Thursday, July 6, 2017

#LA17SCBWI Illustrator Events

There are many events at #LA17SCBWI designed specifically for illustrators. Come out of your shell, and don't miss these social opportunities:

Illustrators Social
Friday, July 7, 7:30 – 8:30pm (after the member booksale)
JW Marriott Live, Room: Diamond 4

Portfolio Showcase and Reception
Saturday, July 8, 5:00 – 7:00pm (right before the Gala)
JW Marriott Live, Room: Plaza I-III

Golden Kite Luncheon & Awards Presentation
Sunday, July 9, 12:00 - 2:30pm
Room: Platinum Ballroom

Illustrators' Intensive -- Conference ADD ON
Monday, July 10, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Schedule details:

And, here's a key of the workshops specifically designed for illustrators at #LA17SCBWI:

Friday, July 7, 2017

9:00 - 9:45am

Keynote: Vanessa Brantley Newton
Room: Platinum Ballroom

11:30am - 12:30pm

Leuyen Pham: One Artist, Different Styles
Room: Platinum Ballroom

Raúl Colón: The Dream of Visual Storytelling: Tools and Procedures
Room: Diamond 6

4:15pm - 5:15pm

Sean Qualls: Texture Technique Demonstration
Room: Diamond 8

Vanessa Brantley Newton: Creating Joyful Characters
Room: Platinum Ballroom

Saturday, July 8, 2017

11:30am - 12:30pm

Lucy Ruth Cummins: Stealing Best Practices of Working Illustrators (That I Steal, Too)
Room: Platinum Ballroom

Rubin Pfeffer: Smart Dummies: From Picture Book Concept to Manuscrupt to Dummy
Room: Diamond 3

3:15 - 4:15 PM

Javaka Steptoe: Anatomy of a Caldecott-Winning Book
Room: Diamond 6

Alexandra Penfold: Picture Book Writing Skills for Illustrators
Room: Diamond 4

Sunday, July 9, 2017

9:00 - 10:15am

Keynote: Picture Book Panel
Room: Platinum Ballroom

11:00am - 12:00pm

Vanessa Brantley Newton: Digital Art, Best Practices
Room: Diamond 5

Lucy Ruth Cummins: Self Promotion: Selling Yourself to Art Directors Easily and Cheaply
Room: Diamond 4

2:45 - 3:45pm

Raúl Colón: How To Make a Living as a Professional Illustrator
Room: Diamond 10

Stacy Innerst: School Visits as an Illustrator
Room: Diamond 1

Leuyen Pham: Creating Middle Grade Art
Room: Diamond 5

There's plenty for illustrators to learn at other workshops as well, but these are illustrator-focused events. Don't forget, you can only attend one session per time block, so choose carefully, take notes, and have fun! For the full conference schedule, visit:

If you're reading from home, don't forget to participate in the monthly Draw This! challenge. This month, the theme is "Celebrate" with submissions due July 20th.

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