SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2015-Summer-Conf-Header6 (806 x 156)

 

Monday, August 1, 2016

 

CHARACTER BUILDING
Developing a Believable and Engaging Cast for Your Picture Book

With the day’s faculty: Sophie Blackall Author/Illustrator, Peter Brown Author/Illustrator,
Priscilla Burris Author/Illustrator, Pat Cummings Illustrator, David Diaz Illustrator,
Laurent Linn Art Director, Simon & Schuster,Cecilia Yung Art Director
Art Director & Vice President,
Penguin BFYR, and Paul Zelinsky Illustrator

 

8:15–8:30am 
INTRODUCTION
   

                                

8:30–9:00am 
BLUEPRINT FOR THE DAY

 

9:00–9:45am 
MORE THAN A PRETTY FACE

Capturing Faces and Expressions
Drawing faces from news, photos and screen grabs to understand ethnic and racial differences and individual characteristics, personalities and expressions.

 

10:00–10:55am 
NOT MINI-ADULTS

Understanding Kids’ Proportions, Body Types and Movement
Drawing from real children to understand child-like proportions, gestures and movement.

 

11:00am–12:00pm 
BODY LANGUAGE A

Communicating Intent, Motivation and Emotion
Drawing from hand puppets and marionettes performed by live puppeteers to understand  how to bring inanimate personalities to life. 

 

12:00–1:15pm LUNCH 
A display of the Homework Assignments 

 

1:15-2:15pm  
BODY LANGUAGE B
Conveying Action, Reaction and Interaction 

Drawing from live actors to understand how characters relate to each other.

 

2:15–3:00pm 
PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

Incorporating the homework assignment and studies from the day’s sessions, and applying   your specific style to create a distinct cast in one key scene of your picture book story. 

 

3:00–4:00pm REVIEW
Discussion of Select Homework and In-Class Studies 

 

4:00–5:00pm 
FINDING CHARACTER
Breathing Life into Wild Boars, Famous Bears, and Curious Kids
Sophie Blackall, Author/Illustrator

How a Caldecott award-winning illustrator combines research and inspiration to bring picture book characters to life. 

 

5:00–5:15pm 
CLOSING/DOOR PRIZE

 

PLEASE NOTE FOR DAY OF THE INTENSIVE:
This is a full day drawing session. Bring drawing material and a 8-1/2” x 11" pad and tracing paper.

 

HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT:
Bring 8-1/2” x 11" color studies of three (3) original animal and/or human characters that can be developed into a picture book story. Include one or two sentence description of their age and personalities. Be as precise and specific as you can.

 

 

 

 

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