It has been an exciting couple of months without a doubt! First and foremost, I spent an incredible weekend at the New England SCBWI conference in Springfield, MA last May! I attended writing workshops with some amazing authors such as Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen and Melanie Hope Greenberg, and enjoyed insights and inspiration from keynote speakers, Grace Lin and Sharon Creech. Next, I learned valuable tips on creating an illustration portfolio from Sarah Brennan, Teri Weidner, Nicole Tadgell and for a grand finale, a two day storyboarding workshop with one of my all time favorite illustrators, Ruth Sanderson! (Insert happy dance here.) By the time we returned home, my head was spinning and my notebook bulging with notes and an action plan, motivating me through the summer and my upcoming semester.
Last Fall, I had the opportunity to enroll in an Illustration class. Our first project was a children’s book illustration based on a character of our choice. With Peter Pan and Robin Hood tied as runners up, Mary Poppins lead the way in first place. A few weeks later, we were given the assignment to design a product label in my Digital Imaging class, that we would eventually wrap around a jar in Photoshop and finally insert this new product image into a magazine ad. I used a hybrid of this illustration along with other images I was able to find along the way, to create Poppins Preserves… “Just a spoonful of sugar in every practically perfect jar!” Too much fun – I just couldn’t resist!