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HOW IN THE WORLD COULD ANYTHING HAPPEN OVER
3 DAYS THAT COULD BE WORTH THIS KIND OF MONEY?!
flash forward to the end of day two - where I realized that if Sunday's half day of lectures resulted in not one single nugget of knowledge that I would totally feel like I got my money's worth. Wild, huh?
So while this was my first conference it is most definitely not my last.
- Always do personal work
- When it comes to the way you work and what you do don't be afraid to break rules
- Brainstorm with words
During the second half of the workshop we showed our work and then brainstormed words. We made charts of descriptions that we associate with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. We brainstormed about birthday parties too. It was an odd experience for me because I NEVER work that way.
Afterward, Lisa had us brainstorm words by ourselves about the Wicked Queen. Instead of sharing those words with the group, we were told to take 10 minutes to create a new illustration using our brainstorming to show what would happen if a party for one of the characters was crashed by Snow White's evil step mother.
Here's what I came up with:
The words I mind-stormed were:
Apples, Poison, Deceit, Mean, Hidden, Hide, Costumed, Mean, Selfish, Conniving.
The things I thought my blog readers would really appreciate that I heard during Lisa's discussion were:
- Your style is like your handwriting, as long as you draw daily and work diligently, it'll present itself.
- Ask yourself about your art. Wonder if it should be curved, on a diagonal, if the perspective should be extreme or if the book can best be served with a simplistic line.
- Put yourself into a book as much as you can.
- A manuscript is like going to a party, enhance it without hijacking it.
"If you don't realize that every book needs a little bit of humor, you're kidding yourself."
By lunchtime my brain was swimming with inspiration and new ideas and now it's a bit too much to blog about the rest of the day. In true Scarlet O'Hara fashion, I'll think about that tomorrow. Check back to hear about Kevin Hawkes' perspective later this week.