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Webinar: True to Character (From Any Angle)

May 13, 2024

Online event

Mike will share his insights into creating memorable characters and offer advice on how to keep them consistent throughout a project. In a presentation that will sharpen up some of our drawing techniques and take us into the world of puppet theatre, Mike will take us on a sweet and lively journey from idea to characters that can last. Topics covered will include- Idea Generation and Free Sketching, Drawing with Shapes and Consistent Anatomy in Space, Finding and using References, Consistent Color and Technique, Finding a Visual Voice

Quick Facts

Host Region: Eastern Pennsylvania

Contact: Kristen Strocchia epa-ara@scbwi.org


  • Premium Members: $15 USD
  • Preview Plan: $25 USD

Meet the Faculty

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About Mike

Mike Malbrough broke into the industry in 2017 with his debut MARIGOLD BAKES a CAKE (Philomel Books), and has since illustrated nearly a dozen books for kids. Primarily a watercolor artist, Mike uses traditional media to create characters and scenes that are both memorable and endearing in works such as the WARREN & DRAGON series by Ariel Bernstein (Viking Books), YOU MADE ME A DAD by Laurenne Sala (HarperKids), and the Kirkus star reviewed LOVE IS HERE (Philomel,) which he wrote as well as illustrated.

Illustration Portfolio, PB & GN sample CRITIQUES available: (at an additional cost)

For Illustration Portfolios: Please send six portfolio-ready illustrations OR 1 dummy .jpg or .png file (5 MB max).

For Picture Book: Please send entire manuscript OR dummy and a 1- to 2-sentence pitch (in the same document). For PB manuscripts, format your work in 12-point font, with one-inch margins, and double spacing (US Letter paper size). Include your pitch in the same document (please don’t send two documents).

For Graphic Novel sample: Please send up to 10 pages of your manuscript, plus a one-page, single-spaced synopsis. Include your synopsis in the same document (please don’t send two documents).

How to format your submission:

⇒For PB AND Graphic Novel submissions, please include your name on every page of your work as a header or a footer, as well as identifying information on page one: first & last name, email address, title, genre.

⇒For ALL submissions, SAVE YOUR FILE as Critique Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT/PORTFOLIO as a PDF or DOC or DOCx.   

Example: Malbrough_Strocchia_PURPLE CARROTS

⇒Then send your file to Kristen at epa-ara@scbwi.org. The subject should read: Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT/PORTFOLIO (same as saved file name).

Submission deadline: Friday, May 10, 2024.

We anticipate critiques to be returned on or about Tuesday, June 11, 2024.