Liz Conrad Scholarship Fun Open for Submissions

With registration for our Southern Breeze Spring Conference (Springmingle),we are once again opening applications for the Liz Conrad Scholarship Fund. (The deadline is January 26th.)

The selected illustrator will be awarded free conference tuition and one free portfolio review during the upcoming conference in Atlanta. It would have delighted Liz to know she was helping further someone's budding illustration career, and winning is a nice honor to list on your resume.

Visit http://sbillustrators.blogspot.com/p/scholarship.html and download the application form today!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Elizabeth Dulemba (Illustrator Coordinator) at elizabeth at dulemba dot com, or Kathleen Bradshaw (Assistant Illustrator Coordinator) at atklbradshaw at yahoo dot com.

Bologna Illustrator Opportunity

PAL illustrator members of SCBWI across the world, even if you can't make it to Bologna yourself, don't miss this chance for your work to be visible at the international Bologna Book Fair, We will be showing a select number of illustrator's promotional pieces in our special Illustration Portfolio Display at the SCBWI stand at the Bologna Book fair and also online in our SCBWI Bologna Illustrators' Gallery. Deadline for email submissions: February 14, 2012. Full details on how to apply are on http://www.scbwibologna.org/display-portfolio.php If your work is selected, we'll contact you with details about snail mailing a quality print-out of the piece.

If you are coming to the fair, then how about promoting your work at our SCBWI stand? Duelling illustrator sessions, on-the-spot illustrations to a read- aloud story, and other live art demonstrations have been particular popular events at our past SCBWI stand. To apply for a Showcase slot check out http://www.scbwibologna.org/showcase.php Why not book a slot, or share a space alone or with another PAL,then send out announcements ahead of time, and invite your publishers there to come and watch? There are no children at the fair, but publishers, agents and foreign rights people may well enjoy a break from their busy schedule to be reminded that it all starts with a good idea and a pencil, pen, brush and paint or even your laptop!

And if you aren't yet published but are going to be in Bologna for the Fair, how about booking ahead for 5 minutes of feedback on your portfolio from a publishing pro at the Stand?


2011 Illustration Contest Winners

Congratulations to Sharon Graham, winner of the 2011 SCBWI Southern Breeze Illustration Contest! Illustrators were challenged to create from the prompt "PJ tugged open…"
Sharon's interpretation was "PJ tugged open the giant oyster and out popped the magic pearl."
Created with gouache, tempera, crayon and ink

Second place went to Sandee Chamberlain
Sandee's piece is pencil drawing completed with digital color.

Third place was awarded to Kathleen Bradshaw
Kathleen's pencil drawing of "PJ tugged open the musty, old theater curtain" was completed digitally.

Honorable Mentions went to Shanda McCloskey
"PJ tugged open the buttons of his shirt, because third grade needed a hero."
Shanda used acrylic gouache and colored pencil.

and Michelle Hyde
Michelle created "PJ tugged open the dresser, desperately searching for her paci."
Thank you to everyone who entered the contest, and a big thanks to Kerry Martin, Senior Designer at Clarion Books for serving as our judge.


The Art Spot

Hi Guys,
The SCBWI will be launching a new section in the Bulletin in January called "The Art Spot." It will be FANTASTIC promotion for one lucky artist to be FEATURED every other month (runners up will have their art used elsewhere in the Bulletin). Go to http://www.scbwi.org/Pages.aspx/Submit-Art-to-The-Bulletin to read the details - and submit your art!!
Elizabeth O. Dulemba
Children's Book Author/Illustrator
SCBWI Southern Breeze Illustrator Coordinator
(Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi)
Illustrator Blog: http://sbillustrators.blogspot.com/


Tomie dePaola Award open to submissions...

Hi Everyone! Just wanted to let you know SCBWI has posted the 2012 guidelines for the Tomie dePaola Award since it seems people are chomping at the bit! It is a good one and we are excited to see the art it generates! http://www.scbwi.org/Pages.aspx/Tomie-dePaola-Award


For Critique - Prescott Hill

Attached is a freshly finished independent illustration I have been working on in between the cracks of the past ten days. I'm presenting it to the blog for public ...(gulp) critique.

Illustrator Day has been a catalyst and a bit of a wake up call for me. Up to this point I have been happily producing my art in vector form, which has my medium of choice since 2002. However, the portfolio critique opened my eyes to the fact that if I truly want to full engage in literary illustration, I need to retool my skills away from my commercial illustration mode to something more organic. I also need to drop a lot of my portfolio pieces in favor of some fresh art focused on children's book illustration.

I've entitled the attached "The Maker Mouse," and it's the first of my fresh pieces. Wicked-pedia states: "Maker mice are the problem-solving geeks of the animal world. Unlike pious church mice, maker mice make their home in the attics or floor boards of schools and libraries. They believe it is possible to solve any problem with imagination, a piece of wire, and anything else at hand, (or paw). Lost a spare key, or an ear ring? Your broken iPod seemed to repair itself? You just might have been visited by a maker mouse."

It's been a very long while since I have done anything "painterly" so, this is an experiment to see if I still have the chops. It is also an exploration of using light to set the emotional tone and focus of a composition. The whole shebang was composed in Autodesk SketchBook Pro, (much better choice for this sort of thing than Photoshop), and built over a scanned pencil rough.

This is the first piece I've done using SketchBook Pro exclusively, and I like the results.
- Prescott Hill


Illustrators' Day Wrap-Up

by Kristen Applebee

     Illustrator’s Day is a real treat for the non-writing members of Southern Breeze, because it focuses entirely on the craft and career of illustrating, hence the name: Illustrator’s Day.
     The learning actually started weeks before the September 2nd meeting, with a mentor assignment by illustrator, Michael Allen Austin. Michael took on the role of art director, emailing ideas on how to add emotion, action, or connectivity to rough sketches. I found this process immensely helpful.
     Mike Lowery, SCAD professor and illustrator gave the following advise to those who wish to become professional illustrators. 1. Keep a sketchbook. 2. Promote self. 3. Don’t compare yourself with other illustrators. 4. Don’t talk about your projects. Just do them! He recently illustrated the book, THE GINGERBREAD MAN LOOSE IN THE SCHOOL, written by Laura Murray. She was there to discuss the process of illustration from the author’s point of view.
     Kristen Nobles, Art Director for Candlewick Press, taught that all children’s book illustrators should be professional, technically proficient, and do work appropriate for children. Besides having a unique style and an understanding of visual pacing, there must be an element of magic about the work, for publishing houses to really take notice.
     Robert Agis, Editor of Sterling Children’s Books, went through the basics of how work is acquired by a publishing house and the types of deals offered. He contrasted types of books from board books to interactive ebooks.
     Our speakers critiqued each attendee’s portfolio, which was very insightful. But the most gratifying part of the day for me was being with people who share my dream and love of children’s books.
The Portfolio Review with Kristen, Robert, Mike and Michael Austin...

Laura showing Mike's sketches, and Mike signing copies...

Kristen with some Candlewick titles, and Robert on stage...

Attendees listen intently to Robert's talk...

Robert with some attendees (including Kristen Applebee on the left - author of this article).

The mentor students with their projects. (Click to see larger.)
Your Illustrator Coordinators, Elizabeth and Kathleen...

Regional Advisor, Jo Kittinger, Kathleen, and Joe Davich of the Georgia Center for the Book (our tech hero)...

Our former Regional Advisor, Donna Bowman, and our current Regional Advisor, Claudia Pearson...


Registration Now Open for 2011 Illustrators' Day

Click here to visit our Illustrators' Day page. There you will find details about this year's event. Clicking the "Click Here to Register Now" will take you to the registration page. It's going to be a great year!
Elizabeth O. Dulemba
Southern Breeze Illustrator Coordinator
Artwork courtesy of Mike Lowery


20th Anniversary Logo Contest

We really appreciate everyone who participated in the Southern Breeze 20th Anniversary Logo contest. The steering committee served as judges, and all agreed it was a difficult decision to make. We had a request to post the entries here, so everyone could see the creativity of our group. So here they are...
Design by B. Black

Design by Mark Braught

Design by Lewis Porter

Design by Lewis Porter

Design by Lewis Porter

Winning Design by Shanda McCloskey

Design by Shanda McCloskey

Design by Shanda McCloskey

Design by Susan Nees

Design by Rebecca Sweet

Design by Donna Bowman

Design by Donna Bowman

Design by Donna Bowman

Design by Donna Bowman

Design by Donna Bowman


The 2011 SCBWI Southern Breeze Gallery Show

Friday evening marked the opening of the 2011 SCBWI Southern Breeze Gallery Show at Little Shop of Stories, during the Decatur (GA) Arts Festival's opening night ArtWalk celebration. Six of our published members showed work representing 13 currently available picture books. The represented artists were: Laura Freeman, Mark Braught, Laura Knorr, Michael Austin, Shadra Strickland, and Yours Truly. The number made for a lovely presentation in the store:

Click to see a larger image.
     Hanging out for much of opening night were:

Laura Freeman, Michael Austin, Mark Braught, Yours Truly, and former Southern Breeze Regional Advisor Donna Bowman.
     Rather than demonstration drawings, we ended up each adding a line to a drawing in progress, which ended up creating some crazy images and was lots of fun. Bada Bing once again came through on the catering. And, of course, our friends at Little Shop of Stories were incredibly accommodating and supportive - thanks guys!
     The show will be up through Memorial Day weekend and the week following, so stop by!
Here are the attending illustrators with their work...
Shadra Strickland with work from her new title WHITE WATER. She also shared work from A PLACE WHERE HURRICANES HAPPEN.


Mark Braught shared work from P IS FOR PEACH, COSMO'S MOON, and, DEAR BABY I'M WATCHING OVER YOU . He also represented his wife's work (who couldn't attend). To his left are works by Laura Knorr from the books A ISN'T FOR FOX and THE LEGEND OF PAPA NOEL.


And finally, Elizabeth Dulemba shared works from THE 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS IN GEORGIA and SOAP, SOAP, SOAP ~ JABON, JABON, JABON.


2011 Gallery Show

Hi All,
The Decatur Art Festival is nigh - Memorial Day weekend to be exact. If you'd like to participate in the 4th Annual Gallery show this year, I need to hear from you! Here's the low-down:

The 4th Annual
Children's Book Illustrator's Show
hosted by Little Shop of Stories
and the
SCBWI Southern Breeze

Who: Open to all PAL (traditionally published) members of the SCBWI Southern Breeze region (AL, GA & MS).
If you are not yet a member of SCBWI, you can join at: http://www.scbwi.org.

What: Deliver one piece of fully framed, ready-to-hang (with wire - important!) art from an accompanying
traditionally published, currently available for purchase, picture book.
Please include an index-sized card to accompany art with the following information:
Book Title:
Author, Publisher:
Website, illustration medium or other information
Price if available for sale, or details about available prints.
(25% of any sales made during the event will go to the gallery
at Little Shop of Stories and to Southern Breeze total.)

When: ArtWalk Reception, Friday, May 27, 2011, 5 to 9 PM.
Please feel free to invite guests and be available for
book signings during opening night - it's usually a big crowd.
Decatur Arts Festival, May 27th - 29th
Memorial Day Weekend
Show, May 27th - June 5th

Where: Little Shop of Stories
133 East Court Square
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 373-6300

How: Artwork must be delivered to Little Shop of Stories between
May 22nd and May 27th, 2008, 10am - 8pm,
and picked up June 6th, 10am - 8pm.
Mailed artwork must arrive in the same time period and include
proper pre-paid packaging for its return shipping.

NOW: If you intend to participate, email Elizabeth Dulemba, SCBWI
Southern Breeze Illustration Coordinator, at elizabeth at dulemba dot com
by April 25th with the following information:
Size of framed illustration:
Name of accompanying book (must be available for ordering
by Little Shop of Stories):

VOLUNTEERS will be needed to help set up and take down the show.
Friday, May 27 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm and again
Sunday, June 5th from 12:00 - 2:00 pm.
It's a big job, so please don't make us ladies work alone!

Thanks y'all!
Elizabeth O. Dulemba: http://dulemba.com
SCBWI Southern Breeze Illustration Coordinator:


Southern Breeze Poetry Weekend

If any of you are poets, you may be of interested in the upcoming retreat "Diving into Poetry" with Rebecca Kai Dotlich June 10-12, 2011 at the Center for New Beginnings in Dahlonega, Georgia. Our region is sponsoring the event, and it is being coordinated by Robyn Hood Black. The weekend is only $295 and includes tuition, lodging, meals prepared by a gourmet chef AND an individual critique with Rebecca (provided you get your manuscript in by April 25). There are only 11 spots left. visit Robyn's blog for more information.


One Illustrator's Take...

One Illustrator's Take n the SCBWI Southern Breeze Springmingle Conference 2011 in Atlanta
by Shanda McCloskey

Before last weekend I merely called myself a mommy who was trying to be an illustrator. By the last day of the conference, I left for home calling myself an illustrator and believing it too.

It especially resonated with me when author Lindsey Leavitt spoke on writing and illustrating as one of your jobs. She spoke about respecting the time spent with your art even though there may be no money coming from it, and you may have many other responsibilities. But only when you respect your art as your job will you be moving forward, growing, and putting yourself in opportunity’s path.

Meeting E.B. Lewis was an experience I will not forget! This award-winning illustrator was funny, personal, and an excellent teacher. He explained the structure of a killer portfolio as a “post and rail” fence and preached the importance of having a distinct voice in our work. My brain was overflowing with his many tips by the end of the group critique!

I was also lucky enough to have a formal portfolio review with E. B. Lewis. This was my very first formal critique, and I was amazed at how he just glanced at my work and had specific things to say about improving my craft and finding my voice.

I must say that the jelly on my toast was the friendships I made with other illustrators and writers! I felt I belonged to an entire family of storytellers.

The conference continued with insight from Sarah Davies, Katie Carella, and Erin Clark about agents, work-for-hire opportunities, and again… voice. E. B. Lewis said it beautifully: “You become an artist when you have something to say.”

Shanda's portfolio (photograph by Sandy Fry, used with permission):


Cricket and Cobblestone are taking submissions

Cricket Magazine Group and Cobblestone Publishing are looking for writers of every level of experience! The "bug " line (LADYBUG, CRICKET, SPIDER, BABYBUG, and CICADA) accepts unsolicited manuscripts; the history and cultures group (COBBLESTONE, ODYSSEY, FACES, CALLIOPE, DIG, and APPLESEEDS) selects articles by detailed query letter and is also interested in illustrator submissions; the science and ideas titles (CLICK, ASK, and MUSE) seek writers with subject expertise and request a resume and several writing samples.

For details, please visit www.cricketmag.com/guidelines. Join the Facebook pages for updates: www.facebook.com/cobblestone.publishing and www.facebook.com/cricketmag.

Note: You do need to know Cricket is very slow with their payments right now, reliable, but slow.


Springmingle is coming!

This year's annual Springmingle conference is February 25 - 27th. CLICK HERE for more information and to register.


Golden Kite, Golden Dreams Exhibit coming to Mississippi!

Hello Breezers! We have wonderful news - not only is SCBWI Board member and award winning illustrator David Diaz speaking at the upcoming Mississippi Children's Book Festival (details at http://www.usm.edu/bookfest/) but the De Grummond Collection has secured the Golden Kite, Golden Dreams exhibit for display during the festival and he has agreed to take us on a tour of the exhibit! David curated the collection, and it should be an entertaining and enlightening event, April 6-8th in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.