A while back, I mentioned that I might have some good news. Life got so busy with the thesis show, graduation, and then internship that I completely forgot to update you all with an explanation. Every year the SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) hosts an international conference out in L.A., and for the first time ever, this year they offered student scholarships. Turns out, I won one of two student scholarships to this enormous and amazing conference. (!) The scholarship not only includes entry to the conference, but also covers fees for a special illustration master class, a one-on-one portfolio consultation with an art director, entry into the juried portfolio showcase (there are prizes!), and a year's membership to SCBWI. (There was much jumping up and down and squealing when I found out about it.) Exciting stuff.
The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of prepping materials, finishing a few new pieces, readying my portfolio, printing new promos, and going over the conference schedule with a fine-toothed comb. A little crazy, admittedly, but it's really exciting. What does a conference full of picture book people even look like? Well, let me give you an example. The theme of this year's annual gala is "40 Winks" - for their 40th anniversary - which means that appropriate dress is going to be pajamas. A fancy party in PAJAMAS!! Break out your best bunny slippers! I LOVE MY FIELD.
So, I'm heading out to L.A. bright and early on Thursday. In the meantime, I'll leave you with a new piece -