Interested in Children’s Book Illustration? Whether you are just starting out or you are a seasoned pro, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Southern Breeze Region is hopping with talent, resources, and folks to get to know. Led by Illustrator Coordinator Elizabeth Dulemba, with assistance from Kathleen Bradshaw, the region offers ways to develop your craft and network with industry professionals throughout the year. (Click here for the Southern Breeze Illustrators Corner.)
One of the most ambitious events is always Illustrators’ Day, jam-packed with talks from leaders in the field as well as feedback on artwork.
Held previously in September, the event is moving to the Friday just before the Southern Breeze Springmingle conference in Atlanta, the last weekend in February.
(Note: I will actually be in the building but involved in the other Friday option that day – a verse novels intensive with Nikki Grimes! But I look forward to meeting some of our Illustrators’ Day guests and taking a look at portfolios, etc.)
Here’s the scoop on the 2013 Illustrators’ Day:
Friday, February 22nd, from 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Century Center Marriott (the same location as Springmingle).
Cost: $65 per person for SCBWI members, $70 for SCAD or AIA students, and $85 for non-members. Audit options will be available to regristrants after the first 30 slots are filled.
Organizers are looking forward to the new date and digs.
“We hope that with this new change, our illustrators will want to stick around to enjoy the advantages of the entire conference weekend, although it’s not required,” says Elizabeth Dulemba. “We will also be overlapping some of our speakers.”
Binders Art Supply will host a Portfolio Viewing Cocktail Party from 4:00pm to 6:00pm for local Art Directors, gallery owners, instructors, etc. to drop by and view attendees’ work. (In other words, you’ll want to stay later, says Elizabeth! Please include take-aways with your portfolio – business cards, postcards, bookmarks, tear sheets, etc.)
“We will also have a display table just for book dummies along with the portfolios,” adds Elizabeth. “We’re offering amazing new opportunities for our illustrators to learn more about the business of children’s books and perhaps get some good leads for freelance work.”
The incredible line-up of speakers and mentors includes Chad Beckerman, Creative Director for Abrams (Abrams Appleseed, Abrams Books for Young Readers, and Amulet Books) Dianne Hess, Executive Editor at Scholastic and Blue Sky Press,and Will Terry, illustrator and innovator.
Illustrator Mark Braught will mentor the first 12 registrees (first-come, first-served) with an assigned project before the workshop. The goal: to create a finished piece ready to show on Illustrators’ Day during the Portfolio Reviews.
Portfolio Reviews: The first 30 registrees will display their work and receive feedback from this illustrious faculty in a public overview manner (timed – no more than 2 minutes). (Attendees should follow the Portfolio Guidelines on the Southern Breeze site.)
NEW! Dummy Display: This year a designated table in the portfolio viewing area will be dedicated to the display of picture book dummies.
Registration is now open!
For more information, for links to all these great speakers, and to sign up, click here.
For questions, contact Elizabeth O. Dulemba: http://dulemba.com elizabeth at dulemba dot com.