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.



Summer hasn’t been the slow, lazy days we read about in books. Instead it’s been a different kind of busy. In spite of that, I hope you’ve had a chance to do some personal work, and create something fun for our Illustration Contest prompt “for Halloween, PJ ________.”  The deadline is this weekend, so wrap it up. Stop tweaking. And get to the post office. In case you need a reminder, here’s the submission guidelines:

  • Please don't put any identifying information on the artwork. It is judged anonymously.
  • Complete the phrase on the front or back of the illustration and on your cover letter. You can fill in the blank with any word(s) you choose – up to 10.
  • Write on the back of your entry the type of media used. Open to all media.
  • Please submit a low resolution (72 dpi) digital copy of your entry to Heather Montgomery, Assistant Regional Advisor: sipsey21@hotmail.com
  • Please send 2 high resolution, color copies of your illustration on 8.5"x11" photo-quality paper.
  • Please do not send your original.
  • All entries must be created proportionate to 8.5"x11" but can of portrait or landscape orientation.
  • Please include a cover letter with your name, contact information and your illustration's written prompt.
  • To receive  your scoring sheet with judge's comments and notification of the list of winners, please include a self-addressed, stamped #10 envelope.
If you need to go over the complete list of contest rules and guidelines, click here.

Good Luck Everyone!


Call for Artists

The Georgia Council for the Arts has a call for artists going on right now for "an exhibit that will showcase current work of contemporary artists and hang in the executive offices of the State Capitol. Work is being sought from Georgia artists, ages 18 and up, who currently live in the Cobb, Dekalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett Counties. The deadline to submit entries is June 7, 2013. Selected work will be on display from August through January. Attached is the PDF version of the information.

This is an important way to showcase and raise awareness for the work of contemporary Georgia artists at the Capitol so we here at GCA would like to ask for your help in getting the word out to local artists because we have not had as much of a response as we would expect from the metro area."

Check the website for more details! Cheers,
Elizabeth O. Dulemba
Illustrator Coordinator for the
SCBWI Southern Breeze (AL, GA, FL panhandle)


2013 SCBWI Southern Breeze Gallery Show!

Friday night was opening night for our 2013 Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Southern Breeze (Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi) Gallery Show hosted at the Decatur Library by the Georgia Center for the Book during the Decatur Arts Festival opening ArtWalk. We had ten artists showing their work in this year's show: Prescott Hill; Jill Dubin; Yours truly, Elizabeth Dulemba; Laura Freeman; Mark Braught; Laura Knorr (Braught); Bill Mayer; Susan Nees; and Sarah Frances Hardy.
     Many of the artists and their spouses were in attendance for opening night. (Click to see larger.) From the left is: Scott Nees; Susan Nees; Lisa Michaels - wife to Prescott Hill; Laura Freeman; me; Joe Davich of the Georgia Center for the Book; Bill Mayer; Amy Schimler; Lee Mayer, Mark Braught; and my hubbie Stan.

Each art piece was accompanied by its corresponding book title and it came together beautifully...

     Our opening night was a blast, catered by Badda Bing. We did a sketch challenge - each illustrator draws a few lines adding to an illustration that ends up being... well, that's anybody's guess!

When we finished with the challenge, two young attendees decided to do their own challenge... so cute.

I tried to do a better job with photos this year—so here are the illustrators with their work...
Amy Schimler...

Bill Mayer (who apparently always takes photos like this...)
Laura Freeman...

Mark Braught... (Unfortunately, his wife Laura couldn't make it to pose with her pieces...)

Prescott with his wife, Lisa...

Susan, celebrating her first time in the show...

And me, who apparently can't stay still long enough for her picture to be taken...

Not that I was the only goof that night...

     Afterwards we went to Colbeh Persian restaurant for a fun-filled fall apart. What a great time! Peeps, good art, good food, and general mayhem - what could be better?
     The intent of the show is to impart the idea that book art is art and that the children's books you enjoy are indeed works of art—performance art, which is not fully realized until being enjoyed by a reader.
     And while opening night is a blast - the real treasure is after we leave and the show is enjoyed by thousands of library patrons as they wander through. Stan and I went back the next day and were privy to some of the wonderful comments and interest in just the short time we were there.
     We're so grateful to the Decatur Library and the Georgia Center for the Book—the library is the perfect place to host our show!


Illustrator Video Studio Tours

SCBWI picked up on our idea of Video Studio Tours (great ideas seem to float through the universe like that), and they've made some official SCBWI videos I think you'll find educational. They are:

Paul Schmid:

Julie Paschkis:

Mike Cressy:

Kathleen Kemly:


Children's Book Week!

Today kicks of the 94th annual Children's Book Week, May 13-19, hosted by the Children's Book Council. The lovely poster is illustrated by Brian Selznick and is free to schools and libraries. CLICK HERE for more information!


Sketch-Book Event - Little Creek Farm

The next Sketch-Book Event is scheduled for Saturday, May 4 at 10:00am. This time out we'll have live models. . . horses! Our next location will take place at the Little Creek Farm Conservancy at 2057 Lawrenceville Hwy., Decatur, GA 30033. This is a free event. Make sure you RSVP to michael at austinillustration dot com.


Fox Theater Sketch Book Event Wrap-Up

On March 9th, 13 Breezer illustrators (and one writer) visited the fabulous Fox Theater in Atlanta, on our second Artists’ Date. We brought sketchbooks and cameras, and spent two luxurious hours soaking in the atmosphere. The historic Fox Theater was originally built as a Shriner’s temple in the late 1920s and the interior is described as a masterpiece of trompe l’oeil. There are false balconies, beams, and tents, as well as ornate grillwork, lamps, phone booths, closets, and doors. No item, even the most practical, has been left unadorned. It was truly a feast for the eyes. We visited different areas within the auditorium, as well as the lobbies, restrooms, back hallway, and the Egyptian Ballroom. Afterwards at lunch in a nearby restaurant, the illustrators passed around their sketchbooks – sharing the morning’s inspirations. Below are some sketches from the day. Can't wait for the next Artists' Date!

Lisa Lowe Stauffer

Jan Clifton Watford also did a nice write up on her blog - CLICK HERE TO READ.

Heather Ozee's sketches:

Jan Clifton Watford's sketches:

Leighanne Schneider's sketches:

Never Quit, by Denise Plauché

More on our wonderful 2013 Illustrators' Day...

     That's a quote—and tip—I take to heart from illustrator Will Terry, who spoke recently at the SCBWI Southern Breeze Illustrators’ Day during Springmingle in February. It has taken many years of yearning and indecision before finally pursuing a career in illustration, and I can thank such encouragement from others for my commitment to stay the course.
     It was an eye-opening and rewarding experience to be able to show my portfolio to the distinguished professionals and to view those of fellow illustrators in attendance at the conference. I took away lots to think about regarding career directions as well as how my work may develop. The illustrious speakers and the officers and volunteers of Southern Breeze deserve a hearty and appreciative thank you for producing such an information-packed event. This was the first SCBWI conference I have attended, and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting several members of Southern Breeze. I look forward to seeing them again at future conferences and events!
     While I did not have the pleasure of knowing Liz Conrad in her lifetime, what I have learned is that “never quit” can be used to describe her tenacity for life in the face of great adversity. One can but admire and want to emulate the courage and work ethic that enabled her to pursue her greatest passion throughout all her days. As a graduate student on a budget, I was very fortunate to attend the 2013 Springmingle weekend on the scholarship made possible by the family and friends of Liz Conrad. It is a privilege and a great honor. Thank you so much for your generosity!

Denise Plauché


2013 Illustrators' Day Wrap-Up by Christina Ebert-Klaven

“Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.” While this quote comes from an economist, it’s also an important mindset for artists, as we learned at Illustrators’ Day 2013! In an event packed with presentations by industry pros and topped off with a fabulous cocktail party hosted by Binders Art Supply, attendees benefited from a jump start to their creativity and were reminded that it’s critical in today’s world to be entrepreneurs in addition to being illustrators. Many fresh ideas came from Chad Beckerman, Art Director at Abrams Books for Young Readers, and illustrator extraordinaire Will Terry. Chad and Will provided eye-opening and innovative ideas such as promoting your work on the photo sharing app Instagram or using the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter.com to finance a self-published book concept.
      Adding to the inspiring presentations, illustrator Mark Braught discussed the mentorship project he supervised. Each illustrator selected one item from each of three lists – places, time periods and animals – and created an environment that communicated how the illustrator perceived him or herself. Mark’s students were invited to the front to show their finished pieces and field questions.
      Last but not least, Dianne Hess (Executive Editor at Scholastic Press) joined everyone for a review of attendees’ self-promotional items and portfolios. Everyone benefitted from the constructive criticism provided by our experts.
     Illustrators’ Day left us all anticipating the next great event! Many thanks to our Southern Breeze Illustrator Coordinator Elizabeth Dulemba and Assistant Coordinator Kathleen Bradshaw for making these events happen.

Photos of the event: