Resources for 2018 RMC-SCBWI Letters & Lines conference attendees and blog fans with a children’s book illustration interest.
Sample thumbnail dummy books:
Sample contract for illustrators working with Independent Publishers:
Colorado Independent Publishers Association: https://cipabooks.com/
Portfolio Check Sheet:
Local RMC-SCBWI Opportunities:
RMC-SCBWI Mentorship Program (NOW – Oct 20th): http://rmc.scbwi.org/mentor-program/
Critique Connects and other events calendar: https://rmc.scbwi.org/events/
National SCBWI Opportunities:
Full list of SCBWI Illustrator opportunities: http://www.scbwi.org/illustrator-info-2/
Submission requirements for SCBWI Bulletin: http://www.scbwi.org/art-spot/
Links to RMC-SCBWI social Media:
NOTE: To share images with us, post using hashtag #rmcscbwi
Facebook Private Group (must be a member and ask to join): https://www.facebook.com/groups/461296074061454/
My (Karen “Kaz” Windness) social media handles:
My web Links:
Pinterest (TONS of pinned resources, inspiration and weirdness): https://www.pinterest.com/karenwindness/
Specifically for attendees of my Color, Composition, & Working Fast session:
Member Badge (save image and use!):
Publishers, literary agents, magazines, contests, and more: Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market 2019: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published
BRILLIANT book on the elements of design for picture book illustrators: PICTURE THIS by Molly Bang: http://www.mollybang.com/Pages/picture.html
How to illustrate children’s literature: Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books by Uri Shulevitz
I recently created this posh kitty cat for a client. She let me have a lot of creative control, which is always fun.
I’m always thinking about overall shape and silhouette. Is it pleasant to look at? Can you tell what’s going on without any details?
The final was done in Photoshop using textured dry brushes.
Wear that crown, queen!
I spent the afternoon eating delicious food and crafting pencil jewelry with a beloved fellow Ravenclaw. Here are the results. Our cutting board will never be the same, but it makes for a pretty backdrop!
-When school supplies are on clearance (late August, early September), take full advantage. I raided my local grocery store.
-The “My First Ticonderoga” pencils are oversized and great for making a pencil-y statement.
-We cut the pencils short with a fine-tooth hacksaw and sandpapered smooth.
-The holes were made with a dremel tool and small drill bit.
-I used a Sharpie to draw lines on the white pencil and sprayed with Crystal Clear to minimize rub off.
-I sealed the pencil tips with clear fingernail polish and painted the flat ends with gold and silver polish. Clear would work, too.
In solidarity with the Key Largo pool noodle crocodile. I can’t swim either, buddy.
Jim Can’t Swim, pencil and digital
Inspiring original photo and news link: https://wsvn.com/news/local/crocodile-floats-on-pool-noodle-in-key-largo/
I was doodling at the SCBWI conference in LA, and these characters appeared. Meet friends Ellis & Shelly!
I have a goal to send out quarterly postcards. I got behind this year, but attending a big conference gets me on track. Here are my current sample postcards:
These are the 4″x6″ standard cards printed through Moo.com: https://www.moo.com/us/products/postcards/standard-postcards.html
The plastic sleeves give me the option to mail without covering part of my design with an address sticker. An art director may not open an envelope, but postcards are typically welcome. There are plenty of places to get plastic sleeves, but I was in a rush so I ordered these: LINK
Follow the yellow brick road and happy creating!