Portfolio Power Up!

Nov 15, 2023

Online event

Picture book author/illustrator Niña Mata will discuss her personal journey in finding joy in her art. In this workshop, Niña will discuss her key components of what makes dynamic illustrations by incorporating thoughtful textures and patterns to your art and how stepping outside of your comfort zone and just having FUN can help you take control of your visual narratives. With Niña's guidance, attendees will analyze and brainstorm ways to bring one of their own portfolio works-in-progress to the next level. Let's go!

Who Should Attend This Workshop?

Any kidlit illustrator looking to level up their work.

What You Should Bring

Bring an illustration that you are currently working on. Niña recommends bringing your interpretation of SCBWI's Narrative Art Award Prompt.

Additional Information

The workshop will be recorded, with the recording provided to registered attendees for one month only, post event. Attendees will also have the chance to win a giveaway from Niña!

About Niña Mata

Author and Illustrator Niña (Kneen-Yah) Mata is a #1 New York Times Illustrator and a 2021 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honoree. She has illustrated many books, including American gymnast Laurie Hernandez’s She’s Got This, and NBA all-star LeBron James’s I Promise, and Ty’s Travels I Can Read series.

Niña grew up in a very diverse neighborhood and often references her childhood in her work. With one drawing at a time, Niña wants everyone to see how important they are in this world and that our power comes from embracing who we truly are.

Niña currently lives in NJ with her husband, their daughter, and their grumpy cat Tabi.