Guest Post-AP Sabourin recaps the NESCBWI 2012 Conference
Today we have a guest post from AP Sabourin. An up and coming Illustrator working hard to make his way into the Children’s Market. Please join us as he recaps the NESCBWI 2012 Conference. For more info about SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). Click the link.
Before I jump into the conference details, I must first excitedly announce that my entry into the NESCBWI 2012 Poster Contest placed second in the Unpublished Category! Congratulations to all of my friends and fellow illustrators who placed within their respective categories, including Hazel Mitchell, Marcela Staudenmaier, Dan Moynihan, Milanka Reardon, and three time winner Russ Cox.
- I love the preliminary work that goes into animated films, including storyboards and character designs. So, it goes without saying that I had a blast attending Kelly Light’s excellent workshop on character design. She even made cookies for all of us! It doesn’t get much better than that!
- I think many of the conference attendees will agree that Harry Bliss gave a hilarious keynote speech after lunch! As an illustrator and cartoonist for The New Yorker, among his many other achievements, he has an excellent sense of humor. I was laughing so much it hurt!
- I also had the fortune of attending an amazing presentation by Mary Brigid Barrett about writing picture books. Although teaching how to write can be very dry and boring, Mary presented the material in such a animated way that it’s pretty hard to forget the important lessons she taught.
- Anytime you have Dan Yaccarino giving a presentation, as was the case for his workshop on the essentials of a picture book dummy, you want a front row seat. His combination of humor and thoughtful information make for an excellent class.
- Having a critique with Martha Rago, the Associate Creative Director at HarperCollins Children’s Books, was incredible! I learned a great deal about my strengths, weaknesses, and portfolio and marketing presentation. This was so important for my growth as an illustrator!
- It was very exciting to meet Harold Underdown (below), a knowledgeable industry professional whose website and book act as irreplaceable tools in navigating through the rough waters of the children’s book market.
- The day ended on a fun, relaxing note. I think the picture on the bottom says it all!
- It’s amazing how fast the weekend went by! The Beginner Illustrator Academy was a nice way to end things. While having our “homework” critiqued, we also learned the many ways to create strong, dynamic characters, stories, and layouts for picture books.
AP Sabourin is a recent graduate from the University of Hartford, where he earned a BFA in illustration. He passionately pursues a career not only as a picture book writer and illustrator, but as an artist always open to unique projects that challenge the creative mind in all fields of illustration. For more info visit him on his website!
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