Presenters: Abby Hanlon, Heather Ross, Matt Tavares, Chris Van Dusen
Moderator: Susan Capaldi
It is common for us to hear young people talk about their dreams to become artists or cartoonists or fashion designers when they grow up. So why is it that we so rarely hear any of them say that they would like to one day illustrate books for children? At what point did the immensely gifted artists whose work graces some of our favorite picture books and early readers make the decision to utilize their degrees and backgrounds in fine arts and design and education and outdoor adventure to illustrate children's books? What is it like to illustrate your own text as opposed to that of someone else? And most daunting of all: in an industry with thousands of illustrators hoping to find work, how do you make yours stand out?