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Spring Portfolio Critiques Following the Winter Three Track Illustrator Intensive

Feb 01, 2024 - Feb 16, 2024

Online event

Art Director Aram Kim will do written portfolio critiques after the Winter Three Track Illustrator Intensive is over, with the idea being that artists will take what they learned in the intensive and improve their portfolios. Portfolio critique spots will be available for Assignment or WIP attendees first, from Feb. 1-4. After that (Feb. 5-16), Basic Attendees and others will also be able to purchase a portfolio review, until the spots are filled.

Registration is now closed.

Cost: $65 Premium Members; $80 for Registered Users

Submission Details:

  • Artists should submit to Mary Uhles a PDF with up to 10 pieces, with file and subject line named FirstName-LastName-Portfolio.
  • Artists may ask ONE specific question. Submit in the body of the email like this example: “Question for Aram: Do my child characters read too old?” Questions are not necessary to submit a portfolio – this is only an option.
  • PDFs should not exceed 10MB.
  • Submit portfolio to Mary by Feb 16th.

Written feedback via the SCBWI gold form will be returned by 3/25/24. 

Portfolio registration is open to attendees of the Winter Intensive ONLY from Feb 1-4; Spots will open up to basic attendees and other interested artists from Feb. 5-16, or until spots are filled.

No refunds for portfolios sent in after Feb. 16


Aram Kim is a writer, illustrator, and designer of children’s picture books. She was born in Ohio, raised in South Korea, and now lives in Queens, NY, happily surrounded by diverse food and culture. By day, she is an Art Director at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group where she designed and oversaw many award-winning picture books including 2021 Caldecott Medal Winner We Are Water Protectors and 2021 Caldecott Honor Winner A Place Inside of Me. She has worked with both debut illustrators and established illustrators on a wide range of children’s books. As an author/illustrator herself of acclaimed picture books, she is closely connected with illustrators and enjoys learning from them and working with them.

When she is not working as an art director, Aram writes and illustrates her own stories. Her published books include Cat on the Bus (Children’s Choice Reading List 2017, New York Public Library Summer Reading List 2018), No Kimchi for Me! (JLG Gold Selection 2017, Bank Street College’s Best Children’s Book of the Year 2018, A Baker’s Dozen Award 2018), Let’s Go to Taekwondo! ( JLG Gold Selection 2020), and Sunday Funday in Koreatown ( JLG Gold Selection 2021). Her most recent book is Tomorrow Is New Year's Day (JLG Gold Selection 2022), which is about Seollal, a Korean celebration of Lunar New Year.

To find out more about Aram’s work: