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Welcome to the home of the SCBWI Illustrator Portfolio Mentees, Class Of 2010. You can find more info by clicking on any of the links below:

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

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This site is the home of the SCBWI Ilustration Mentorship Award Winners from the 2010 L.A. Conference.

The Mentorship Award is presented to six illustrators participating in the annual SCBWI Portfolio Showcase, "whose publishable work shows great promise and potential." The purpose goes beyond just the selection, in that the Mentorship Program is an intense advance-level portfolio critique that includes both individual reviews with each Mentor, and a culminating critique peer meeting with all Mentors and Mentees.

We all learned a great deal during that conference and are still learning. We also enjoyed meeting each other so much that we decided to launch this site so that we could share our progress as well as information and tips for other illustrators interested in the children's publishing industry.



From Kimberly, Ashley, Eliza, John, Andrea and Debbie:

THANK YOU. We're honored to have been selected, especially considering the level of talent in the rest of the 2010 SCBWI Illustrator Portfolio Showcase participants.

Thank you so much to the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators for hosting and supporting the event, and for launching the Mentorship Awards Program. It's not surprising that so many authors and illustrators credit their start to the SCBWI.

Special thanks to our six Mentors: Priscilla Burris, Pat Cummings, David Diaz, Rubin Pfeffer, Bridget Strevens-Marzo and Cecilia Yung. We know you're all busy professional with projects of your own, and the fact that you're taking the time to help us improve our portfolios and give us career advice means a great deal.

We can't wait to take what we learned during our sessions with each of you and start incorporating it into our work.

Thank you for believing in us.  We plan to make you proud.

With the deepest gratitude,

The 2010 Winners of the SCBWI Mentorship Program:

John Deininger
Kimberly Gee
Ashley Mims
Andrea Offermann
Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Eliza Wheeler



Cecilia Yung, Art Director and VP at Penguin Young Readers

Pat Cummings, Illustrator, Writer, and Instructor at Parsons

Priscilla Burris, National Illustrator Coordinator

David Diaz, Award Winning Illustrator

Bridget Strevens-Marzo, International Illustrator Liason

Rubin Pfeffer, Agent at East/West Literary Agency