Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Illustrator Day 2020

Date(s) - 03/07/2020
9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Alongsiders Church
2830 NE Flanders - Portland, OR 97232

Logo by Kara Frost

If you’ve ever wanted to learn some technology but were afraid it would be over your head OR you knew too much to sit through basic skills, we’ve got a great opportunity for you! We’ve reserved a room large enough to accommodate two workshops at one time. You can choose between a 90-minute beginner-level workshop with Chamisa Kellogg on “Intro to Procreate” or a more advanced-level workshop with David Hohn talking about “Working with Textures”, followed by Danny Popovici on How to create & Customize Photoshop Brushes. Following a snack break, we’ll get crafty with a 90-minute hands-on workshop creating Cut Paper Collage with Toni Yuly or Watercolor Painting with Abigail Marble.

Registration CLOSES on March 4th!  $50 fee for members. $60 for non-members.

Faculty Bios:

Chamisa Kellogg is an illustrator, character designer and writer based in Portland, Oregon. She loves creating characters with spectacular imaginations, curiosity, vulnerability and bravery. Chamisa enjoys seeking out the magic in everyday life and has a habit of eavesdropping on strangers’ conversations. She is deeply fascinated by nature and our human relationship with it.

Chamisa recently completed the illustrations for a picture book with Tilbury House Publishers. She is represented by Claire Easton, at Painted Words literary agency.

  David Hohn is an illustrator and instructor based in Portland Oregon. Clients include Scholastic Publishing, Random House, Charlesbridge and Bloomsbury publishing.

He teaches picture book illustration at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland and online at Society of Visual Storytelling. His days are spent in the studio imagining what it would be like to be someone else, doing something else – and then he paints it.

Danny Popovici, is a children’s book artist and overall decent human being. He tells stories through picture book illustrations, urban sketching, and collage. He’s illustrated a couple of books and currently working on his author debut.

  Toni Yuly fell in love with Eastern sensibilities during a year spent in Sendai, Japan when she was just 17 years old. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BFA in Painting where she studied with the great American painter, Jacob Lawrence. Now, after many years as a librarian with the King County Library System, Toni works full-time as a designer, artist and writer.

She lives in a small house by the water in Bremerton, WA, a short ferry boat ride from Seattle, WA where she was born.

  Abigail Marble has always loved painting, drawing, and writing and knew from the second grade on she wanted to write and illustrate children’s books. She studied at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Abigail has worked as a Graphic Designer and has illustrated books for trade and educational publishers.

Currently, she lives in Portland and is writing and illustrating her own stories.





9:00 – 10:30am 

A:  Intro to Procreate90-minutes – Chamisa Kellogg

Procreate is a powerful iPad drawing app with an incredible range of brushes, layering capabilities, and even some simple animation tools. In this class, Chamisa will cover all the basics to get you drawing comfortably in Procreate. You will learn how to set up a file, customize your workspace, create custom color palettes, navigate the brushes palette, and export files that can seamlessly be used in Photoshop. There will be time at the end to experiment and play, as well as ask questions.

Note: To actively participate in this class, you will need to bring your iPad, Apple pencil, and have the latest version of Procreate preloaded on your device. You are also welcome to just observe, in case you’re considering an ipad/pencil purchase.


A:  Working with Textures45-minutes – David Hohn

In this demo I’ll show a simple way in Photoshop to apply real textures to digital artwork. A method that effectively mimics physical media and leaves no digital artifacts. Sheet’s of any texture are scanned in, digitally lifted off the page and then applied to a new piece of art using layer masks. I will show a digital charcoal and digital monotype technique regularly used in my own artwork.

Note: Bring a notepad and something to write with.

Back-to-back with:

Create and Customize Photoshop Brushes 45-minutes – Danny Popovici

Learn to make Photoshop brushes by scanning your own artwork from your sketchbooks. If you like a certain brush stroke or texture from your hand drawings, you can transfer those into a digital format and use that as a Photoshop brush to illustrate with. It’s an easy and fun way to bring your own personal touch to a digital project.

Note: You’re welcome to bring your iPad or laptop, but it’s not necessary. Bring a notepad and something to write with.


We’ll take a break from 10:30 to 11am


11:00 – 12:30am 

B: Cut Paper & Collage 90-minutes – Toni Yuly

Toni will talk about her process using torn tissue paper, cut paper and collage in the illustrations for her picture books. She will share examples and lead the group in making some simple collages. Toni says, “Let’s tear up some tissue paper and go wild!” 

Note: Please bring scissors, glue sticks, black markers, a pack of colored construction paper and some white cover stock.


B: Watercolor Painting 90-minutes – Abigail Marble

Abigail will talk about her art, do a demonstration of painting with watercolors and then lead you through the process to create an art piece on the spot.

Note: Please bring watercolor paper, brushes, jar for water, cleanup cloth, & watercolor paints.


Please Choose one A and one B option…