I was thrilled to be invited to speak at this year's Festival of Illustration by dear friends Vivian French (author) and Lucy Juckes (agent). They run PictureHooks, the organization that was one of the driving forces behind my decision to move to Scotland for my MFA and PhD. "Picture Hooks provides opportunity and development for emerging picture book illustrators." I've been a long-time supporter and fan, so it was an honor to be included in this year's line-up.
I gave a talk about Color Theory and finding your personal color palette. I was joined by several friends. Astrid Jaekel talked about collage and shared some wonderful new work from when she was stranded in the US at the beginning of the pandemic. Jonathan Gibbs, my MFA professor, shared his wry humor and wood carving skills. Other speakers were David Melling, illustrator and animator; Dr Sheena Calvert, artist and philosopher; Stephen Fowler, Senior Lecturer in Illustration at Worcester University; Stephen Fowler, artist, illustrator and printmaker and a Senior Lecturer in Illustration, Art & Design Communication at Worcester University; Tamlyn Frances, agent; Alice Sutherland-Hawes, agent; Philippa Milnes-Smith, publisher of such authors as Chris Riddell and Lauren Child; and a crew of folks who helped put the event together. (Special thanks to Siobhan Clark who put together the videos and was key to the event's success.)
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