Sketch Book Event - Let's Go To The Zoo!

Mark your calendar! Our next Sketch Book Event will be Saturday, April 19th at the North Georgia Zoo! For those who don't live nearby, we will meet at 9:00 am at the Barnes & Noble at The Forum (5155 Peachtree Parkway, Norcross) and head up together from there. We'll spend a lovely day drawing fuzzy critters, then grab some lunch nearby. Afterwards, Paula Puckett has invited us to drop by her Alpaca farm where cookies and lemonade will be served. (She's just down the road.) Does this not sound like a wonderful way to spend the Saturday before Easter?

Writers - Michael A. Austin hosts and he gives out writing prompts as well as illustrator prompts, so you are welcome to come. We do need everybody to RSVP please to either michael@austinillustration.com or elizabethdulemba@mac.com.

I hope you can join us!

Elizabeth O. Dulemba
SCBWI Southern Breeze Illustrator Coordinator


Liz Conrad Scholarship Winner Announced

The race was tight this year, but the judges (R. Gregory Christie, Mark Braught, and myself) agreed... Connie Lynn Reilly is this year's Liz Conrad Scholarship winner!
     Connie has been a professional portrait artist for many years, with quite the record of credentials, and she is starting a new chapter in life adapting her distinct skills and expertise towards children's books. We think her chances are very good!
     The scholarship consists of free tuition to attend both Springmingle and Illustrators' Day along with a free portfolio review during Springmingle.
     Connie was thrilled with the news, "How encouraging is that!?" (I love making that phone call.) And I know Liz would be thrilled with Connie's prospects as well. What better way to honor our lost friend than by encouraging new ones along this path of children's literature that we love so much.
     Here are Connie's winning submission pieces:

The decisions are often tight on the scholarship fund, so if you didn't win this year - please try again next year! Your chance to win is probably just around the corner.
Elizabeth O. Dulemba
Southern Breeze Illustrator Coordinator


Bologna Book Fair Opportunity for PAL Illustrators

Forwarded from the Midsouth Illustrator Coordinator (Susan will be in Bologna):

Hello to our talented Midsouth Illustrators,

The Bologna Children's Book Fair is taking place March 24th -27th and for the 10th year the SCBWI will have a booth there! (yes, Bologna Italy) This year they have created a great opportunity for PAL Illustrators.

A portfolio of SCBWI illustrator members work will be on display at the SCBWI Showcase during the next Bologna Book Fair and available for browsing by publishers, agents and other attendees from across the world. In addition, a digital version of the portfolio will be posted on the SCBWI Bologna 2014 website with thumbnails of artwork and contact information.

For more details on how YOU can be included visit the special SCBWI 2014 website. And while you are there, browse the site to check out past fairs with photos and blog posts.


Susan Eaddy
Illustrator Coordinator SCBWI Midsouth

Elizabeth O. Dulemba
Illustrator Coordinator for the
SCBWI Southern Breeze (AL, GA, FL panhandle)


Dr. Seuss Exhibit in Roswell, Georgia

Per the AJC...
The wild and wacky hat collection of children's author Dr. Seuss is coming to Atlanta on a first-ever tour. Theodor Seuss Geisel, aka Dr. Seuss, created paintings and collected hats which he stashed away in a hidden closet. In honor of the 75th anniversary of his second book, "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins," a special Hats Off to Dr. Seuss exhibition combines the secret collection alongside artworks adapted and reproduced from Geisel's original drawings, paintings and sculpture.
Dr. Seuss collection curator Bill Dreyer will deliver a talk on the art and life of the author at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 during the opening at Ann Jackson Gallery, 932 Canton St., Roswell. RSVPs suggested to valerie@annjacksongallery.com or (770) 993-4783.


Liz Conrad Scholarship Fund Now Open!

Hi All,

Along with registration for Illustrators' Day and Springmingle now being open - you can also submit to win the Liz Conrad Scholarship Fund at .

In honor of our dear friend, the Southern Breeze chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators has established a Conference Tuition / Portfolio Critique Scholarship Fund (a $230 value). The scholarship will be awarded to one budding illustrator in the children's book field to attend either our Springmingle Annual Conference in Atlanta (February), or WIK (Writing and Illustrating for Kids) in Birmingham (October) and receive a free portfolio review.

CLICK HERE for more information and the application form. The deadline for your submission is February 28, 2014.

Elizabeth O. Dulemba
Illustrator Coordinator for the
SCBWI Southern Breeze (AL, GA, FL panhandle)


Tomie de Paola Award Contest!

The deadline for the Tomie dePaola Award is in three weeks! Get your entries in! http://www.scbwi.org/awards/tomie-depaola-award/

Here's a peek at previous year's galleries:
2012: http://scbwiblackandwhite.blogspot.com/ (prompts: Little Women, The Yearling, Tome Sawyer)
2011: http://scbwichickenlicken.blogspot.com/?view=snapshot (prompt: Chicken Licken)
(They should be in 'Snapshot' view. If it says 'Classic' in the upper left corner, just click on it, and switch it up.)

Elizabeth O. Dulemba
Illustrator Coordinator for the
SCBWI Southern Breeze (AL, GA, FL panhandle)


Mandir Temple Wrap-up by Kitty Klein

As I approached the Hindu Mandir that September morning, the sun’s rays burst forth from behind the minarets and flags punctuating the ornamental carvings and wide smooth steps. The word’s derivation, man (mind) and dir (still), was affirmed by the light as I noticed my mind become still in the beauty. This architectural treasure, just outside of Atlanta, is one of the many wonders in the world around me. To appreciate these wonders, I need to know about them. More importantly, I need to go to them because visiting their websites just doesn’t do them justice.
      To immerse myself in the culture, the sights and sounds, the uniqueness of the place, is to be able to call upon its memory when I need it later. Whether illustrating or writing, my experiences and memories help me convey an immediacy of a location. I will remember, rather than imagine, the gentle ripples lapping the edges of the reflecting pond, the water splashing forth from the trunks of a row of bronze elephants. Sketchbook events provide me the opportunity to visit places I might not normally make the time to see.
      The opportunities are out there. For most of us, it takes more than reading books and watching videos. So, get involved with other SCBWI writers and illustrators. Join planned events in your area or create your own. Go to the zoo, a local historical site, or the horse barn down the road. Just go. Your imagination will thank you for it later.

      Kitty Klein is a technical writer during the day and dabbles in picture books and young adult novels by night. She attributes her perseverance to her ever-supportive critique group and also to her good friend and art instructor, Michael Wood.

Photos and sketches from the day:


Bologna Illustrators' Exhibit

SCBWI members receive an extended deadline to send their application packet to be considered for the prestigious Bologna Illustrators' Exhibition at the 2014 Bologna Book Fair. While all other entrants face a 4 October 2013 deadline, the deadline for SCBWI members application to arrive at the illustrators exhibition at the fair office is 30 November 2013.
For general information about how to take part in the illustrators' exhibit: http://www.bookfair.bolognafiere.it/en/illustrators-exhibition/how-to-take-part/1041.html
For application form and rules:
To be eligible for the extended deadline, the illustrator must be a current SCBWI member and write "SCBWI member" on the outside of the application packet. To join SCBWI or to confirm your membership visit www.scbwi.org
To learn about SCBWI events in 2014 and connected with other SCBWI members attending the fair in 2014, join SCBWI Bologna Connections on FB https://www.facebook.com/pages/SCBWI-Bologna-Connections.

I don't know more than what I am posting here - but if you have questions after perusing the website, I might be able to find some answers for you.
This is a highly respected affair and I do suggest you submit!
Elizabeth O. Dulemba


Sketch-Book Event - September 28, 2013!!

Southern Breeze presents: A Sketch-Book Event
featuring the Indian parable of
The Blind Men and the Elephant

Regardless if you're an SCBWI writer or illustrator, you’re invited to join us for SCBWI’s Sketch-Book Event as we visit the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, to seek inspiration in this beautiful and ornate Hindu place of worship. Statues of elephants and peacocks, as well as unique architecture create an exotic atmosphere that is sure to invigorate your creativity. We've planned several optional challenges, which are designed to have you approach your sketches and stories from a new perspective.

Saturday, September 28, 2013 9:00 am ‘til noon
(We’ll all go for lunch afterwards)

On arrival, please give your name at the gate, park and then meet in front of the Gift & Book Shop. Since this is an active place of worship, there are a few things to keep in mind.

• Shorts, skirts, and sleeveless tops are not allowed.
• Although photography and videography is permitted outside, they are not allowed from the podium level and inside the Mandir.
• All visitors must remove their shoes in the shoes drop off area before entering the Mandir. It is recommended that everyone wears socks as the marble inside the Mandir can be cold.

The address is:
460 Rockbridge Road NW
Lilburn, GA 30047
Please visit the web site for directions
Be sure to RSVP as soon as possible to michael at austinillustration dot com

Other than lunch, this is a free event.