May 5, 2012
CONTACT: Mary Ann Fraser
9:00 a.m. 0 4:30 p.m. Community Room, Simi Valley Livrary, 2969 Tapo Canyon Rd., Simi Valley, CA 93063
Step By Step: Working Creatively With An Art Director
Laurent Linn, art director for Simon and Schuster Publishing, will lead this professional development workshop intended to mirror the actual process of working with an art director. As a participant, you will receive a picture book manuscript in advance. You will choose one 2-page spread to illustrate from this manuscript and do a sketch of the illustration. This sketch will be emailed to Laurent through SCBWI. Laurent will review the sketches and make art direction comments as he would with any illustrator he works with. Those comments will be sent back to you through SCBWI. Finally, you will create a fully illustrated piece of final art to bring with you on the day of ArtWorks! The group will review all sketches, revised sketches, and final art to explore the process of creating picture book art. You will have the opportunity to display your portfolio and best of all, go home with a great new illustration to showcase.
- February 20, 2012: ArtWorks! registration due
- February 24 2012: Assignments will be forwarded to registrants.
- March 23, 2012: Sketches due.
- April 6, 2012: Comments by Laurent on sketches sent to illustrators.
- May 5, 2012: Final art brought by registrants to ArtWorks for critique by Laurent Linn.
Instructor: 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
Space limited to 20 participants, SCBWI members only. However, an option to audit the day is available for a reduced rate for those interested in listening to the critiquing process. (No portfolio displays for audits.) All may bring promotional postcards and one-sheets and they will be given to Laurent.
$70 SCBWI members only. $40 audit-only.
Questions: Email Mary Ann Fraser at: MaryAFrase@aol.com