Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Nicki Carmack


Nicki Carmack has a degree in Visual Communications from the University of Brighton, England. Her graphic design career was launched in the field of financial marketing, but she soon discovered a love for book design and went to work for Dorling Kindersley in London.

In the early 1990s, Nicki moved to the United States and returned to the financial industry as a senior graphic designer, and ultimately, creative director for Harland Clarke. However, she still loved the creative process of publishing design, and formed a relationship  with Peachtree Publishers in Atlanta.

Nicki worked as a contract designer for Peachtree for a number of years, and was taken on as Creative Director when she left her corporate role in 2012. Her responsibilities include creative development of everything from picture books to young adult titles, advertising, marketing collateral, catalog, website and tradeshow graphics.



Best practices for creating production ready Illustrations

What is bleed? RGB or CMYK? How does the gutter impact my artwork? This session will discuss many of the basic rules of production that will ensure illustrations are reproduced in the way the artist intended.



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.


 Illustrators Mentorship with Nicki Carmack, Creative Director Peachtree Publishers

 Space is Limited to 15 participants. Register Early! Deadline January 1, 2018!

Gain valuable guidance from Creative Director of Peachtree Publishers, Nicki Carmack. She will challenge mentees to reimagine the classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk.  Participants will understand the book development process through hands-on-experience with an art director.

The project will include character and environment development. Mentees will be taken through stages of the project to create a final color spread and cover that may be used as portfolio art.

Stage 1: Character studies, sketches and possible color palette

Stage 2: Story board/thumbnails of the entire store

Stage 3: Complete color art of one spread and cover


Estimated Timeline

Stage 1 deadline mid January

Stage 2 deadline mid February

Stage 3 deadline – a week before the event


SPACE IS LIMITED!  Sign-up early to reserve your slot.