Speaker Profile - Denise Ortakales

Illustrator and Writer

Region: New England
Age Levels: 5-10 and 11-13
Will Travel: < 500 miles
Skype Visit: No
SCBWI Profile: Member Profile
Speaker Email: denise.ortakales@gmail.com

A graduate of The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University, Denise Ortakales works as a freelance illustrator. Her award-winning paper sculptures have appeared in consumer and business magazines, as well as children's magazines, such as Cricket, Ladybug, Spider, Click and ASK. She has illustrated several children's books, including Planets, Carrot in My Pocket and Good Morning, Garden. Denise is also the author of The Legend of the Old Man of the Mountain published by Sleeping Bear Press. She has served as Co-Illustrator Coordinator for New England SCBWI since 2012. Denise is a life-long resident of Laconia, New Hampshire, where she lives with her husband and two sons. You can see more of her work on her website www.sculptedpaper.com.

Presentation Description:

Presentations typically last 30 to 50 minutes, depending on the age group, and include a Q & A period if time permits. I usually bring one or two pieces of art from my latest book to share, as well as sketches and reference material. An age appropriate book is usually read to younger groups.

I like to brainstorm with schools to come up with the most relevant presentations for their student body. Some of my topics include—My Journey, Illustrating Picture Books, Illustration as a Career, Where do Ideas Come From, and more. Small group workshops are also a possibility.

Check my website http://sculptedpaper.wordpress.com/school-visits/ for more information.