Wednesday, February 24, 2016

COSCBWI Meeting (Sort of) February 2016

Excuse the wacky title of this blog post.  COSCBWI did not originally have a meeting scheduled for February due to our workshop with young adult author Emery Lord.  (Which was quite an awesome event!)  However, while the January meet-and-greet was loads of fun, we didn't have many illustrators in attendance.  And thus yours truly--the current COSCBWI Illustrator Coordinator--decided we ought to hold a second meet-and-greet in February geared towards our artists-in-hiding.  It was a bit impromptu but a GREAT time, and it was so wonderful to see our illustrators flock together!  :)

Similar to the January meeting, the first item on the agenda for the illustrator meet-and-greet was an overview of the organization.  Because it can't hurt to have the COSCBWI contact info in multiple places, I'll repeat it again:

Twitter: @CSOhioSCBWI
Facebook: Central Southern Ohio SCBWI

In addition, we talked about some parts of the National SCBWI website that are of specific use to illustrators, including how to submit art to the SCBWI Bulletin publication ( and how to submit art to the monthly "Draw This" challenge (  If you're an illustrator, be sure to poke around the National SCBWI website a bit; SCBWI offers plenty of content and opportunities for their artist members.

After the nuts and bolts, we talked about some upcoming events including...

Saturday, March 5th:
Half-day workshop with associate agent Victoria Selvaggio called "Agent 101: An Inside View of Acquiring Clients."  (There's still time to sign up at!)

May TBD:
"Photoshop 101" workshop with me, Kathryn Powers.  I'll be going over the basics of Photoshop, including tips on how to make your traditional art shine for a digital submission.  The final date will depend on the Upper Arlington Library's availability, but we will post the info online as soon as it's available.  

After discussing events, we talked about some projects we have planned for our illustrator members this year including...

Ohioana Book Festival Bookmark Project:
This is the second year COSCBWI is sponsoring a bookmark craft for the children's room at the festival.  Our illustrators had a lot of fun making the designs last year, and the kids LOVED coloring them, so we're excited to help with this event again!  Please visit to download the full instructions and bookmark template.  The due date is April 1, so don't delay!

Facebook Banner:
COSCBWI decided our Facebook page could use a bit of sprucing up.  As an ongoing project, our member artists are invited to create seasonal banner illustrations.  The first spots were snatched up by members at the meeting, but don't worry--each season will come around again!  If you're interested in creating a banner for a future season, just email me (Kathryn Powers) at

Notecard Contest:
Our 2015 Notecard Contest was such a success that we've decided to host it again in 2016!  Be on the lookout for this year's theme and instructions sometime in late spring/early summer.

And then after ALL THAT, we talked shop and did some informal critiquing.  Boy, was it a busy night!

A big thank you to everyone who attended the illustrator meet-and-greet!  And if you couldn't come, I hope to see you at meeting or workshop soon!          

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