Edited to add, 8/1/12: Neal Porter will now be a special guest at this workshop as well.
…that, if you are an illustrator looking for some professional development/workshop opportunities, I read about this recently and wanted to mention it:
The Highlights Foundation Advanced Illustrators Workshop is a five-day workshop from August 30 to September 3, 2012, during which (according to Highlights), you will “immerse yourself in illustration—oil wash on board, printmaking, pen and ink, watercolors, and more. Daily hands-on workshops will challenge you to sharpen your illustration skills, all under the support and guidance of our highly talented mentors.” (In addition to illustration techniques, they promise that you’ll also explore: dummy preparation; storyboarding; continuity; portfolio expectations; character development; self-promotion; and finding a market.)
Those “highly talented mentors” they mention are only the crazy talented Floyd Cooper, Eric Rohmann (both Floyd and Eric are pictured at the top of this post), Kelly Murphy, and Ruth Sanderson. Nothin’ to sneeze at there, my friends. You’d be in excellent hands. Special guests include Donna Jo Napoli, David Wiesner, and Robbin Gourley (the senior art director from Boyds Mill Press and Highlights).
Evidently, you’ll get one-on-one critiques, as well as group critiques with peers and feedback from those special guests at a Highlights’ portfolio showcase.
I happen to know, since a little birdie at Highlights told me, that there are still openings for this workshop. And I post a whole heapin’ lot about illustration here at 7-Imp. AND, since I love the work those Highlights folks do, I thought I’d mention it here today.
Until later …
Photo credit for very tippy-top photo: Jasmin Ortiz. Both photos used with permission of the Highlights Foundation.