...and to make a happy announcement: my portfolio won the Grand Prize at the SCBWI* Conference (held in Los Angeles every August). WOW, talk about an unexpected turn of events!!
It is of course a massive honour — and the prize is an all-expense paid trip to New York City, as well as an "Open Sesame" to publishing houses for children's books. I can't wait!! More on all of this later, of course.
Here is that winning portfolio (btw, it wasn't easy to find a "landscape" oriented portfolio of just the right dimensions—thanks to Juana** for all the great advice!). It contained 17 images, many of which can be seen on my website, while others have yet to be uploaded... stay tuned! I also showed a full-colour dummy of Crocodile Shoes (which I both illustrated and wrote). Some images are here and here.
The Portfolio Showcase was held in a huge pavilion/ballroom at the Hyatt in Century City, with hundreds and hundreds of portfolios (and book dummies) all laid out on rows of tables. A lot of people came to look, as you can see...
A lot of talent under one roof!
|Here I am, beaming.|
More soon. Thank you again, SCBWI —I am so delighted!!!
PS. For my readers in Europe and elsewhere: *SCBWI = "Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators". This organization has chapters all over the world, hosts many interesting events and is regularly present at the Bologna Book Fair. Just sayin'.