In addition to the artistic frenzy, I've had a lot of exciting events happen since my last post. One being that I got a job at a paint-and-sip studio called Canvas and Cabernet, where we teach you how to paint and drink copious amounts of wine at the same time ;). So far it's a lot of fun, and I'm hoping to be able to teach there after my 30 days are up. If you're in the area, come in and sign up for a class! www.canvascabernet.com. I also started my second new job as an art teacher for kids one night a week!
Jobs aside, my September - November is PACKED with art events. This past week, myself and twelve other AAU students/alumni got to go to Chronicle Books Publishing (http://www.chroniclebooks.com) for a tour and portfolio reviews! What an amazing opportunity that I may have never gotten otherwise, HUGE THANK YOU to my awesome former teacher/mentor Angela Dominguez (see her awesome illustrations here: http://www.andillustrations.com) for setting this up for us. The Chronicle building was AWESOME and seems like such a fun place to work, wish I could have taken pictures! Instead, here's one of my new portfolio and promo materials :)
Next was my first SCBWI San Francisco Conference! Another great learning experience, and listening to the Editor and Art Director from Chronicle and Random House, along with awesome Illustrator Melissa Sweet speak was inspirational. Also got a very helpful portfolio review from Illustrator/AAU teacher Julie Downing (check out her work here). The one picture I got is of Melissa Manlove (the editor at Chronicle who I also got to meet when we visited there) reading aloud Melissa Sweet's hilarious book "Little Red Writing".
Last but not least, yesterday I worked at a booth at the Jelly Belly Candy Palooza Fest in Fairfield. I was invited by my director at Get Out Books Susan Pace-Koch, and had my cards for sale there. It was my first experience selling my stuff at any kind of event, and I learned a lot and hopefully made a few contacts :)
Also snagged a few sketches of some characters that were running around...
Now I get to take a much needed breather before the frenzy that will be APE in two weeks. Oh and by the way, check out my brand spankin' new website! :)