This post is to my illustrator friends, in case you are unfamiliar with the acronym SCBWI is stands for society of children’s book writers and illustrators. I had the opportunity this past weekend to go to their international conference in New York and I just wanted to share some of the things I learned there. And tell you if it was worth going.
The first theme that I noticed was to keep trying and be optimistic. I heard from many accomplished artists and Illustrators. They shared about their successes and some about their failures hear are some of the things mentioned
Mo Williams once had 90 rejection letters in 90 days and was told to stop drawing.
Barbra McClintock said that you will be rejected 9 times out of ten, but to just do what it takes and keep going.
Shawn Tan advised every one to set up an environment with encouraging people. Also to avoid discouragement. Always stay in a delusional bubble where you think every thing your doing is awesome!
Also I heard many times to get over your fears and be bold. Don't be afraid to fail.
I will be doing more posts over the next couple days that will cover portfolio's and what art directors look for, mailers and getting over artist block.