SCBWI L.A. Illustrator’s Day was yesterday and what an amazing and inspirational day it was… and, huh, wouldn’t you know it, the them was “Be Inspired!”
So wow, the speakers were fantastic!
Author/illustrator Brian Floca spoke about making picture books from concept to finish and all the trials, inspirations and triumphs in between.
Literary agent, Jennifer Rofé, talked all about how to promote your book, and for those of us who don’t quite have a book yet, how to promote yourself and your art.
Sr. Creative Director at MacMillan Rich Deas gave us a glimpse into the agony and the ecstasy of designing the cover of Y.A. novels.
Tricycle Press Editor, Abigail Samoun gave us 6 easy, (or not so easy) steps to becoming a Children’s Book expert. Many things are involved but two books she suggested were Uri Shulevitz’s “Writing with Pictures” and Molly Bang’s “Picture This: How Pictures Work”. She even gave us a few lessons from Ms. Bang’s book which blew me away. I have Uri’s book already, but I’m running to get “Picture This”.
Then last, but certainly not least, Dan Santat gave a hilarious and inspirational speech about how he got into the biz. What a crazy-talented, yet humble guy he is.
There was also the illustration contest in which we were to interpret and illustrate the sentence (taken from Edgar Allen Poe):
“It was night, and the rain fell; and falling, it was rain, but, having fallen, it was…”
The winners (pictured and numbered above) were:
Joan Charles – 1st place
Carolyn Le – 2nd place
Cliff Cramp – 3rd place
There was also a portfolio contest with a people’s choice winner and 3 winners judged by the speakers… now if only I could remember who they were. Soooo sorry! I can’t find them listed anywhere, but they will, no doubt be listed on the SCBWI site at some point. They were all fantastic. It was a tough choice. Oh the one I voted for won first prize! I know a good thing when I see it, eh?
Oh yes, there were also raffles and books for sale. Not to mention all the schmoozing. It was like a mini-conference!
Anyway, all that, a box lunch and catching a terrible cold is what I got from Illustrator’s Day, and I have to say, the cold was worth it. It was a wonderful, wonderful day! Sniff! Achooooo!