyce!!
I'll be answering questions about my two up-coming books. Here goes!!...
1. What is the working title of your next book?
Cupcakes Cousins by Kate Hannigan and Baby Love by Angela DiTerlizzi.
2. Where did the idea come from for the book?
The ideas came from Kate and Angela, authors extraordinaire!
3. What genre does your book fall under?
Cupcake Cousins is an illustrated middle grade book. Baby Love is a picture book.
4. What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
The two main characters in Cupcake Cousins are Willow and Delia. For Willow I think I'd choose a 10 year old Megan Follows, from Anne of Green Gables fame. For Delia I think Amandla Stenberg, who played Rue in The Hunger Games, would be a good fit.
For Baby Love
I'd choose my cousin, Laura and her very cute baby, Harper!
5. Who is publishing your book?Cupcake Cousins
is being published by Disney/Hyperion
and Baby Love
will be published by Beach Lane Books
(an imprint of Simon and Schuster).
6. How long did it take you to illustrate the book?
Well, I'm still working on both books, but it looks like each book will take about nine or ten months.
7. What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Hm... I can't think of a book that I've read that reminds me of Cupcake Cousins
. Maybe Kate can field that one (you can see a link to her blog below).Baby Love
reminds me a little of Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, by Mem Fox
8. Who or what inspired you in illustrating this book?
For Cupcake Cousins
I was very inspired by Kate's writing. Her descriptions really brought the characters to life and I've loved exploring the world that Kate has created. The two main characters love to bake and so do I, so that helped, too.
For Baby Love
, Angela's text is really lovely and simple and left a lot of room for me to explore. I asked both Angela and my cousin, Laura, to send me pictures of their babies, which has been really helpful since I don't have a baby of my own. One of the most inspiring things has been to hang out with my friend Bethany and her darling baby and to see how they interact together.
9. What else about the book might pique the reader's interest?Cupcake Cousins
is such a warm, heart-felt, summertime story. And there are recipes!!Baby Love
will make a wonderful gift for new parents (or anyone who likes babies!) and is a very sweet story. It will be perfect to read to little ones at bedtime or anytime they need a little extra love.
And now it's my turn to do the tagging...
The fabulous Kate Hannigan
will be talking about Cupcake Cousins
. Hooray, Kate!
And my friend, critique partner, and amazing author/illustrator, Tina Kugler
, will be talking about her new picture book, In Mary's Garden
, which she is creating with her husband, Carson Kugler
Thank you again to Joyce Wan for inviting me to be a part of "The Next Big Thing". Please be sure to visit Joyce's blog
Thanks for reading and happy Tuesday!
Yesterday I took a break from packing up my studio to do some doodling. This weekend we're moving into a new house. While I'm very excited to have a new studio that has several windows and isn't in the basement like my current workspace, I'm much less excited about the whole packing things into boxes and schlepping around furniture side of things. But, it will be over soon and I'm looking forward to a fresh start in a new home.
I hope that you will have a happy, springy, Easter-y weekend! I'll see you next week from my new house!
Phew! The move is over, although pretty much everything is still in boxes. But, with deadlines approaching things will have to stay in boxes a little while longer.
Here are a few girls I doodled to start off the day. I hope this week finds you well!
My studio is slowly coming together. The bulletin board and bookshelves are full and the unpacked boxes are hidden away for now. We've had over a foot of snow in the last few days and it's nice and cozy inside, which is where I'll be staying until I've finished the drawings I'm working on.
I hope that you're someplace warm and cozy, too, and that you're feeling inspired. :)
I'm very excited to share that I will be illustrating my second picture book!
The story, which is by Linda Ashman
, is called "MORE!" and will be published by Random House
in fall of 2015. I really
love this manuscript and am over the moon to be a part of this project! Linda has written many wonderful books and you can see some of them here
In other news, here are some blog posts that I think you might like...An interview with illustrator, Trina Schart HymanA post on Mr. Schu's blog, "Watch Connect Read", about Marla Frazee, Chris Rashka, and David Ezra Stein And illustrator, Julia Denos presents the Fairy bell sisters.
Happy reading! And happy spring!!
When I posted my "It takes courage..." illustration last month, a few peopled inquired about whether or not I would be adding the image to my Etsy shop. It's taken me awhile, but I finally have a new listing up for this illustrated E.E. Cummings quote! Hooray! You can see the listing here
I hope you're having a happy Monday!
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This is Hazel and her best friend, Hare. They're heading off for a vacation to California's Muir woods. They're also going to visit the beach. Hare loves to go beach-combing and is especially fond of collecting interesting pieces of sea glass.
Also, here's an interview with Mo Willems
about writing for kids. Enjoy your weekend!