Could Your Town Be Next?
Their takeaways varied, but all of our sketch crawlers and scrawlers were very glad this free SCBWI event drew them together.
Cheryl Mendenhall and Paige Billin-Frye, illustrators and friends from art school days, shared a bench, where Cheryl, who has published numerous picture books as well as magazine, and text book art, experimented with SketchBook Pro on her iPad.
Puppet patterns were the focus for Karen Whiting. Karen is the author of 19 nonfiction books, including The One Year My Princess Devotions and Faith and Courage from the Home Front, winner of the Military Writers Society of America’s gold medal. She invites everyone to join her at the first-ever Mullica Hill, NJ, book festival on June 13. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Joyce Judd sketched ideas for the founding of Maryland history she will be illustrating. She and writing partner, Ellynne Davis created Breton Bay publishing to self-publish their books, which are set in the Chesapeake area. Titles so far include Halloween Fright on a Chesapeake Night and The Chesapeake Cats and the Easter Surprise. They plan to enter in the Aviva Gittle contest. For their next book, Joyce took home photographs and studies, some of real live Marylanders, others who sprang from her imagination.
“Just being here is a gift,” said Maria Barbella, who enjoyed a break from the demands of teaching to “practice seeing” and get back in an artistic frame of mind.
Stephanie Padgett took advantage of a rare chance to sketch scenery. A lifelong artist and self-published author of Solomon Squirrel’s Amazing Chanukah Adventure, Stephanie recently joined SCBWI to continue her creative adventures and development.
Picture book writers Jeanne Ross and Regional
Co-RA Sue Peters jotted down some new ideas, and got feedback on WIPs. Jeanne, who is new to the region, visited the Tall Ship Lynx 1812, and came away with a haiku.
Sue got an on-the-spot story critique as well as vital background information on the Venus fly trap from Illustrator Coordinator Rebecca Evans. Rebecca’s son is constantly feeding the fly trap he recently bought with his 9th birthday money.
Creepy crawlies were not the main thing on Rebecca’s mind. “I just wanted a paint brush in my hand,” said the crawl organizer, who had just turned in the sketches for her upcoming picture book.
According to Rebecca, planning a sketch crawl for illustrators and writers is easy. “All I did was send an email saying, “Why don’t we meet in Annapolis on the 30th.”
Want to do a sketch crawl near your home? Scout out a locale and contact Rebecca at email@example.com
Who knows what you might bring home.