Ringo the Possum returns home from the CYA Conference

Ringo Ringtail Possum returns home illustration

This weekend I went to the CYA Conference (Children and Young Adults Writers and Illustrators Conference) here in Brisbane. Thanks to Tina and Ally for organising.

It was great to be able to network and meet fellow creatives, and to also be able to talk to publishers and published writers/illustrators.   There were also a variety of workshops to attend to learn from the pros!  A few of the many inspirational people that I met:

Claire Craig from Pan Macmillan publishers.  It was great to meet you at the networking dinner on Friday night and chat during the main course.

Tristan Bancks who is a children’s and teen author.  We met Tristan during the desert course on Friday night.  With my beard and purple tie Tristan thought I could be a wizard!

Serena Geddes who provided a brilliant illustrator masterclass on characters.  Serena has also worked for Disney on Lion King 2 which was absolutely fascinating to listen to.  Thank you so much to Serena for looking through my portfolio – very much appreciated.

Judy Horacek held a masterclass after Serena on cartoons and illustrations.  I had heard Judy speak before at the State Library so it was exciting to be able to actually take part in her workshop.

James Foley held the third masterclass where he introduced us all to using clay to create 3D interpretations of our characters in order to create better illustrative designs of them.  I will show photos of mine in another blog post.


Looking forward to next year…

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