Thursday, April 13, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
|Original drawing in the sketchbook -- Gotta get that lettering just right! :)|
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
|(I'm the one in the pink)|
Monday, January 30, 2017
About a year ago today I started up my Facebook page for my comics and illustrations with a post celebrating the year of the Monkey. It has been a fun year and now it's time to celebrate the Rooster.
Cheers to another great year ahead! Have fun all you roosters!
Sunday, January 1, 2017
Sunday, December 25, 2016
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Sunday, November 27, 2016
The opening keynote was author and illustrator, Ashley Spires, who did a wonderful job welcoming everyone with that doubt and insecurity that lingers in all creators at one time or another. Using those "not-good-enoughs" to drive us forward and learning to use them for good instead of evil.
"I will keep trying. I will keep learning. I will keep adapting and I will keep creating."
Setting the day up perfectly for a day of learning ahead.
Wallace Edwards—The Law of the Jumble (Making Stuff Up)
- Barbara Berson (freelance editor, and a literary agent with the Helen Heller Agency, specializing in YA, adult fiction and memoir.)
- Christie Harkin (consultant publisher and fiction editor at Clockwise Press, and former children's book publisher at Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
- Suzanne Sutherland (children's editor at HarperCollins Canada. She is also the author of three novels for teens and young readers)
- Michael Solomon (art director at Groundwood Books)
- Moderated by Peter Carver (children’s and young adult editor at Red Deer Press)
- A stand alone website is still the best option for portfolio
- Be ruthless in curating
- Blogs are also very useful for sketches and process
- If submitting digitally, multi-page PDF with a polished look
- Wants to see story telling, creative ideas (not process in character development)
- Parallels - what are you interested in offering? Put it out there
- Make sure it is short and to the point
- Suggested checking out Carly Watters, Literary Agent; does a great summary on her blog (**googled it after and here is the link: https://carlywatters.com/2012/01/18/how-to-write-a-query-letter/ )
- Have someone proof your query letter
- One page maximum. 2-3 paragraphs
- Be concise
- Associations you are a part of to show you're serious about your craft
- No need to be chatty, get to the point
- Have patience and manage your expectations
- Make sure your work is as good as it can possibly be before sending it, then don't give up. Don't stop
- Research, research, research. Make sure no one has done it before
- Read the submission guidelines
We got a sneak peek into an upcoming book, Town Is By The Sea, Written by Joanne Schwartz (publisher Groundwood).
Hearing the story read aloud, it was already quite moving. Generating conversation on details to take note of, rhythm and pacing, medium that could be used, etc. Then Sydney described his process, having the opportunity to go to Cape Breton where the story takes place. Experience the mines, take photos of the landscape, see the way of life.
The story was read again, this time paired with the illustrations. It was very powerful. Together the text and images work beautifully. I am looking forward to when it's released.
A few tips from the session:
- Make the illustrations necessary to the words (adds/supplements)
- Let the illustrations take over in a moment that needs to be punctuated. Let it sit in.
- Use pages for pacing.
- Illustrations that can contradict the text
The day ended with a lovely keynote by David Booth and the power of books in children's lives. A great ending to the day.