Monday, April 23, 2012

My Brain is Full

I spent the past three days at the New England Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (NESCBWI) Spring Conference which was held in nearby Springfield, Massachusetts — wow, what an inspiring, exciting, exhausting (!), and extremely motivating experience.  

There were so many wonderful, generous writers and illustrators in attendance — all willing to share their knowledge and experience.  Lots to take in and absorb.  After I post this I plan on going through my notes and paperwork from the weekend and sort it all out — but before I do that, I wanted to let you know that my entry for the Poster Contest won Third Place in the People's Choice category!  Woo hoo!  Here is the image I submitted:

The theme of the contest was: A Whole New World — our instructions were:  "How do you go about building an entire world in just one image? How do you use illustration to "keep it real"? Explore a new world in your poster."

And look, see... here's my award certificate!  :^)

There were a lot of amazing entries... It was an honor to be chosen third by those attending the conference — I am beyond thrilled!  I promise I will provide a link to all the other winners' entries when it becomes available (I'm hoping NESCBWI will be putting that online!).  

Ok, I better get sorting through those notes!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Check that off my list!

The NESCBWI Spring Conference is NEXT weekend — and I'm slowly but surely checking things off of my to-do list.  My big accomplishment this afternoon was getting three portfolios ready to bring with me. 

The FIRST portfolio is for the Portfolio Showcase — art directors, editors, publishers, agents and conference attendees will have a chance to look at my portfolio... very exciting!  

The SECOND portfolio is for the Portfolio Critique — each participant is assigned an editor or agent who will offer feedback.  A great opportunity.

The THIRD portfolio is for the Illustrator's Peer Portfolio Review (Speed-Dating Style!) — illustrators will swap portfolios and provide critique, listen and learn.

Well, I better get back to that to-do list!