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SCBWI-L.A. Art Directors' Day

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Los Angeles

Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM (PST)

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15 Minute Portfolio Review - Limited Number Available
15 minute portfolio review by a published illustrator. You must be registered for the event to purchase a portfolio review.
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Vegetarian Lunch Ended Free $0.00
Gluten-Free Lunch
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The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Los Angeles presents



Saturday, November 9th

Spend a day with four Art Directors and an Agent. 

Enter your portfolio (and a picture book dummy, if you have one) for a chance to win a 30 minute one-on-one with an Art Director or Agent.

Each Art Director/Agent will choose six portfolios for a personal one-on-one 30 minute review. 

Each Art Director/Agent will also choose one Professional Choice winner out of those six portfolios.

The Professional Choice winners receive free tuition to the next L.A. region Illustrator event (Nov 2015) or to one of the days of Writer's Days (March 22-23, 2014.) The People's Choice winner will receive 50% off the tuition to the next L.A. region Illustrator event (Nov 2015) or to one of the days of Writer's Days (March 22-23, 2014.)



Isabel Warren-Lynch, Executive Art Director, Random House Children's Books

THE EMOTIONAL CONNECTION: Looking at how your illustrations connect with the text and the readers.

I have had the pleasure of working in children's books since 1980 starting as a designer at E.P. Dutton, where I used to pass by the original Winnie-the-Pooh in our lobby every day. At Dutton I learned excellence in trade publishing book design and fine-tuned my color-correcting skills. 

In 1985 I was introduced to mass market formats; licensed characters, coloring & activity books; books with wheels, that made noise, had fur and popped-up as the Art Director at Grosset & Dunlap.

In 1991 I returned to trade publishing at Random House as the Art Director for Crown Books for Young Readers. My job has expanded over the last 22 years and now our group of 10 designers works on over 300 books a year for Random House imprints that include Knopf, Delacorte, Wendy Lamb Books, the Ember and Dragonfly paperback lines. As Executive Art Director, I have had the opportunity to work with the best editors and some of the most exciting authors and illustrators in the business.


Lauren Rille, Associate Art Director, Simon & Schuster

"A Look Behind the Book: The ins-and-outs-and-in-betweens of the picture book process, from start to finish" Lauren will illuminate the bookmaking process, from acquisition and illustrator pairing to sketches and final art--and all the fun in between.

Lauren Rille is an Associate Art Director at Simon & Schuster, where she works with the Beach Lane, Atheneum, and McElderry imprints. Before joining S&S, Lauren was a designer at Sterling and Harcourt Children’s Books. Some books she’s designed include  Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff; Crafty Chloe by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by Heather Ross, Underground by Denise Flemming; The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins, illustrated by Jill McElmurry, and the New York Times bestselling Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow. Lauren loves the collaborative process of working with editors and illustrators, and she’s always on the lookout for fresh new talent.


Jen Lum, Art Coordinator, Learning A-Z

Maximizing Your "Net" Gain: An Art Director's Perspective on Presenting Yourself Online Effectively

Jen Lum is an art coordinator with Learning A-Z, an educational publishing company based out of Tucson, AZ that produces online teaching materials for the elementary classroom including printable books, lessons, worksheets, and other resources. Amid the chaos of art directing about 50 books per year, the best part of her job is being an advocate for artists and encouraging their creativity. She has spent the past seven years steeped in visual storytelling, having previously worked in graphic design and newspapers. http://www.learninga-z.com


Ellen Mendlow, Vice President - Content, Auryn

(Forget your troubles )  C'mon Get Appy...
In which our heroine shares insights into the (not so) mysterious world of tablet-based storytelling, shares some of Auryn's latest apps, and answers questions from the illustrious crowd.

Ellen has enjoyed a multifaceted career playing the role of publisher, editorial director, and content producer  in both new and traditional media and across multiple domains. Currently she is VP, Content at Auryn where she focuses on discovering fantastic creative partners for Auryn's award-winning storybook and creative apps for kids. At various points in her eclectic career Ellen has served as content producer and creative partner to well-regarded publishers, animation producers, art directors, artists and authors alike. Ellen's story begins at illustrated book producer Welcome Enterprises where she worked as project director on traditional illustrated titles (for Disney/Pixar/Hyperion, STC, Abrams, and others) and includes several chapters working on pioneer projects on the web at Euro RSCG Circle, WNET (New York's PBS flagship station) where she led  development of early stage social media experiments and standalone digital projects in art history, cosmology and other far ranging topics. She spent several years in educational publishing before returning  to her roots in animation and illustrated storytelling at Auryn where she fosters relationships with wonderful creative partners such as Barney Salzberg, Chronicle Books, Michael Hearst, the Henson Company and more. http://www.auryn.com 


Kelly Sonnack, Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency

How to catch an Agent/Editor/Art Director's attention with your portfolio

Kelly represents writers and illustrators of children's literature. Some of the illustrators she represents include James Burks, illustrator of THE MONSTORE (Aladdin/S&S), and creator of the graphic novel BIRD AND SQUIRREL: ON THE RUN! (Graphix/Scholastic); Joy Ang, illustrator of MUSTACHE BABY and HULLABALOO (both Clarion/HMH); Lesley Vamos, illustrator of MY DAD IS A SUPERHERO (Hardie Grant/Egmont); and Sam Zuppardi, illustrator of the middle-grade series THE MISADVENTURES OF EDGAR AND ALLAN POE (Viking/Penguin) and the author/illustrator of THE NOWHERE BOX (Candlewick). http://www.andreabrownlit.com



Featured Illustrator

Cliff Cramp

 STORY, STORY, STORY - conveyed through vantage point, focal point, composition.

Cliff Cramp's illustration work spans a wide range of genres in the entertainment industry; including background painting for animation, storyboard and visual development art for feature film, CD / DVD cover art, board games, editorial and book illustration. His paintings have been exhibited in many international juried competitions. Cliff's clients have included LucasFilms, 20th Century Fox, United Artists, Hollywood Records, Nickelodeon TV Animation, Disney Entertainment, Penguin Books, Philomel Books, Ingram Micro, Dik Entertainment, Menagerie Creative and more.

 His illustrations can be seen on covers such as Lucasflims/ 20th Century Fox Star Wars: The Complete Saga on Blu Ray, Star Wars: Episodes 1 2 3 on Blu Ray, Star Wars: Episodes 4 5 6 on Blu Ray, Hollywood Records Plain White T's Wonders of The Younger CD, 20th Century Fox Marilyn Monroe Special Anniversary Collection, and many more. His work has also been featured in Corel Painter 11 and 12. 

In the year, 2000, a studio fire destroyed more than ten years of artwork. After the fire, Cliff switched to digital painting media for much of his illustration assignment work. He has received award-winning status on CGTalk, the largest online community of professional illustrators using digital media. Cliff continues his freelance career while serving as area coordinator for the illustration program at California State University Fullerton. He instructs illustration courses in traditional and digital media. 

Cliff's artistic influences include John Singer Sargent, Howard Pyle, Harvey Dunn, NC Wyeth, James Montgomery Flagg, and Dean Cornwell. His contemporary influences are too numerous to list.

Cliff enjoys old things; old cars which he likes to tinker on, old houses which he would like to live in some day, old furniture which he likes to restore, and elderly people who he enjoys talking with. He lives with his wonderful wife and two energetic boys in sunny Southern California. http://www.cliffcramp.com


Keynote presentations, portfolio contest, portfolio reviews and more!

Registration opens at 8 am.

Portfolio contest begins at 8:40 am.

More details and faculty information coming.


Enrollment is limited. Buffet lunch included.


To pay by check - Click on Show Other Payment Options under the Order Now button. 


The Fine Print:


Current SCBWI Membership will be verified. If your membership is not current and you have signed up as a member, you will be given the option of renewing your membership or paying the Non-Member price.


If this event is not sold out, you may register at the door; however, only cash and checks are accepted at the door.


Wait List: If a ticket sells out, you may be put on a wait list. E-mail your request to sarah.laurenson@gmail.com Please include the exact ticket description, your mailing address and your phone number in your request.


Please note: no refund after October 15, 2013. $15 charge for refund before October 15, 2013. To ask for a refund, e-mail your refund request and a copy of your registration ticket to sarah.laurenson@gmail.com Please include your mailing address in your request. 

Have questions about SCBWI-L.A. Art Directors' Day? Contact Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Los Angeles

When & Where

Clairbourn School
8400 Huntington Dr
San Gabriel, CA 91775

Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 5:30 PM (PST)

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