SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Illustrator Homework

Kevan Atteberry's Homework for Sunday Intensive Session–You MUST be attending the conference on Sunday to participate (limited to 12 participants, first come, first served):

For this one-hour intensive, Kevan will select two very short, obscure rhymes. Choose ONE of the rhymes and create a 4-panel, sequentially sketched interpretation of it. The panels should be loose but with enough information to share your vision. Then take one of the panels to a finished illustration. We will share the sketches and finished art and discuss them in the session.

For complete instructions and the choice of rhymes, see:

Kevan's homework assignment.doc or Kevan's homework assignment.pdf

Observers are welcome and will learn a lot from this discussion of others' work.

Martha Rago's Homework for Saturday and Sunday Workshop Sessions:

Writing with Pictures

This homework assignment is in two parts. You must be attending the conference BOTH Saturday and Sunday to participate. You must participate in BOTH Part One and Part Two of this assignment. 

Explore the importance of characterization and story-telling through the visual language of wordless or minimal text picture books. How do you create character, emotion, narrative, and drama without relying on words?

Using a minimally worded text as a prompt, or no text at all, create a 24-32 page visual story that includes a well-developed character or cast, and a fitting context for a well-paced story. The story should have drama and unexpected events or elements and be charged with emotion that will engage and compel the reader to stick with and enjoy the experience.

You will bring all your original art and handmade dummies and scrap, experiments and reference materials. We will display them on tables along the periphery of the room. Please prepare a pdf version of your working sketches and finished work. Please send your pdf to Robyn Waters in advance of the conference at oregon-ic@scbwi.org (DEADLINE: May 12, 2016, no exceptions).

Also, bring materials to draw with at the session in case you want to revise your work. Tracing paper and tape is always useful for experimenting and revising on top of your existing work.

Martha Rago's Homework for Saturday Workshop Session–You MUST be attending the conference on both Saturday and Sunday to participate (limited to 12 participants, first come, first served):

Part One: Character Studies Review

Create character studies that you will bring to the workshop showing the sketches and variations, including your reference and multiple experiments and the tight full color final character/s that will be in your story. Be prepared to share your process and receive a critique on the results.

Martha Rago's Homework for Sunday Workshop Session–You MUST be attending the conference on both Saturday and Sunday to participate (limited to 12 participants, first come, first served):

Part Two: Picture Book Dummy Review

Create a thumbnail dummy mapping out the story to fit the page count you've selected–24 or 32 pages. Transfer the mapped out dummy onto a full size paged dummy, with consideration of the flow on one page to the other, the pacing and the effect on the page turns, trim and gutter on the experience. Images can be roughly sketched, but finish tightly at least 2-3 pages in the sequence. Create one finished color piece that shows the quality of the finished art-style, palette and technique. Be prepared to share your process and receive a critique on the results.

Martha would like to emphasize that participants follow through on their finished pieces for both sessions to get the most out of her critique. 

Observers are welcome in both of Martha's sessions, and you will learn a lot from the discussion of others' work.