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To get the most out of your conference experience we encourage you to participate in all the day’s assignments. However, participation in these activities is purely voluntary and not necessary to attend the conference.

 

Character Design with Vanessa Brantley Newton 

Vanessa Brantly Newton will teach us character design tips. In a morning session, she’ll give a short presentation giving us some information on what makes a great book character and teach principles about appealing characters. Then you will have the chance to redesign your drawing by applying the principles you learned. Or you can begin to create a new character who could be the star of your next story. You may work on your character throughout the day, and in the afternoon we’ll have an illustrator networking and critique session where we talk over our characters.
Come prepared:

• Bring a character you’ve been working on and get ready to revamp them or come prepared to create a fun new character.

• Bring your sketchbook or drawing paper

• Bring your favorite portable drawing supplies

• Be prepared to share with others and receive feedback.

 

 

First Look Slide Show Critiques

This year for our “First Look” panel, Art Director Jim Hoover (Viking Children’s Books), and Illustrators Vanessa Brantley Newton and Brooke Smart will be critiquing YOUR illustration on a live panel at the Utah/Southern Idaho Illustrator’s Conference. Submission guidelines:

Your Illustration: You can choose to illustrate a middle grade novel cover or a full picture book illustration (specifics below).

Illustration specifics (choose 1):

Choice #1

• For a middle grade novel cover: Illustrate a cover for a classic story (fairy tale, folk tale, classic novel). You can interpret the story however you want. Make sure it is age appropriate for the audience (8-12 years old). Leave space for the title and author’s name.

• Dimensions for a middle grade novel cover: 5 1/2 x 8 inches (must be vertical orientation). Please send the file at 963 x 1400 pixels at 72 dpi.

Choice #2

• For a full page picture book interior illustration: Illustrate a full bleed illustration for a picture book interior. Illustrate a classic story (fairy tale, folk tale, classic novel). You can interpret the story however you want. Make sure it is age appropriate for the audience (3-8 years old). Leave space for some text somewhere in the illustration.

• Dimensions for a full page picture book interior illustration: 11 x 9 inches (can be vertical or horizontal orientation). Please send the file at 1400 x 1145 pixels at 72 dpi.

File format: JPEG

File name: lastname_firstname.jpeg

Email to: Shawna Tenney at shawna(dot)tenney(at)gmail(dot)com.

Email subject line: First Look 2020

Due date: Turn in your illustration no later than midnight on Saturday February 29, 2o2o. Entries turned in later will not be accepted. We are only accepting the first 20 Entries. So hurry and get your illustration turned in. This is a popular event!

Cost: Free for registered Conference Attendees.

Questions? Email Shawna with any questions you might have about your “First Look” illustration entry.

 


To register for the conference click here.