It is very important to find just the right thing to wear when
you are preparing to become a fit and healthy bun, like me.
As you can see, I'm ready for anything!
Well, I'm off ...
Yoga Bun is a young bun, set on getting in shape and in touch
with the Infinite Universe.
We play together.
We eat treats together.
We read together.
We ride together.
We're best friends.
Who do you think you are?
Hey, up here!
These are character studies for animals
who would like to star in their own children's books.
They've been pestering me for weeks and
months to flesh them out, create "style guides"
and the like.
I've promised that one day each of them will
find their way into one or two or hopefully 1000
picture books for kids.
Nothing is certain,
but without hope, you're lost, right?
I attended the SCBWI Conference last weekend
with my lovely friend, illustrator, Yuko Katakawa.
I also had a chance to see Joyce Hesselberth, a friend from VCU.
She and her husband, David Plunkert, run Spur Design
in Baltimore and sell art prints (predominantly) for kids.
Both do stellar work. It's great to know people doing
what they truly love!
Bunny Valentine print available @ Society 6
The conference renewed my faith in the business and has
inspired me to make something happen this year.
No, I did not win the portfolio showcase, nor
did I win a simple door prize, but
and Julie Andrews, yes that one,
with her daughter,
Emma Walton Hamilton. Oh, and the man who put
the "I" in SCBWI, Tomie dePaola was there this year!
I had no idea just how brilliant Shaun Tan was until
seeing his presentation, nor how many series of books
Julie Andrews and her daughter had written.
The 1st series was illustrated by Julie's ex husband,
the renowned production designer, Tony Walton.
I was aware of how funny Mo Willems is,
but it sure was fun to be reminded!
I chose "breakout" sessions with creative directors,
Patrick Collins of Henry Holt and
Isabel Warren-Lynch of Random House Kids.
I wish one-on-one critiques were offered,
but with 999 members in attendance, it would be tough
to get through them all in two days!
I'm not sure how many illustrators were there exactly,
because SCBWI includes, not only writers of
picture books, but also chapter and
young adult books.
Despite meat locker temps in the Hyatt, it was a wonderful
(Executive Director) create an open friendly atmosphere
where illustrators and writers have an opportunity
to meet each other, enjoy a cocktail or more
and feel a sense of community.
I'm even considering a trip to the LA conference in August,
you never know :)
Thanks for stopping by.