Attended an awesome SCBWI event at the Lancaster, PA Public Library over the weekend.
A new friend took me to the Lancaster Central Marker for lunch.
Here's a shot of one of my favorite spots - a bakery!
These are my first digitally-created children's book illustrations! I originally started to do these as watercolors, then decided to try it this way instead. Did the sketches on tracing paper, then scanned them into Adobe Photoshop. I still see changes I would make and have found how easy it is to spend hours and hours on my Wacom tablet....!
I'm beginning work a project for an SCBWI Illustrators Day in September. We have to bring 2-3 illustrated spreads to "Little Red Riding Hood". I began my sketches yesterday. When my husband saw my character, he said, "It's you!" Hmmm.....
This was the first time I’ve ever met with other Children’s Book writers/illustrators, editors, and an agent over dinner-- It was a great experience, a great evening, and a great investment! Thanks so much to Kathy and Laurie for putting it all together. The only bad thing was terror struck about 10 seconds before I introduced myself and I could hardly speak above a whisper. Ugh!
Here’s highlights of some advice I gleaned that night. You may have heard this before, but it was very helpful to me—especially coming right from the “horse’s mouth”, so to speak:
• Another writer suggested reading your story out loud to children to get their feedback. She said this helped her very much.
• “Be true to yourself.” If you like to work in a certain genre, style, or medium then do that!
• “It’s a mistake to write for the market.” Develop your writing skills, find your ‘voice’ and go from there.
• Publishers are looking for character-driven stories (among other things).
• The [first] cover sets the tone for the look of the series ~~ very important.
• Great things can come out of attending First-Page Sessions!
A visual diary