|You never know WHAT
you will see in NY!
On Friday, I attended the optional illustrator’s intensive where I got to meet my online friends, Kary Lee and Akiko White, who from then on kindly helped me navigate my first conference! Loved the interview with Tomie de Paola (by Cecilia Yung) and the presentations by Brett Helquist and Paul Zelinsky. Having created my book with no illustration training, it was great to hear how the pros approach it, and to recognize in my book what I did well, and where I might grow and improve.
|I won Paul's book!
|I love my portfolio
At the end of a day of breakout workshops and more keynotes, I attended the Illustrators’ Social, getting to know fellow illustrators and eating delicious cake made by Akiko, winner of the Tomie dePaola award (her award-winning illustration was made with cake!!). Fabulous being in a room with so much creativity, including the talented faculty, and the friendliest people you could meet.
I loved Saturday morning’s keynote from Jack Gantos who recounted
hilarious tales from his childhood. I
laughed so hard I couldn’t see through the tears! Of course, now I must go and read everything
he’s ever written.
|Akiko and Tomie
at the Illustrators' Social
|Akiko's winning cake illustration
Sunday morning Akiko received her award from Tomie (woop woop!), followed by a wondrously inspiring, funny and heartfelt keynote by KateMessner. Did I think anyone could match Jack Gantos? Nope, but Kate did! When she asked us to celebrate the small successes and to take a few minutes to sit with those, it was the most moving moment of the entire conference for me. Just wonderful.
An entertaining panel on The Art of the Picture book followed and then a keynote by Nikki Grimes, where I walked out excited to read more of her beautiful poetry. Door prizes and then an autograph party ended the conference. Fantastic day!
But I wasn’t done – I spent the rest of the afternoon with more new friends,
Connie and Dana visiting the New York Public Library’s exhibit “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter” (loved!), St.Patrick’s Cathedral (beautiful, despite the renovations going on), a browse
through Barnes and Noble, and a snowy walk through Central Park. A perfect ending to my trip, and now, with much
anticipation, I look forward to the approaching summer conference in L.A. Yeah!
|From The Nonsense Verse of Carroll & Lear
at the New York Public Library
|Kary, me and Akiko
|Dana and I in Central Park