Midsouth Region (TN/KY)

Midsouth Illustrator Workshop

  • 02 Jun 2012
  • 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Brentwood Library, Brentwood, TN

Midsouth Illustrator Workshop

Step By Step: Working Creatively With An Art Director

Faculty – Laurent Linn, Art Director at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Date – Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Time – 10:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Where – Brentwood Library, Brentwood, TN

Place yourself in the picture book illustrator’s seat! This workshop mirrors the process of working with an art director on a picture book project with typical deadlines and individualized art direction from art director, Laurent Linn. Plus, attendees will create a great new illustration for their portfolios!

Cost –

-      Full Participation = $90 for SCBWI members or $110 for non-members -- Limited to 12 Full Participants! All Full Participation spots have sold out!

-      Partial Participation = $40 for SCBWI members or $50 for non-members (Partial Participation is for illustrators who will not complete the assignment but want to attend and learn from Laurent Linn. Partial Participants may only observe Mr. Linn’s comments and may not ask questions during the workshop. They will sit behind the Full Participants.) -- Limited to 15 Partial Participants!

Lunch – $10 box lunch (additional fee) Attendees may pre-purchase a $10 box lunch on the online registration form OR bring a sack lunch. Bottled water will be provided.

Optional Paid Portfolio Critiques – $30 (Full Participants may request a paid portfolio critique by Laurent Linn for $30 per 10 minute face-to-face critique, which is limited to the first 8 Full Participants to register by checking the appropriate box on the online registration form. Please bring portfolio with you to the conference; do not send art ahead of time. The portfolio critiques will take place during the hour before and the hour after the workshop.) All Paid Portfolio Critiques have sold out!

Here’s how it works:

On April 9th, Susan Eaddy (Midsouth Illustrator Coordinator) will email a picture book manuscript from Laurent Linn to all Full Participants. Each Full Participant will choose one 2-page spread to illustrate from this manuscript. They will scan and email the image to Susan by April 26th. Susan will email all of the images to Laurent Linn. He will then review the sketches and make art direction comments as he would with any illustrator he works with. Susan will email these comments from Mr. Linn to the Full Participants on May 11th. They will read the comments, create a fully illustrated piece of final art (incorporating the art directions), and bring it and all sketches with them on the day of the workshop. Together, we’ll look at all attendees’ sketches, revised sketches, and final art to explore the process of creating picture book art. All work prior to the workshop will be completed in the personal workspace of each Full Participant.

Workshop Schedule:

April 9, 2012
Last day to register online

April 9, 2012
Workshop assignment will be mailed to all registered and paid Full Participants

April 26, 2012

Deadline for receipt of sketch (one 2-page spread) from Full Participants to be scanned then emailed to Susan Eaddy (claythings@susaneaddy.com). This sketch will be forwarded to Mr. Linn for comment, initial critique, and suggested modifications to artwork.

May 11, 2012

Comments from Mr. Linn will be emailed to Susan Eaddy who will forward his comments to each individual Full Participant for incorporation into their final artwork.

June 2, 2012

Workshop Day! Bring final artwork and all sketches with you to the workshop. Bring either a high resolution color copy or the original work. 

Laurent Linn – Art Director for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, began his career as a puppet designer in Jim Henson's Muppet Workshop, where he designed and built characters for various Henson productions. With Henson for over a decade, he worked mainly on Sesame Street, eventually becoming the Creative Director for the Sesame Street Muppets, winning an Emmy Award. Currently, Laurent illustrates; is creative advisor for the annual Original Art: The Fine Art of Children’s Book Illustration exhibit (founded by Dilys Evans) at the Society of Illustrators in New York; and collaborates with noted editors, authors, and illustrators on picture books, middle-grade books, and teen novels at Simon & Schuster. See some of his work at www.laurentlinn.com

Important Information:

•This event is limited to 12 Full Participants and 15 Partial Participants

•Communication prior to the workshop is done through email. You must have an active email account or make alternate arrangements through Susan Eaddy before registering if this is not possible.

•Requests for refunds must be received by Saturday, April 7, 2012. No refunds after that date.

•There are no restrictions on medium, color palette, or style when completing your artwork.

•All information, directions, and details will be included in the assignment, which will be emailed to Full Participants on April 9, 2012

Questions? Contact Midsouth Illustrator Coordinator Susan Eaddy at claythings@susaneaddy.com

Registration Opens Friday, March 9, 2012 at 8 pm CST

Registration Closes Wednesday, May 30, 2012 at 8 pm CST

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