A recent SCBWI Assignment

I’m slow getting this published, but it was a couple weekends ago I spent Saturday and Sunday in Redmond WA, at the annual Western WA Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference. As usual (OK, this was only my second year attending) it was a fantastic weekend. It was two days filled with inspirational speakers, information packed break-out sessions, critique groups and intensive workshops. It was a lot to absorb. Another plus was I was able to meet some really talented writers and illustrators that were very supportive in a new adventure for me.

One “extra” I signed up for was a workshop lead by Kristen Nobles, AD at Candlewick Press. The assignment was to give a unique take on the “Jack Be Nimble” nursery ryhme. We started with sketches submitted via email – well in advance of the conference. Then received some great feedback from Kristen. Next, updated sketches. At our Sunday afternoon workshop, we compared notes with others and saw many great solutions to the same problem. I also worked on an draft for a finished illustration (see below). Here’s the primary image and a few details. Beyond that, some sketches from the assignment too. I’ve got a long way to go with this new niche, but it’s a start!







As always, thanks so much for stopping by, and making it to the end of the post.

  1. artsychick2014 said:

    This piece takes me there! Love it!!!

  2. Sharon Mann said:

    Dennis – you concept of Jack jumping over the candle stick is magical. Your style of illustration is perfect for children’s book illustration. The very best to you.

    • Thanks Sharon, you are very kind! Much appreciate the feedback.

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