Nor/Cal SCBWI Conference
I'm a Newbie to the Forum...so "HI" to all!
I am going to the Nor/Cal SCBWI and was wondering if there is any fellow illustrators that are also planning on going...if so, would you like to meet up at the conference? I am working on my portfolio to submit. I did my first portfolio last year and got a lot of great feedback and I cant tell you what a difference it has made on what I am doing now.
Let me know if you are interested in the conference.....and again, its SO good to be here. You all are like my illustration tribe and I love your artwork!
@arent-draper Yes! Hi!
If you are talking about the Spring Spirit then, yes, I am going. I am also working on my portfolio. Are you going to do the remote portfolio critique or just the Portfolio Showcase?
@SarahLuAnn just got back from the Winter Conference in NY. She is kind enough to be interrogated. I am asking her a bunch of questions, that I will post later on this forum to help us newbies know what to expect.
Yes! I am doing the Portfolio Showcase because I also have a "dummy" book that goes with it. I did not do the remote critique because I am still developing my "cyber" gallery...but, I should have that together in a couple of months.
@arent-draper i have a goal of revamping my portfolio this year. So I am aiming to get a couple good pieces before the March deadline for the critique. I’m hoping it will help me get noticed when I go the the summer conference in LA. Between March and the spring conference I will be making a couple portfolios. One for the table and one to carry about in case anyone is interested. I forget which lectures I signed up for (so many to choose from) but Ill look at my schedule later, maybe we will have some in common.
I am signed up for the
- Branding in with Natascha Morris
- Illustrating Picture Books from start to finish with Kristen Schwartz
- Strengthening Your Composition for Illustrators with Chad Hunter
- Figuring Out Feedback for Illustrators with Chad and Kristen
Also, Natalie Lakosil (form Bradford Literary Agency) will be there.
I am going to stay at the Crowne Plaza Hotel because it has a restaurant (and room service) on site...plus its only a few miles from the Conference...I stayed there last year and I like it. Where are you planning to stay?
Carrying around a second portfolio with you is a good idea...I don't have a second nice portfolio but I can bring some loose artwork in a student-like one (it's just black cardboard with ties)
I also have to get business cards again (last year, I only had 50 made up and between the Nor/Cal and LA Conference, I ran out)
I'm signed up for
1.Natascha Morris: Branding Yourself
2.Natascha Morris: Querying/Working with an Agent
3.Chad Hunter: Strengthen Your Compositions (for Illustrators)
4.Patricia Newman: Using Twitter as a Building Block for Your Author/Illustrator Platform
We'll have 1 & 3 together .
I actually live close enough that I don't have to get a room. Thankfully.
Do you have an Instagram or website, so we can see your work?
Presently working on a Website (be about another month or so)
You must live in California....me,too! I live in the North Bay Area of San Francisco!
Lisa, your illustrations are fantastic!
I love the nature theme and your animals are beautifully done!
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Hello! I'm new to the forum too. I will be at Spring Spirit. I actually won the logo contest for it! I'm still a newbie illustrator and trying to pull together my first portfolio to show (it's my first SCBWI conference too).
I am looking forward to meeting everyone and learn more about the business of Children's Books.
@Jessica-Mercado Congrats in the win! That’s great. What lectures are you signed up for, if you don’t mind sharing?
@arent-draper I found this DIY Portfolio on Pinterest. This is the best one I found to help me make my own portfolios to take to the conference. Looks pretty simple. I thought I’d share in case you wanted to make your own.