Happy Monday, everyone! Here’s some awesome information sent to me by our lovely regional illustrator coordinator, Susan Detwiler:
On Saturday, August 9, the first Group-Critique Portfolio Workshop was held in the meeting room at the Pikesville branch of the Baltimore County Public Library. Admission was free and required only an RSVP email. It was coordinated by yours truly, Susan Detwiler, and attended by members Brittanny Handiboe, Lynn Farina, Kerry G. Johnson, and Joan Boor. We spent a couple of hours sharing our portfolios one by one and giving comments, advice, and general feedback about each others’ work. It was, as Joan said, “… wonderful, encouraging, and helpful… ” I was very impressed with not only the caliber of the artwork, but also the warm atmosphere and insightful and nurturing discussions that took place. I remember fondly the gathering of illustrators I would sometimes lead at the end of past conferences to look over each others’ work and share comments and ideas about illustration — this was even better, because we were not rushed at all. We have some very talented illustrators in our region, and I hope you will all take a look at the work of these artists! And I send thanks to everyone who attended.
I hope to do this workshop again. Watch this space, and also our region’s Facebook page.
Susan Detwiler, Illustrator Coordinator MD/DE/WV SCBWI