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…

Picture Book Workshop with Katherine Battersby

Illustration of a cute possum ready to make a picture book

Last weekend I travelled over to Toowoomba to take part in a one day Picture Book workshop with author/illustrator Katherine Battersby.  Katherine is the creator of the adorable little Squish Rabbit picture book series, and as I could relate to creating cute little characters I knew this would be a workshop truly inspiring.

Katherine had put the day together very well.  She covered topics of the history of children’s books, and creating your own ideas into picture books from the initial idea/brainstorm all the way through to interacting with publishers.

So I was very grateful to learn a lot from the workshop to help me along my way.  My above little possum with his sketchbook emerged on my lunchbreak as I was getting motivated and inspired through the day.

Storyboard Completed for the SWARA Cartoon Workshop

All the brilliant ideas that had been created by the clients has now been finalised into a storyboard for the Faulty Wires sci-fi story comic book.  With the story now in a sequential form we can begin to create the characters and their costumes and all the artwork for the pages.  It’s planning to be a collage of photos and art.  How cool!!   

Cartoon & Creative Writing Workshop at SWARA, Brisbane

I have recently begun art & craft volunteering at SWARA.  SWARA, Sunshine Welfare & Remedial Association is a multi-diagnostic disability centre in Brisbane.  Clients here can undertake a range of exciting crafts from baking, iron work, pottery and singing and dancing to name a few.

When I started there was already some work begun on a piece of creative writing called ‘Fawlty Wires’ being a sci-fi story with a hint of comedy taking on Fawlty Towers!!  There have been some great ideas and story lines created by the clients that I am now helping to develop and arrange into a cartoon comic strip.  As you can see from the picture the sequential story has begun…!!

This is an exciting venture and can’t wait to get scene 2 drafted tomorrow..!!