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Illustrator’s Lounge

Welcome to the Southern Breeze

Illustrator’s Lounge


You’ve come to the right place for the latest information on regional events and to learn more about visual storytelling. Take a look around to learn more about what we do in the Southern Breeze Region.  Southern Breeze provides many opportunities for writers and illustrators to practice their craft and network within our region.

Our typical illustrator events include:

  • Critiques
  • Sketch crawls
  • Gallery and museum visits
  • Illustrator art shows
  • Networking events
  • Annual conferences and Illustrator’s Day

We are always trying to come up with events to keep everyone connected. If you have ideas, questions or would like to volunteer, please let us know how you would like to be involved.  Please take a look below for some of the upcoming opportunities in Southern Breeze.


Stay Connected and see ya’ll soon!

TeMika Grooms, Southern Breeze Illustrator Coordinator

Upcoming Events

Please join in the coming months as we work on the craft of illustration.

Check out our Southern Breeze Illustrators Gallery

Illustrator’s Play Date

Date(s) – 01/10/2021
2:00 pm EST

Grab your art materials and log in to zoom as we have an Illustrator Play Date!
Creating can be a lonely endeavor, but there is a community here to support you.
Join us in January and let’s talk about our plans for 2021.
To receive the link please email  with Subject Line: SCBWI Play Date Jan 10th 

Liz Conrad Award

Deadline to submit


JUDGE:  Laura Freeman,

In honor of our dear friend, Liz Conrad, who created many wonderful children’s books, the Southern Breeze chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators has established a merit based Award for our regional illustrators. This award is now the only contest offered to our illustrators as we have moved to a single regional conference each year.

The Liz Conrad Award will be given to one promising illustrator in the children’s book field and will provide:
**One-year free SCBWI Membership
**Review comments from the Judge determining the recipient of the Award


Anansi and The Turtle


This Award is open to Southern Breeze SCBWI members only and is an impressive honor to add to one’s resume.

Applications may be submitted beginning November 15th of each year.

APPLY  by January 15th, 2021

Congratulations to 2020 Liz Conrad Awardee, REBECCA GUNN

Visit her website:





Developing Book Dummies Series and Illustration Masterclass 

Click Here to Register Starting December 15th

Date(s) – 01/16/2021 – 04/24/2021

Join us for the SCBWI Southern Breeze Developing Book Dummies and Illustration Masterclass: a 4-month online series for children’s book illustrators

The Developing Book Dummies 3-part series will teach attendees the key steps to developing a finished picture book dummy which includes two final illustrations. Sessions include a faculty presentation in the first hour with time for feedback, critique or breakout sessions in the second hour. Assignments and feedback will be given on selected work to allow everyone to develop in their craft together.

The Illustration Masterclass, the final webinar, will provide tips and techniques to advance your art and illustration career. Optional Professional Faculty Portfolio Reviews available on first-come-first-served basis (limited to 20 reviews) following the Masterclass.

*Note: You must be a registered participant in the Masterclass in order to sign up for the optional reviews. 

The Liz Conrad Awardee will be announced during the Illustration Masterclass.

Registrants can sign up “a la carte” for the Book Dummy Development Series, the Illustration Masterclass and/or both events. 



DEVELOPING BOOK DUMMIES – Jan. 16th, Feb. 27th and March 13th

Recordings will be available

Character Design, Color and More 

1/16/2021   1:00 pm –  3:00 pm EST/EDT

Guest Presenter: David SanAngelo


Dive into the details of character design, color palettes, and explore characters for your next book dummy.  We will work through exercises as we learn tools to get to know our characters on the page. 

Assignment – Participants will illustrate a character from their own story or choose to add a unique spin on a classic story in the public domain (example: Alice in Wonderland). Come to the first session prepared with your story.  


Creating Compelling Page-Turns 

2/27/2021   1:00 pm –  3:00 pm EST/EDT

Guest Presenter: Eboni Glenn


How do you create compelling page-turns that keep the reader (and the publisher) wanting more? This session covers thumbnails and other tools you’ll need to create your book dummy to keep readers turning those pages until the very end.

Assignment – Participants will have completed story and character sketches, and full design from the previous session.


The Hook and the Book: Query Letters and Book Dummy Review

3/13/2021   3:00 pm –  5:00 pm EST/EDT

Guest Presenter: Rob McClurken


So you’ve created a book dummy, now what do you do?  A hook and a book dummy go hand in hand!  We’ll wrap up this 3-part series by exploring key elements of query letters and a faculty review of selected book dummies (first-come-first serve) for everyone to learn from.  

Assignment – Participants will have completed the book dummy based on all other previous assignments.  



ILLUSTRATION MASTER CLASS – April 24th, 10am – 6pm

The program will culminate in our annual event as an Illustration Masterclass, where industry professionals will share valuable knowledge to advance in your craft.  The day will include faculty presentations followed by professional review of a select number of picture book dummies created during the Developing Book Dummies Series. 

Recordings will be available for one month following online event


Color Harmony and Illustration Style Experimentation

4/24/2021   10:00 am – 12:00pm EST/EDT

Join Kyle T. Webster as he explains some tricks and shortcuts you can use to create color harmony in your illustrations. Stick around for the second hour to learn how you can experiment with style in your illustration work to expand your visual vocabulary and find the right approach for your story.



Kyle T. Webster has drawn for The New Yorker, TIME, The New York Times, Scholastic, ADOBE, and Nike. His work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, Communications Arts, and American Illustration. He is known throughout the world as the founder of, the brand behind the Photoshop brushes used in studios like Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks, and by thousands of illustrators everywhere. He currently works at Adobe as a design educator and he recently helped to build the illustration app, Adobe Fresco. His picture book, Please Say Please! was published by Scholastic in 2016, and his book, Trace, was published by Baron Fig in 2020. He is currently working on new book projects and is represented by Chad Beckerman at the CAT Agency.

Optional One-on-One Portfolio/Dummy Reviews with faculty via Zoom 

Limited Space – Only 20 Review Slots for One-on-One Reviews

Participants will have the opportunity to sign up for optional Portfolio/Dummy Reviews with faculty in the Illustration Masterclass to gain valuable feedback on their work.  Reviews may be scheduled the day of the event or at a designated time agreed upon by the faculty member and the participant. 


Developing Dummies Series

Members: $40

Non-Members: $45

Illustration Masterclass

Members: $50

Non-Members: $55

Both Events

Members: $85

Non-Members: $95

Optional Online Face-to Face Faculty Portfolio/Dummy Review: $50



Past Events

InkTober Online Share

Southern Breeze Illustrators joined in the InkTober festivities online!
The 30-day list of prompts were geared to help us work on:
  • Theme Constraints
  • Accountability
  • Goals
  • Quotas
  • Growth and
  • Habits – All the things you need to develop a strong art career.
 Thank you for joining us and please check out more of their work on Instagram under the hashtag:#SCBWI_SouBreeze  

Children’s Book Illustration Webinars 2020

Do you have questions about the nuts and bolts of Children’s Book Illustration?

This series sponsored by SCBWI Southern Breeze, Microsoft, and Art Is, will cover key elements of illustrating for the children’s book market.

Watch the Series Online:

Thumbnails, Book Dummies & More:

Character Design:

Typography & Hand Lettering:

Illustrator’s Day 

Illustrator’s Day is one of our favorite times of year as it allows our Illustrator’s to gather to focus on craft and the business of visual storytelling!

The day typically features art directors, agents, editors and illustrators ready to share insight and inspiration on improving your art for children’s books.  The day features presentations, Quick Fire Portfolio Reviews, craft workshops, a portfolio showcase and so much more!  Join us!


Annual Gallery Show at Decatur Arts Festival

Our annual gallery show features the Southern Breeze Regional Illustrators.  Come out to see the framed art work from the featured published books.  The gallery show is sponsored by the SCBWI Southern Breeze and the Georgia Center for the Book during the Decatur Book Festival – one of the largest art festivals in the Atlanta metropolitan area.  The opening night is the Friday before Memorial Day and runs the month of June.  Join us and meet the artists at this family-friendly event!

Sketch Crawls

Practice! Practice! Practice! An artist’s work is never done!

Join us for one of our sketch crawls as we meander through spaces and places looking for inspiration and networking with other artists.  This event is open to writers and illustrators of all levels.  Join us at the next museum, live drawing session or town square!

Annual Art Call – Conference Brochure

Featured Artists:
David SanAngelo (2020)
Shannon Day (2019)
Maegan Penley (2018)
 Melissa Schultz-Jones (2016)
 Blythe Russo (2015)
Please use email subject:  SM21 BROCHURE
SCBWI Members can submit work to be featured in the 2021 Spring Mingle Brochure!  This will put your work front and center to be seen by Children’s Book Publishers, Editors and Agents.  Send your website or social media link and/or existing work samples you think would be a good fit for the brochure cover to Southern-Breeze-IC@scbwi.orgPlease use email subject:  SM21 BROCHURE

Resources & Information

Southern Breeze Illustrator’s Gallery

Have you added your artwork to your SCBWI Profile?  If you do, there is an opportunity to be a Featured Illustrator.


To add your art to the SCBWI-Southern Breeze Illustrator Gallery, login to your SCBWI account and upload files from the Illustrations section of your Member Profile page.

Here’s a video, from our webmaster Tracey M. Cox, showing you how to upload your images:


Portfolios & Postcard Tips

Postcards – Learn more about preparing your postcards and portfolios to be seen by industry professionals.

TeMika has a great video about different swag you can create to give away.

Portfolios – Learn more about preparing your portfolio for the upcoming conference



Join us at Southern Breeze SCBWI Events!

DRAW THIS! SCBWI Monthly Art Prompt 

SCBWI Featured Illustrator


….and many more SCBWI AWARDS & GRANTS can be found at

Need Resources?

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