It's Part Two of the LA SCBWI Conference takeaways! I feel like I could spread this out one day, one sentence--one nugget--at a time because I'm encouraged each time I read my notes :D But ain't nobody got time for that, right? That's what bookmarks are for!
The rest of my conference takeaways will be shared in pictures and highlights; a few today and more a bit later. I hope those who were unable to attend will feel a part of what we all experienced. Although LA was a great adventure, the real magic happens in our regional chapters. The Carolinas is my home tribe!
Leuyen Pham is an author/illustrator who has illustrated over 90 books. She successfully works in different illustrative styles from picture books to middle grade and beyond. The following are highlights from her workshops, One Artist, DIfferent Styles and Creating Middle Grade Art. My personal favorites are in bold.
The following are highlights from her next workshop, Creating Middle Grade Art
Leuyen was part of the Illustrator Intensive faculty. She covered character design, including finding the balance in your character movement. She used my illustration sheet of a dancing pig as a good example of balanced movement (and she said she really loved the pigs!). That absolutely made my day!
Marvin Terban - Mr. English for Kids and Scholastic's Mr. Grammar
Notes from the PB Panel: LeuYen Pham, Tammi Sauer, Javaka Steptoe and Raul Colon:
EXERCISE for today: Pick something from the lists above and put it into action. Perhaps it's remembering to take your sketchbook with you (I love my @BaronFig sketchbooks!). Take time to observe people. Draw them. Be brave...keep it loose and don't use an eraser.
Be an ambassador of good vibes today!
Which tip inspires you? Share it in the comments below.
Deb Johnson is an illustrator and writer for the children's market. She loves character designing and story weaving...and is excited to see what God is knitting together in the process! She launched her dream in 2020 with her first self-published book and imprint Flannel Moose Books!