Monday, October 20, 2008

SCBWI Southern Breeze Conference

I just got back yesterday from the SCBWI Southern Breeze Conference in Birmingham, and it was a blast. This was my first conference and I was amazed at how friendly everyone was! I knew I would learn a lot, but wow!!! I'm still reviewing my notes and soaking it in... a truly wonderful experience.

I also had the pleasure of meeting some super illustrators at the conference, one of whom I had spoken with via email but never met. If it had not been for Elizabeth Dulemba, I would not have made it to this conference. She had recommended SCBWI earlier in the year so I really owe her a lot! Thank you Elizabeth! Check out her blog and her wonderful illustrations in the book "Paco and the Giant Chile Bean Plant." Better yet, buy the book! I did and it's one of my favorites!

I also met Liz Conrad, a fabulous illustrator who works using collage (If you read this Liz, I hope I'm defining your work properly) It was so wonderful getting to meet her and see her originals in person! Her work is the kind I could study for hours... such delightful patterns, textures, and expression, all inviting you into the story.

I also had a portfolio critique with Laurent Linn, Art Director for Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. I'll NEVER forget it. He offered such a clear direction for my work and his passion for the industry shows so much you feel it yourself! It was truly an honor to speak with him.


And as if being in the presence of so many talented people, and learning the secrets of the trade wasn't enough, my entry for the Southern Breeze Illustration contest won first place! As you can imagine, I was really in a state of shock all weekend.

12 comments:

Katie said...

Congratulations. I was wondering who the winners were. At least now I know who won first place. I submitted an illustration. I was so hurried to finish it though, and really felt in my heart it wasn't good enough. Keep up the wonderful work. Maybe I'll get there some day. What an accomplishment. You should be very proud. I also wanted to go to the conference, but just didn't have the money. Oh well, maybe next year.

Kristi Valiant said...

Congrats Anthony! I adore your work, and I'm not surprised you won. Well done.

Christina Ann Rodriguez said...

Congratulations on first place!! I agree with Kristi and am not at all surprised...I bet most people enjoy your work as much as I do!

Jennifer said...

I'm sure not in a state of shock that you won first place, If I would've been there I would've been one of the ones voting for you! congrats, that's awesome! If you ever visit Utah, you'll have to attend the Writers and Illustrators conference at UVU. It's sometime during the Spring or Summer.

kathy hare said...

congratulations Anthony, your work is wonderful, you deserve it! :)

AWells said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you!

Kelly Light said...

You have achieved lift-off, Anthony - I know you're gonna soar to the moon and beyond! - Congratulations - K

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thank you very much everyone!!! Your support is GREATLY appreciated!

You don't know how much this means to me :)

-anthony

Phyllis Harris said...

Yay! I knew you would win!!

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Hi Phyllis! I remember sitting there repeating, "I hope Phyllis was right.. I hope Phyllis was right" :)

-J.Meyer said...

LOVE the dog and the girl. Wonderful piece. Glad you had a great time at the conference.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thanks Jennifer!