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MAIN | Andrea | Ashley | Debbie | Eliza | John | Kimberly

August 11, 2011: We're moving to, so please do adjust your bookmarks. We're also going to be revamping and expanding! Stay tuned.


We've moved to

Hey all -- we've moved to Recently posted: photos and coverage of the fantabulousamazing SCBWI Illustrator Intensives at the Summer Conference in LA!

For more info, resources and tips for children's illustrators as well as updates on the SCBWI Mentees, please do adjust your bookmarks:



Congrats to Eliza and John!!!

Omigosh. HUUUUUUUUGE congrats from the rest of the Mentees to Eliza Wheeler on winning first place and  John Deininger for winning an Honor Award in in the SCBWI Portfolio Showcase.

Eliza and John, we are SO PROUD OF YOU.

I admit to getting embarrassingly weepy when the announcements were made. The six of us have really bonded this past year, and it was like seeing family up there.

Congrats to all the winners and new Mentees!

-- Debbie


At the SCBWI Summer Conference

Quickie post: Eliza, Kimberly, John and I are at the SCBWI Summer Conference right now, and we're all having a fabulous time though we're really missing Ashley and Andrea. Such inspiring keynotes and breakout sessions! Our main challenge: there are so many great events going on at the same time that it's so hard to choose.

Here's a photo from last night's Illustrator Social (which was on at the same time as the International SCBWI Social). From left to right: me, John Deininger, Laurent Linn (Art Director at Simon & Schuster), Cecilia Yung (Art Director at Penguin), Kimberly Gee & Eliza Wheeler.

-- Debbie, who has to go get ready for today's conference day now


Google+ Hangout with Eliza Wheeler & John Deininger (plus Google+ Kidlit Directories)

Google Hangout w/ Eliza Wheeler & John Deininger

Above: Chatting about the upcoming SCBWI Summer Convention with my fellow SCBWI Mentees Eliza Wheeler & John Deininger on Google+.

Eliza, John, Kimberly and I are looking forward to the conference! We'll be missing Ashley & Andrea this year.

If you're a children's illustrator on Google+, don't forget to add yourself:

Google+ Directory Of Children's Book Illustrators

and follow us on Twitter at @KidLitArtists

and on Facebook: SCBWI Illustration Mentees

If you're attending the conference:

Google+ Directory Of SCBWI Summer Conference Attendees

For my other G+ directories (including kidlit/YA, librarians, etc.), see my About Profile on Google+.


-- Debbie


New Cello Illustration

by Eliza

One of the main pieces of feedback that I got from our Mentors was that I need to separate my portfolio into two styles: #1. my darker, more literary work  #2. my lighter, more commercial style

I've created new work for my lighter style, but hadn't added anything to the dark stuff - so I came up with this new image, and finished it yesterday.

See my blog post for more info on the process.

If anyone has new work that they've created for the portfolio showcase this year, please feel free to share!