Illustrator Resources

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Monthly Mingle

Monthly Mingle Connect, talk shop, and share tips on various KidLit Illustration topics with other SCBWI-MI illustrators. All experience levels welcome! -- The next Mingle: Monday, November 13th Time: 5:30 - 6:30 PM -- Where: Zoom Passcode: SCBWI -- Topic: All About Portfolios Description: Tonight at the mingle we'll be discussing Portfolios -- putting them together for a review or showcase (should be helpful with the Marvelous Midwest Conference coming up, if you were thinking about attending). Also we can talk about website portfolios too if there is time and that's something people are really interested in. Come from 5:30-6:30 tonight with your questions, thoughts, experiences, etc.

Illustrator Resources


Illustrator Retreat - Off the Beaten Path: Finding Illustration Inspiration in Nature

Get your creative juices flowing and learn together with your peers over a long fall weekend in the woods. Unplug and unwind in nature to gain inspiration, enrichment, and a fresh perspective as you connect with other members of our illustration community.  

WHEN:  Friday, October 20 - Sunday, October 22, 2023

Applications CLOSED!

Virtual Annual Illustrator Day w/ SCBWI Eastern Pennsylvania

When: Saturday, October 28, 2023

Every year Illustrator Day is a special day dedicated to our illustration members! Whether you’re published or have just joined SCBWI, you don’t want to miss our annual event for illustrators.

Pick your level of commitment when you register. Join us for the faculty presentations, or go a step further and register for the Art Director Assignment to receive feedback on your work from Art Director Jim Hoover and Editor Michele McAvoy. Need more? Register for a one-on-one portfolio, dummy, or manuscript critique with a publishing professional. Our faculty members are excited to meet our illustrators and help you take your art, stories, and career to the next level!

Registration opens June 26, 2023.

SCBWI premium members: $100; registered users: $115.

Have you taken a look at The Book yet? If not, you must! (free for members to download)

The Book ( THE BOOK

contains new and essential articles and answers many of your burning questions in the Illustrator’s Guide (pg. 15) such as: * What should I put in my portfolio? Great article: Putting Together A Prize-Winning Portfolio by Molly Idle, pg. 25 * Should I be on social media as an artist? (Spoiler: YES) * How do I show my work to a publisher? * Must/Should I have an agent represent me? * What fees or royalties can I expect from illustrating a children’s book? …and so much more. Please go download your free copy (or you can buy a physical copy for $6.25 + shipping), it really does contain most if not all of the information you will need to know as a newbie. 

4 Easy Ways To Get Eyes On Your Artwork:

1. Put your portfolio in the SCBWI Illustrator Gallery If you have not done so already, set up your portfolio in the Illustrator Gallery. It’s easy — you set it up on your SCBWI Member Profile page. If you get confused, instructions to do that are here: 2. Submit to the Bulletin**

Each issue of the Bulletin features many pieces of spot art submitted by members. Members receive $50 for each piece that is used. SCBWI retains only the first-time rights, the artist keeps all other rights to use the art. All SCBWI members are eligible to enter by submitting one or more spot illustrations following the guidelines below. In addition, each issue of the Bulletin features a winning “Art Spot” illustration, chosen from the pool of submissions. The art spot winner receives $100 for their winning piece. Submitting is easy.

Here are the guidelines:

• You must be a current SCBWI member to submit.

• Illustrations should be emailed to

• All digital files should be titled with the first and last name of the illustrator, followed by a number for multiple submissions. (i.e. “John_Doe1.jpg”)

• Images should be 300 DPI, TIF, or JPG files; total file size 5MB or less.

• Grayscale or B&W files only.

• Art must be either line art or vignetted, not full-bleed art.

Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis. You will be notified if your art was selected via email. Some art submissions that are not used immediately will be placed on a waiting list of a future Bulletin. You will be notified as soon as the art will be used and a check will be issued.

3. Start submitting to DRAW THIS! every month 

Draw This! is a monthly art prompt that is part of SCBWI INSIGHT (the email newsletter sent to all SCBWI members). Illustrators have the opportunity each month to show their artwork in a social media gallery and two winning pieces are featured in the INSIGHT email and the homepage of the website. The Twitter and Instagram galleries are open to public viewing, so agents, art directors, and editors have yet another way of finding our illustrators. You can find each month’s prompt at the very bottom of the INSIGHT email newsletter.

Submitting is easy. Here are the guidelines:

• You must be a current SCBWI member to submit.

• Post your work to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #SCBWIDrawThis.

• Artwork must be inspired by the prompt word in some way.

• Art may be B&W, grayscale, or RGB color.

• Vignettes, line art, and full-bleed art are welcome.

4.  Submit your work to be a Featured Illustrator SCBWI features one illustrator member each month.

The Featured Illustrator’s art is highlighted prominently on the homepage and the Illustrator Gallery landing page, as well as all SCBWI social media. The site receives over 191K hits each month, the Instagram account has over 22K followers, the Twitter account has 44K followers, and the Facebook has 5K followers. That is a lot of eyes on your work! Fill out the form and see other image requirements here: