The 39th Annual SCBWI International Summer Conference was held just a week ago, and the Portfolio Showcase was another wonderful success! This annual event offers a unique opportunity designed specifically for our illustrator participants.
Not only are awards presented, but each year illustrators share success stories of being contacted after the conference by editors, art directors, agents, and other publishing professionals who viewed their portfolio at our event and have expressed an interest in working with them on children's books and/or other related materials to be published!
At this year's conference, I was delighted to present an Illustrator Workshop, along with David Diaz, with my part focusing on Expression Techniques. Illustrators worked diligently on worksheets I prepared for them, which included head shapes with blank faces for them to create, showing various expressions. Sketching a child and an animal character from behind, showing expressions without any facials visible was the highlight of my part of the workshop. I really enjoyed seeing those illustrations!