Monday, November 4, 2013

SCBWI LA 2013 Mentorship Award

petal wings

This past August at the SCBWI LA 2013 Summer Conference, my portfolio was chosen (from almost 175 portfolios on display) for one of five mentorship awards.  It was an enormous and inspiring collection of work, and I am deeply honored to be chosen from such company.  

As part of the mentorship program, we received a 15 minute critique from each of the five Mentors: (Art Director and VP at Penguin Books for Young Readers, Cecilia Yung; and illustrators Pat Cummings, David Diaz, E.B. Lewis, and Paul O. Zelinsky. )  It was enlightening, motivating and inspiring... and has given me a clearer sense of the direction I want to move in.   

Here are a few more images from that portfolio....

night birds

* You can see more images from my SCBWI portfolio on the SCBWI website.

* I was interviewed on the Kidlit Blog which features a collection of articles, interviews and illustration-related musings curated by SCBWI mentees from the past 5 years.

* I am so grateful to be in the inspiring company of the other  SCBWI LA 2013 Mentees :

“The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who'll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work.  All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you're sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that's almost never the case.”  -Chuck Close