It’s ARTober and have we got treats for you!
— Illustrator Chat via Zoom (October 13)
— Webinar with author/illustrator Daria Peoples-Riley (October 28):
“Writing and Illustrating the Picture Book of Your Heart During Difficult Times”
— The Illustration Maze, a month-long creativity event during October 2020
This is a casual social event for our illustrators and author/illustrators. Bring your sketches and new art—share some of the children’s book art you’ve been drawing or painting—or maybe a story snippet from your picture book dummy or middle grade adventure. Bring good news and any questions you might have about illustrating for children’s books!
WHERE: A Zoom link for this Social will be sent out the day before the event.
WHEN: 7pm-8:30pm; October 13th, 2020.
WHO: SCBWI-AR members only.
Webinar with author/illustrator Daria Peoples-Riley
What with Pandemic and Politics, our Year of 2020 has been tough for everyone. Like me, maybe you’ve sometimes wondered how a writer or illustrator of children’s books could possibly be any type of creative during a time like this?
Then you won’t want to miss our inspirational webinar with author/illustrator Daria Peoples-Riley. She will be sharing her thoughts and processes for “Writing and Illustrating the Picture Book of Your Heart During Difficult Times” on October 28, 2020.
Daria will also be offering a limited amount of portfolio critiques! Details about the portfolio submission requirements will be provided after registration.
For additional info about Daria’s webinar and the portfolio critique, and to register for one or both events, please click here.
The Illustration Maze
While Sketchtember offered creative prompts
To inspire your pencil or the pen in your hand
(whether on iPad or paper or some other device),
Now it’s time to illustrate!
Create the art that tells your tale,
Make the world you’d like see in a child’s favorite dream.
It’s a maze of many ways,
This journey to publication;
So, choose a path that best fits your goal,
And you’ll have something to share—
For your website, your gallery and maybe your portfolio;
A story in time for Halloween,
And art that can be seen!
Last month’s Sketchtember included fun, daily creative prompts to inspire members of our region to develop drawings, sketches or story snippets.
For our first ARTober, instead of a daily prompt, we’ll have three sets of weekly suggestions throughout the month specific to children’s book illustrators—whether you’ve already been published or are still aspiring to be.
These options will provide a guide through the “ARTober 2020 Illustration Maze” so that by the end of the month, you’ll have created (with or without text):
— new artwork for a potential Picture Book
— or a set of illustrations for Middle Grade covers
— or maybe sequential art for an Early Reader/MG mini-comic
By participating, you will have challenged your skills in developing narrative art for publication, and will have some new art you’ll want to post on your website gallery, social media and/or print for your portfolio.
Not sure which option to pick?
Choose the one that most interests you while following your children’s book illustration goals. It should be the one that you think you’ll enjoy creating the most for the month of October.
Good luck and have fun!
Option One: The Picture Book Path — Illustrate a classic picture book in your style
Option Two: The Graphic Novel Path — Adapt a classic or traditional tale into a mini-comic for MG or Early Readers
Option Three: Create Cover Illustrations for a MG or YA Story
Have questions or looking for additional resources?
Please contact the Illustrator Coordinator, Tanja Wooten, via the SCBWI-AR Facebook group (SCBWI members only), or through the SCBWI-AR IC email: firstname.lastname@example.org