Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Illustrator Intensive Agenda (June 15, 2018)

       Nancy Brennan, Art Director, Penguin Random House

and Floyd Cooper, Author/Illustrator



9:00–9:30 a.m.: Introductions

9:30–10:30 a.m.: Nancy

What Where and How—Finding the Perfect Pictures to Match the Words: We’ll discuss what an Art Director is looking for, and how they look to find the best illustrator for the job.

10:30–10:40 a.m.: Q&A

10:40–10:50 a.m.: Break

10:50–11:50 a.m.: Floyd

Power-Ups for the Illustrator: The Tooling of the Picture Book. We will explore the resources the artist has to build emotion and connection with composition, scale, pagination and sequence.  I will show the way I work.

11:50–noon a.m.: Q&A

Noon–1:00 p.m.: LUNCH

1:00–2:00 p.m.: Floyd and Nancy: Critique of Homework assignments

2:00–3:00 p.m.: Nancy

Unraveling the Cover Process: When to start thinking about your cover art, and how to follow the crazy path leading to a final that everyone is happy with.

3:00–3:15 p.m.: Break

3:15–4:15 p.m.: Floyd

Coached character/figure drawing session: Tips to strengthen your skills. Capture gesture, expressiveness, personality, and likeness.  (Check back to see what sketching supplies to bring. )

4:15–5:00 p.m.: Q&A