Sunday, July 17, 2011

Illustrator's Intensive with Laurent Linn of Simon & Schuster Publishing

SCBWI-WI hosted an Illustrator's Intensive on Saturday, June 25, 2011, with Laurent Linn, Art Director at Simon & Schuster Publishing. This was an opportunity for our illustrators to experience a shorter, faster version of the basic process an illustrator and art director go through to create a real picture book.

Each artist chose a 2-page spread from one of two supplied picture book manuscripts, created character sketches and submitted a final sketch to Laurent. He sent back insightful and inspiring comments on those sketches, just as if it were an actual job.

That's when the real learning started. Each illustrator presented their character sketches, original sketch and final illustration at the workshop. The illustrations were amazing! And it was interesting to see pieces of the same story presented in so many unique ways. At the end of the day we got to see what the actual published books look like.

This workshop was a great opportunity to learn from Laurent. He is kind, generous and really knows the business of children's illustration. We all came away with a better idea of what it's like in the real world of an art director.

Check out the Events page to see some of the sketches and final illustrations. You may be surprised to see how different many of the final illustrations are from their original sketches.

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