Friday, September 3, 2010


spacer      Our annual Portfolio Workshop has grown into a full Illustrator's Day, and what a day it will be!
     The workshop will be for beginning to professional children's book illustrators who are interested in putting together or improving their portfolio, learning how best to promote themselves to publishers, hear from established illustrators, and participate in assignments which will get your creative juices flowing!
     Registration is now open. (You do not have to be a member of SCBWI to participate, although it's cheaper if your are.)
     We're thrilled to have an incredible line-up of speakers and mentors this year...

Brian Seidman, Managing Editor of Newsouth Books will share the activities of a small-to-midsize publishing house and how they choose and work with illustrators.

Loraine Joyner, Art Director of Peachtree Publishers will run a story-board activity, where you will work with a manuscript to create a layout (bring paper and pencil). She will also share art samples she receives and how to compete in today's competitive market.

Bill Mayer, award-winning and long established master Illustrator will speak alongside SCAD illustration professor and master illustrator, Rick Lovell. Both of these illustrators rose in their careers during what is called the "Golden Age of Illustration." You may have seen their works on the covers of Time Magazine or popular books, including the Wee Free Men series by Terry Pratchett. The experience these men have to share will be immense and enlightening.

Again this year, Master Illustrator Mark Braught will mentor 25 illustrators (first come, first serve) with an assigned project before the workshop. Mark’s popular artwork includes merchandising for the movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. The goal is, with Mark's one-on-one consultation throughout the process, to create a finished piece ready to show at the workshop. This was a huge hit last year as many of our illustrators found his guidance extremely valuable. NOTE: Homework will be assigned up until Friday, August 28th only.

This will be followed by a group question & answer session to cover anything we may have missed. As if this weren't enough, participants will display their work and receive feedback from this illustrious faculty in a public overview manner. The experience of seeing how other illustrators present their work, what is successful and what isn't, and how an Art Director can quickly determine what might work for them is an experience I wish had been around when I was starting out. Plan to learn tons and we look forward to seeing you!

Where: DeKalb County Public Library, lower floor
     215 Sycamore Street
     Decatur, GA 30030-3413
     (404) 370-8450

When: Friday, September 3rd, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (could run over)

Cost: $35 per person for SCBWI members ($45 for non-members, $35 for SCAD or AIA students with a 6 person minimum sign-up)

Lunch: Lunch boxes will be available at an additional cost from Badda Bing catering. Please check off your preferences on the registration page (coming soon). You may also opt to bring your own.

SignUp Deadline: Friday, August 27th!!

How: Email me at elizabeth at dulemba dot com and let me know you would like to attend. Once your check arrives, you will be emailed your 'homework' assignment.

Right now the event is scheduled from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in this order:
10:00 - Panel discussion with Rick Lovell and Bill Mayer
11:00 - Talk and Workshop with Loraine Joyner
12:00 - Lunch Break
1:00 - Talk with Brian Seidman
2:00 - Portfolio Overview
I fully expect us to run overtime (we usually do)!

Hope you can join us for what promises to be an educational and fun get-together!
Thanks so much,
Elizabeth O. Dulemba:
elizabeth at dulemba dot com
SCBWI Southern Breeze Illustration Coordinator:


Click here to see the 2009 Portfolio Workshop Wrap-up
Click here to see the 2008 Portfolio Workshop Wrap-up