Sunday, August 15, 2010

SCBWI L.A. conf : Part 3 : BUDDIES

One of the best parts of going to a writing/illustration conference is.... meeting other writers/illustrators! So, here are some I'd like to tell you about:

I arrived at the conference late on the Thursday before the early start Friday morning, so I was so relieved to be greeted by my roomie Jill Kassander, who I had met through the SCBWI forums. Jill had been to the conference 4 times before and so knew the ropes, and was a fantastic roommate, tour guide, carer, advice-giver, and confidante. Thanks Jill!! :-)

It didn't take long before I met the aussie contingent:
The unmissable Chris Cheng who was named SCBWI member of the year!
Then I found the fantastic Western Australia cohort: writer/illustrator Samantha Hughes, and writer Caz Williams. Here is some of Sam's spooky work:

It was fun meeting up with these ladies throughout the conference. Sam and I ended up waiting nervously for our portfolio critiques together, and then sharing a still-jittery tea afterwards to hear the outcome (she got really great feedback too!) And I knew if I wanted to find someone to sit with that I could scan the crowd and find Caz's bright red hair. :)

I also got to meet fellow Melbournian Angela Driver and I also briefly met aussie Kandace Mavrick (no link). HEre's artwork from Angela's up-and-coming-book:

At the illustrator social on the first night, I was introduced to the inimitable Kelly Light, who incidentally has just raised $10,000 through her Ripple blog -- Way To Go Kelly!!

Kelly in turn introduced me to the lovely Angela Matteson/Angelato (whale and boy image below) and Linda Silvestri/Sketched Out (monster image below), and together we formed a terrific trio. We talked, we laughed, we badgered Loren Long. It was such a joy to meet them. So funny because we all knew each other from bloggy land, but didn't know what the others looked like.

Then LAST but not least, I met and had a good chat with Priscilla Burris who just has such an incredible amount of bubbly energy it's amazing! (even after 4 days of organising disorganised illustrators!) As I mentioned before, Priscilla bought my ripple painting for her daughter Laura, who I also had the pleasure of meeting.

WEll I don't think I missed anyone. It certainly is such a pleasure to meet all these amazing artists in person. It's funny when you know someone by their work alone, you think you know them already. But meeting in person and sharing experiences, facial expressions, hugs, it really cements those friendships.

Everything is still sinking in for me -- the inspiration, the career opportunities, these new friendships -- but all I know is I am so happy I went.

So, all I can say to anyone who is considering going to the SCBWI conference.... do it do it do it!!!!


Danielle McDonald said...

Welcome back Kim! I've just read your complete wrap up of the conference and it's inspiring and motivating. Thank you for sharing such insights into both the conference and the industry! Looking forward to an excuse to catch up again in a while. No news on the baby front - it's still a waiting game!

Mônica said...

Hey Kim -- just read all your posts on the conference and I'm so happy to hear you had such a good time and made such great connections!

You did a fantastic job on your portfolio and promotional materials, they look great. Thanks for the recap, and I look forward to hearing more about that cute polar bear! :-)

Suzanne Del Rizzo said...

HI Kim,
Welcome back, I just read all about your how so very thrilling! Congrats on getting such positive feedback- well deserved! And you must be on cloud nine after getting a chance to chat with an agent, and catch his interest!! I can't wait to see what ideas you come up with for your polar bear story!
I really like your promo materials ...the business card mimi-portfolio is genius!! Which company did you go with for printing? I'm starting to think about designing promo stuff and have thought about Moo or Overnight Prints(good things have been said about both.

Such great posts on your SCWBI Conference...very insightful, thanks so much for sharing!

lil kim said...

Thanks guys - glad you enjoyed the posts.
Dan - good luck with the waiting game! Can't wait to hear your happy news :)

Monica - Thanks so much - will keep you posted. your polar bears are cute too!

Suzanne - I've also heard really good things about Moo and overnight prints, so I don't think you can go wrong there. I just used a local printer here in Melbourne - so a bit far for you to go! ;-)

Isobel said...

The Whale And Boy is the prettiest artwork I have ever seen. I love your blog. Please check out my blog, Good Work!

lil kim said...

Hi Isobel - yes it's gorgeous isn't it!! Thanks for visiting my blog, yours looks like a lot of fun :)