I think this was my third SCBWI big conference, and WOW! another awesome experience. I wish I had the time to share ALL my notes here, but will limit them to a few... (Please note, these may not be exact speaker quotes)
Very special thanks to Laurent Linn and Amy June Bates for their phenomenal workshops and all the great advice, encouragement and suggestions regarding my illustrations!
Amy June Bates, "We can't just wait for the magic to happen. We have to be brave and embrace our vulnerability now."
Amy also shared an inspiring quote from Chuck Close, one of my all-time favorite artists. Click here for his advice to young artists...
Laurent Linn, shared that the computer is just another 'medium' now, like watercolor, paint, or pastels. He showed us many samples of current artists he's working with and the class very often couldn't tell if it was digital or traditionally-created. There is NO prejudice against digital illustration these days. Cool! Laurent also stressed that everything in the scene is a character - the clock on the wall, the flowers in the pot, the shoes on the character's feet etc. Laurent sees each picture book as a little 'movie'. As illustrators we are costume designers, set designers, etc. And of course, the child reading the book IS the main character.....!
"Make every sketch a story!"
Laurie Halse Anderson. First time hearing her speak (AMAZING), and she autorgraphed Wintergirls for me! Laurie encouraged us to give ourselves the gifts of: Time, Space, Art, Craft, and Permission. She also suggested we each do an analysis of how we spend our time for one week, the challenged us to follow this "ideal ratio for creative people":
"For every 10 hours of creating, spend 5 hours reading (other writers, studying, research, etc.) and one our of play (internet)."
And ask ourselves, "How is internet time helping my dreams??" Turn the computer OFF when creating, so won't get distracted.
Kay Winters, "Sometimes we think we write for one reason, but it's really for another." :)
Deb Heiligman. Also heard Deb speak at the Rutgers One-on-One Workshop in 2010, and was blessed to sit next to her at lunch on Saturday! She encouraged us in a variety of wonderful ways to "get over our fear, write from our hearts, and trust the process." She shared that in this business, "what we write is really the only thing we have control over!" She shared about our focus now should be spending time working on our craft, not necessarily developing a media presence. etc. She ended her talk by sharing from Uri Shulevit'z The Treasure... "We don't have to leave home to find our treasure. It's IN US...! WOW!
GREAT CONFERENCE! For anyone interested in children's book writing and illustrating, I encourage you to get involved with your local SCBWI chapter!!!
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