Monthly Archives: April 2008

Sad NE-SCBWI Stories

I went to the New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference this past Saturday. It was quite an adventure.

The morning of the conference, I woke up nice and early so I could get there in time. I live about an hour and a half away. Well, on my way there, traffic was held up because of an accident that was blocking the road. After waiting for quite some time, I ended up having to turn around completely and go another route that I was unfamiliar with. I didn’t arrive at the conference until shortly before the first keynote.

As a result of my late arrival, I didn’t get to put up my entry for the poster contest (which I’ve posted above). That was a slight disappointment, but I’m not too sad about it because I was just glad that I made it to the conference at all. The poster that ended up winning was one of my favorites – congrats, Frank!

Also, after I got home, I found out that fellow Tugeau 2 artist Kathy Weller also attended the conference, and I missed the chance to meet her. Not only that, but I sat right across from her in one of the workshops and didn’t even know it. Bummer. Maybe next time, Kathy.

Anyway, despite all the mess, I still had a great time. I met several great artists – Robert Squier, Gina Perry, Cheryl Noll, and Ginger Nielson, to name a few – and had a good portfolio critique from a lovely lady at Charlesbridge Publishing. She gave me lots of great pointers to help me improve my work.

Other highlights included great workshops by Teri Weidner and Melissa Sweet and inspiring keynotes by Laurie Halse Anderson and Kevin Hawkes.

Wow, that was a lot more verbal than my other posts, but hey, it was a full weekend.

Bear Painting

This is a new painting I finished recently – another result of my recent fascination with bears. They are so fun to draw!

Here’s some of my process…

Thumbnail sketch, actual size:

Color studies:

And as a sidenote, I will be attending the New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference in Nashua, NH this Saturday. If any of you are going to be there, say hi. :)

Book of the Month: Creating Characters with Personality

Like last month’s recommendation, this is one of the few books that have caught my eye in the sea of art books that are available. This book is unique because it features not only sketches from the author, but also interviews and images from other artists from a variety of fields. You will find snippets from such people as Glen Keane, Peter de Seve, and Jack Davis.

The author Tom Bancroft works in the animation industry and founded Funnypages Productions along with Rob Corley. He is most known for his work in Disney’s films Mulan and Brother Bear, and the Veggie Tales. You can see examples of his artwork and sketches at the Funnypages Productions Blog.

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