Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Cloud 9

This past weekend I attended the Society of Children's Book Writer's and Illustrators working conference in Austin, and what an amazing two days. I've been attending this conference, as well as the SCBWI Houston conference every year since 2013. Each experience has been unique and an integral part of my illustration journey. I have gleaned so much from the numerous authors, illustrators, editors, art directors, and agents that share their knowledge at these conferences. I've also found a wonderful community of authors and illustrators who are a great source of encouragement and inspiration.

This year I left the conference on cloud nine. Not only did I come away with a head chock full of new ideas, but I also took home the grand prize in the portfolio showcase! I am beyond excited and want to say a huge thank you to the judges, Candlewick Art Director Kristen Nobles, and Caldecott winning author/illustrator Molly Idle, for awarding me with such an honor, especially in a region that is full of extremely talented illustrators. So thank you, thank you, thank you.

And now it's back to the drawing board to take everything I soaked up at the conference and let it imbue my art.

nessa dee


Eileen Manes said...

Well deserved! I'm super stoked to have taken Fish Ice Cream home with me! :)

Nessa Dee said...

Thanks so much, Eileen! And congrats on your win! I hope you enjoy Fish Ice Cream!

Kristi Valiant said...

Congrats and well-deserved! Great textures and colors in your portfolio. SCBWI is a wonderful family, huh?

Nessa Dee said...

Thank you, Kristi! SCBWI is wonderful! I'm so glad my mom convinced me to attend a conference with her 5 years ago. It opened up a whole new world to me!