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:
- 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
Please join in the coming months as we work on the craft of illustration.
Date(s) – 01/10/2021
2:00 pm EST
Deadline to submit
JUDGE: Laura Freeman, https://lfreemanart.com/
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
APPLICANTS SHALL CREATE ONE (1) DOUBLE PAGE SPREAD RELATED TO THIS PROMPT:
Anansi and The Turtle
CLICK LINK BELOW TO READ THE STORY:
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.
Congratulations to 2020 Liz Conrad Awardee, REBECCA GUNN
Visit her website: https://www.rebeccagunn.com/
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
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
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
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.
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
Optional Online Face-to Face Faculty Portfolio/Dummy Review: $50
InkTober Online Share
- Theme Constraints
- Growth and
- Habits – All the things you need to develop a strong art career.
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 King.org, will cover key elements of illustrating for the children’s book market.
Watch the Series Online:
Thumbnails, Book Dummies & More: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svlwJlQcJPE&t=7s
Character Design: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfuIM-8_VJU&t=332s
Typography & Hand Lettering: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyqiOv3r958&t=3s
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!
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
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.
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.
Portfolios – Learn more about preparing your portfolio for the upcoming conference
- Tips & Tricks – from Elizabeth Dulemba
- Portfolio Show Guidelines – SCBWI National Portfolio Show Guidelines
Join us at Southern Breeze SCBWI Events!