Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Illustrator’s Day – 2018 Schedule

IGNITE Your Illustration Career

This Illustrator’s Day is designed to enliven your visual storytelling with dynamic advanced techniques. Join us for this day of informative sessions, mentorships and portfolio reviews that will spark your creative flow.



9:00 am – 9:30 am                         Check-in & welcome

9:30 am – 10:15 am                       Session 1

Advanced – Illustrators Matchbox – Pat Cummings

How to use dynamic elements (Scale, Perspective, Lighting, Pattern, Texture, etc.) to fire up the emotional impact of your work.


10:15 am – 10:30 am                    15 minute break

10:30 am – 11:15 am                    Session 2

Shine Bright From the Start – Deborah Shine

Learn key steps to shine bright from when beginning a book illustration project.

Deb Shine, owner of Star Bright Books, will share the process of hiring an

illustrator and the evolution of a story from initial story board thumbnails to final



11:15 pm – 12:00 pm                    Mentorship Review – Nicki Carmack

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm                      Lunch Break

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm                        Session 3

Advanced –  Dynamic Illustration Techniques – Nicki Carmack

This session will discuss tips and trick to enhance your illustrations with dynamic production techniques.  Learn how embossing, foil stamping, lamination etc. can impact your artwork and create a more dynamic finished product.


1:45 pm – 2:00 pm                        15 minute break

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm                         Liz Conrad Award (Judge Claire Easton, Painted Words) & Quick Fire Review

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm                         Panel Q & A

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm                        Closing Remarks