Saturday, February 1, 2014

Getting ready for the SCBWI conference

I'm so excited to be going to this conference, not only will I get an introduction to the whole business, but I signed up for an illustrator intensive workshop and a portfolio review session.  As I've mentioned before, I've never had a portfolio and am having some anxiety about putting one together.  I've read a few blog posts about assembling one that have been very helpful - here is the link to one. Great advice and I'm following it as best I can.

I've gone thru all my artwork, and have a pile set aside of potential pieces to include.  The pile is too high - I only need about 12 - 15 pages of work, but I am working on everything to ensure that I have the right pieces that will go together. Everything is scanned into the computer, and sized for printing.  I'm doing trial prints but will have the final prints done at a local print shop.  I bought a portfolio book, and I'll be ready to assemble it all in a few weeks.  I've ordered business cards and those are coming today.

I plan on going to the city a day or so early to see friends and relatives - and to get a slice of real NYC pizza, and some really decent bagels.  I'm looking forward to this trip - there is so much to do in the city that I could spend all week there!

A new story about gardens

Peter ropes the wolf, while the hunter wants to shoot the animal.  Work in process

One of my fish drawings

I've also joined a group that meets once a month to review Children's Book manuscripts - a totally new idea for me, but a great group.  More on that at another time.


  1. I love all your work, but the fish are my favorite! Congratulations on your new adventure.

  2. Best of luck with your portfolio and all else. I wish I was going with you for moral support. :) I know you will have a great time and learn a lot. Your group sounds fantastic. It is good to have someone you can bounce ideas off and network with.

  3. Oh how exciting to enter this new path! I know it (and you) will be a success ;)