Blog Post – 08.06.2018  

| SCBWI 47th Annual Summer Conference – Portfolio Showcase – 2018 |
This was my first time attending a full SCBWI conference and entering my illustration portfolio in their showcase.  For those of you who have never heard of SCBWI, it stands for Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators.  SCBWI is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and the only professional organization specifically for individuals who write and illustrate for children and young adults.  Every summer they hold a 4 day conference in Los Angeles.
The first word that comes to mind about the conference is FRIENDLY.  I can’t remember the last time I’ve walked around and had every single person return a smile.  Or when I sat down and was immediately engaged in conversation. This was especially nice since I knew absolutely no one attending.
Although I’ve illustrated two published books, I was fresh on the scene.  Those two books were published a long time ago and since then I’ve been painting for galleries and working as a 2D/3D Digital Artist in the animation industry.
Every key note speaker, workshop and panel discussion offered many nuggets of great information.  I have notes scribbled over every handout, in every margin, and throughout my sketchbook. I’ll need a week just to sort through it all.
The portfolio showcase was full of amazing talent!  CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of various illustration awards: Gail Buschman, Chad Hunter, Erin Balzer, Zahara Marwan, Sara Gavryck-Ji, and Michelle Mee Nutter.
Ultimately, the BIG take away for me, is to ask myself the difficult questions and find the “heart” of the stories I want to tell.  Yes, I’m an illustrator, but realize I am also a storyteller and really enjoy finding creative and meaningful ways to tell a story….whether they are my stories or not. I’m looking forward to exploring the various ways to do that!
To see my CHILDREN’S BOOK PORTFOLIO  click my illustration of a bumble bee below! 
Storytime / 6 x 8 in / ink , acrylic, Rice Paper on wood /  ©2018 Andrea Yomtob


SCBWI summer conference TWITTER hashtag #LA18SCBWI.