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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

SCBWI Conference

I went to the "Society of Children's book Writers and Illustrators - Carolinas" conference.
I found the sessions with Art Director Laurent Linn especially interesting. There was a workshop where he gave his first impressions of participant's illustrations as if he were receiving a postcard from us in his office. Some of it confirmed confidence in my own critical observation skills while many things he said were enlightening. It was good to know that he, and I'm sure all art directors, have a specific guidelines for what they are looking for and won't throw out my postcard because they are feeling a little grumpy that day.
My illustration he liked, complimented it's humorous quality and gave some constructive advice... but in the end, thought that my style may be too mass-market for what he is publishing at this time (mass-market vs. literary being another topic discussed at the conference).

By the way, I felt a little ignorant sitting at a table with a bunch of Young Adult fiction writers. But there's no shame in never having read Holes right?



Blogger john chaffin said...

Sounds like it was a very worthwhile conference.

November 5, 2010 at 6:37 PM  

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