WIK 2014 Conference
I just recently returned home from Birmingham, AL where the 2014 SCBWI Southern Breeze WIK (Writing and Illustrating for Kids) Conference took place. There were both writer and illustrator intensives on Friday and a variety of talks, workshops, book signings, and portfolio showcases taking place on Saturday.
I participated in the illustrators intensive with award winning artist R. Gregory Christie Friday morning and afternoon, alongside a number of talented illustrators. We worked through concept ideas and participated in group critiques. As well was presenting our assignments created for the intensive. The intensive took place at the Ruffner Mountain Treehouse, a lovely location which included a balcony that was perfect for an afternoon picnic lunch.
The following day was a flurry of activity. A variety of workshops for writers and illustrators were offered as well as a very inspiring keynote speech given by Candice Ransom. It was great to see so many new faces, and portfolios! My workshops mainly consisted of helpful marketing and promotion advice, also presented by R. Gregory Christie, followed by a wonderful talk on new ways to use and think about digital art given by Prescott Hill (brand new Illustrator Coordinator of the SCBWI Southern Breeze region).
Arguably one of the most exciting parts of the conference for me was the announcement of the annual illustrators contest, judged by Giuseppe Castellano, Art Director of Penguin Group USA. I was very surprised and honored to take 3rd place, preceded by Melissa Shultz-Jones and Leighanne Schneider in 2nd and 1st place, respectfully.
If you are interested in children’s books and want to get more involved, the first thing you should do is join the SCBWI. I cannot express enough how wonderful it has been to be a part of this organization throughout the last year. I’m always excited to see old friends, and make new ones, at every conference. Springmingle is coming up in March and I am already giddy with anticipation!
Diagram Illustrations and Other Things
I recently just finished up work on some fun scientific illustrations. I created two illustrations for an upcoming anthropological publication about life in Poland and Lithuania in the 16th through 18th centuries. I was asked to create a diagram showing the various levels of nitrogen in people’s diets at that time and place, and a diagram showing carbon 12 and 13 atoms. I’ve been interested in pursuing more science-based illustrations for some time and this was a great chance to work directly with someone actively adding new knowledge to her field of study. Being able to bounce these complex (for me) concepts around with her was very helpful in solidifying my ideas. I hope I can continue to work on more illustrations like this in the future!
In other news, I just finished up a very large, and very cool, project for Silver Dolphin Books last week. I’m very excited to share more with you when we get closer to the release date!
I’m prepping my portfolio for the annual WIK (Writing and Illustrating for Kids) conference in Birmingham later this week. I’ll write a post all about it next week. See ya’ll then!
Sara Lynn Cramb
The Squid and the Whale
(an unlikely love story)
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Bighorn and Beargrass, 14x11”
Colored pencil on cotton paper
This is the second in my series of Montanan fauna/flora drawings, including all the work in progress photos that I shared on my twitter.
Beargrass is an unusual plant found in subalpine meadows of Northwestern North America.
Here’s one of my favorite pieces from another great artist and friend Heather Franzen. She’s creates gorgeous art with colored pencils, including the story of ‘Scaredy Cat’, a wordless tale about an adventurous kitten. You can find more of her work here: http://www.heatherfranzen.com/
You can now order Smithsonian Young Explorers Fact Book and Floor Puzzle: 50 States featuring my illustrations on Amazon. How cool is that?! http://www.amazon.com/Smithsonian-Young-Explorers-50-States/dp/1626861447/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1408377018&sr=8-3&keywords=smithsonian+young+explorers