For SCBWI NY conference next month, I’ve decided to theme my portfolio with spooky art. It’s what I’m known for and what I like drawing best. Here’s the cover image.
I have the book divided into sections: Baby Book, Picture Book, Chapter Book, and a skull and crossbones tab where I’ve sampled Mother Goth Rhymes art. I’m taking some pleasure in knowing mine will be the only portfolio featuring murderous cats.
I’m heading to New York next month for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference, and instead of my usual art promo postcard, I can actually promote a book this year! Yay! I just ordered these from GotPrint.com.
The front is a sneak peek from the book. I’m printing in color to capture the sepia tones.
And here’s the back in greyscale. It includes a hand-drawn name (branding ftw!) and all my vital contact info, as well as another poem sample and shout-out for Mother Goth Rhymes.
The card is 5″x7″ — the maximum size allowed size allowed for the Illustrator Showcase. I ordered 250 which is plenty for the conference and should leave some left over to mail out later.
New York, here I come!
I’ve been busy creating new Mother Goth Rhymes artwork and expanding existing pieces into full 2-page spreads. It’s a lot of work in a short amount of time, but I’m living my dream and drawing what I love! Bats and graveyards and zombies, oh my!
More art and gothy fun on Mother Goth’s facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mothergoth/
The book comes out Summer 2019, but you can pre-order your copy now by going to www.MotherGothRhymes.com. 10% discount using coupon code: ORDER2018
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!