- Gay McKinnon
- Hello, and welcome to my art blog from Tasmania, Australia. I've spent time as a plant geneticist, teacher's assistant, painter, glass artist and book illustrator. I'm usually in the studio, the classroom or the lab. If you'd like to see more, please try the links to my folio page or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
SCBWI and Taronga Park Zoo
There's no rest for the wicked. I've just come back from my second conference this month on children's book writing and illustration - the Sydney meeting of SCBWI (the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, known affectionately as Squibby). SCBWI has about 23000 members world-wide, but there weren't 23000 people at the meeting, because it was the local Australian and New Zealand conference. However, it was a large and friendly gathering and I'm extremely glad I went. So much happened in the two days that I can't possibly record it all here, but in a few weeks all the news will be on the official website (click here). Highlights for me included meeting numerous wonderful writers and illustrators, hearing talks by editors & publishers on the business side of creating children's books, and learning about grants and mentorships. During a bit of down time before the welcome dinner, I went to Taronga Park Zoo to see the critters. These are a few samples...
... and, I'll post soon what I learnt on creating characters at the Leigh Hobbs and Dave Hackett workshops at CYA earlier in the month.