Friday, May 26, 2006
Monday, May 01, 2006
Some of the fantastic people I got to know from left to right: Jenn Merz, Amalia Hoffman, Ron Chironna, Elizabeth Dulemba, Beth Jones, Barb Eveleth, Stephanie Ruble, Karen Lee (me), and reclining in front Inga Poslitur. What a dynamic group!
The event was held at the Society of Illustrators. The art from this year's award winners was on display in the gallery. They were spectacular. There is nothing quite like viewing an original piece of art. There was art everywhere, of course, and a turn down one of the narrow hallways might reveal a Saturday Evening Post J. C . Leyendecker original, or a James Montgomery Flagg poster.
As illustrators arrived and prepared for their portfolio or dummy reviews we were able to introduce ourselves, share our art as we smoothed our jangled nerves and travel wrinkled clothes. I sat down with Nicole Tugeau, of Tugeau2. She is a lovely young woman and she had some very constructive and encouraging comments about my portfolio. After a quick lunch down the street with some on-line-friends-made-real (what an amazing era we live in that we can get to know someone without ever hearing their voice or looking into their eyes) the speakers began their presentations. Ed Young showed us an animated short film made from his picture book Lon Po Po. It was unfortunately very difficult for all 125 attendees to see this on the small monitor they provided. Ed showed us his groundwork with many sketches and thumbnails and his unique approach to page design employing roughly cut paper to indicate major masses, this time slides on a large screen. He is a delight.
Long time animator Jerry Leiberman shared his work next, followed by a panel discussion. Art Director Lily Malcom from Dial, Ed Necarsulmer IV of McIntosh and Otis, and Michelle Burke, an editor with Dutton answered question about the current market moderated by the electrifying Robert Sabuda. I think we all wished to hear more from Robert Sabuda. After the panel we visited the life and work of author/illustrator Paulette Bogan on slides.
Once the business of the conference was over we were all able to mingle and share again as the portfolios that had been on exhibit for qualified art buyers all day were picked up. I met so many wonderful people, many I that I met through the internet before this event. A dinner at a wonderful restaurant with nine other artists was organized by talented illustrator Ron Chironna.