The program kicks off with a writing and illustration retreat in October in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. It is followed by six months of assignments and critiques from one's mentor, and it is capped by a final retreat in Virginia City, Nevada, in April. This year's class of 24 mentees come from 11 states and 4 countries.
David Diaz is My Mentor
My mentor will be illustrator David Diaz. I am really excited to be working with him. He has illustrated over 35 books and won the 1995 Caldecott for SMOKY NIGHT, by Eve Bunting, a book I've had on my bookshelves for over a decade:
Some other acclaimed books he's illustrated include:
ME, FRIEDA, by Amy Novesky, a Pura Dupré Honor book:
THE WANDERER, by Sharon Creech, a Newberry Honor winner:
THE LITTLE SCARECROW, by Margaret Wise Brown, and named the New York Times Best Illustrated Book in 1998:
And many more:
My previous blog post
I was originally assigned to E.B. Lewis, but was switched early in the program. This was my original post:
My mentor is illustrator E.B. Lewis. I am thrilled to be working with him. He has illustrated over 50 picture books, including the 2005 Caldecott Honor Book, COMING HOME SOON, written by Jacqueline Woodson:
Alice Schertle's DOWN THE ROAD, an ALA Notable book:
Tolowa Mollel's MY ROWS AND PILES OF COINS, an ALA Notable Book and a Coretta Scott King Honor book:
Garvin Curtis's THE BAT BOY AND HIS VIOLIN, a Coretta Scott King Honor Book:
And many more.
Some of my fellow writers and illustrators have blogged about his appearances and classes:
- Tanja Bauerle: Tuscon Festival of Books (where E.B. Lewis was part of a panel of Caldecott-winning illustrators discussing their craft)
- Tara Lazar: NJ-SCBWI Conference: E.B. Lewis Keynote (discussing his love of the process of making art and the importance of putting in the hours of work)
- Mark Mitchell: "Speak the Language" Children's Book Illustrator E.B. Lewis Shares his Emotional Work and Words (E.B. Lewis talking about mastering the language of painting with a video demo).
- Ingrid Sundberg: Follow Your Passions: Advice from Illustrator E.B. Lewis (a nice roundup of his thoughts on art and the profession)
I will post more about the mentorship as the year goes on.
If you liked this post, you may also enjoy:
- How to Be a Children's Illustrator: Interview with Mark Mitchell
- Will Terry's Online Art Classes for Children's Illustrators
- Julie Hedlund's 12x12 Picture Book Challenge