I drove down to Austin today to meet with a group of fellow illustrators planning to attend the SCBWI conference in a few weeks. It was a chance for everyone who was going to show their portfolios to get critiqued before the big day. I'm so very glad I went!
First, it was nice to renew a few acquaintances. Two years ago I attended a children's illustration class at the Art Center in Austin. Although I had to drive three hours each week to go to that class, I felt validated by the fact that I was so happy. Anyway, the instructor Mark Mitchell (who is an amazing historical fiction artist!) and Amy (a member of the class with a other-worldly, watercolor style) were there, and it was nice to know a few people.
Not that the whole group wasn't lovely. I had fun getting to know Christy Stallop (who was the organizer of the mini event and just fun to listen to!) and Clint (amazing digital work-cinematic), Martin (great comic style) and Sarah (who has a fun, whimsical style and a picture book that just came out!). Everyone was very positive and gave great feedback.
I was glad that some of my favorite pieces were the ones picked out by the other critique members as their favorites. It validated my bias. ha! I did get a few suggestions on how to improve some of my pieces, and fortunately none of them are too extreme. I should have no problem touching up by the time my portfolio review rolls around in two weeks.
By then I should have something completely different to ramble on and on about on this blog! I bet you can't wait! Oh yeah, how do you like my new header? About time, huh?
*Side note: If you haven't seen this post yet, go ahead and check it out. I was drooling from all of the eye candy!*