Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Illustrators Day 2019

Date(s) - 11/02/2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Skirball Cultural Center
2701 North Sepulveda Blvd. - Los Angeles, CA 90049

Online registration has closed, however, cash or check walk-ins are allowed on the day of the event.

Illustration by Gela Kalaitzidis, winner of the 2019 Twitter Banner Contest

Join your artistic peers on Saturday, November 2nd, at the Skirball Cultural Center for a day of inspiring, informative talks and hands-on workshops about children’s book illustration. Participate in the free Portfolio Showcase which will be viewed by industry professionals. Portfolio Showcase winners will receive an in-person portfolio review from one of our amazing faculty. Lunch is included.

The morning will feature keynotes and the Portfolio Showcase. In the afternoon, attendees will participate in one of two breakout sessions (choose one below during registration). The day will end with a panel session and Q&A with the entire faculty.


– Early Bird Member pricing through September 28: $95
– Member pricing after September 28: $125
(SCBWI student members automatically receive 10% off)

– Early Bird Non-Member pricing through September 28: $115
– Non-Member pricing after September 28: $145


“At the Intersection of Distinctive and Accessible: How to Reach the Broadest Audience Without Compromising Your Style”
Naomi Kirsten

“The Art of Spontaneity: Carrying the Life of the Sketch into the Final Illustration”
Christy Tugeau Ewers

Breakout Sessions
(choose one while registering)

“Growing Your Illustrator Mind: Making Optimal Design Choices”
Joe Cepeda

“Visual Storytelling as it Relates to the Picture Book Form”: A Hands-On Workshop
Marla Frazee

Portfolio Showcase
Space is limited. You must select the Portfolio Showcase checkbox while registering for the event to be eligible to display your portfolio.
Submissions to the Portfolio Showcase must follow the guidelines listed below:


One (1) permitted.
10 – 15 images.
Include your name and contact information.
Size (closed): Maximum width 17”, maximum height: 15”, maximum thickness 3”. Largest OPEN dimension cannot exceed 34″ wide, maximum thickness 3”.
Copies or prints only, no original art.

PLEASE NOTE: Portfolios that do not follow the above requirements will not be displayed.

Business or Promotional Cards:

50-100 suggested.
Promotion Card Size: Up to 5” x 7” horizontal or vertical.
Only one design required. (One stack will be placed by displayed portfolio.)
No card holders permitted.
Bring cards in a disposable plastic bag, or bound by rubber band.

A dummy may be included with your portfolio, but not instead of:

One (1) permitted.
Size: Dummies may not be larger than 11” x 17” when opened.
Dummy is optional, not a requirement.
Dummy may not, in any way, be a partially or fully published book. This includes self-published.
Dummy must be attached to your displayed illustration. (string, yarn or ribbon
works well)

Written Portfolio Reviews

All portfolios will be viewed remotely by an editor, art director, or agent. There are a limited number available and are an additional cost of $50.
Portfolios will be viewed digitally, 10 pieces maximum.
Submission form and Instructions will be sent to participants who sign up.
Written portfolio reviews will be provided to the participants at the end of Illustrators Day.

Meet the Faculty

Naomi Kirsten is a Senior Editor at Chronicle Books in San Francisco, California. She acquires approximately 20 titles each year, ranging from picture books to games, board books, and novelty formats with a focus on smart, art-driven projects. Naomi’s titles include I Didn’t Do My Homework Because…, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School…; The Truth About My Unbelievable School…, New York Times Notable Book and Society of Illustrators Gold Medal Winner The Bear’s Song, I Hate My Cats (A Love Story), Grown-Ups Never Do That, The Boring Book, and The Star Wars Cookbook: BB-Ate, Wookiee Pies, Han Sandwiches and Other Galactic Snacks, and Ice Sabers, projects she originated for the Star Wars franchise. She also develops publishing programs and products with Taro Gomi, Benjamin Chaud, Richard McGuire, and Marc Boutavant. On Instagram and Twitter: @naomi_kirsten

Christy T. Ewers is one half of the agenting team at The CAT Agency, where she represents illustrators and author/illustrators in the children’s market, along with her mother and partner, Chris Tugeau, who founded the agency in 1994. The CAT Agency is a boutique agency that believes in the hands-on approach in representing a diverse group of talent from all over the world. Christy works closely with the entire “family” of artists, spearheading promotion and deals for CAT Agency illustrators, as well as working closely with the authors in the group to help craft their stories and hone their writing for young readers. For more information, visit

Preferring grace over style, message over technique, and story over extravagance, Joe Cepeda seeks to create work with integrity and authenticity at its core. Born and raised in East Los Angeles, a proud Angeleno, Joe’s serpentine road through college began studying engineering at Cornell and finished with a BFA in Illustration from Long Beach State. Only months from leaving school, Joe took his wares to New York and secured a book contract after his first meeting with a publisher. He’s been illustrating books ever since. Joe is the award-winning illustrator of more than thirty books for children while continuing to create images for magazines and other publications, as well as keeping an eager eye to the ever-changing landscape of illustration.

Marla Frazee was awarded a Caldecott Honor for All the World and A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever, and the Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Picture Book for her wordless book The Farmer and the Clown. She is the author-illustrator of The Boss Baby, now a DreamWorks animated feature film, the book’s sequel The Bossier Baby, and the fall 2018 picture book Little Brown, as well as many others. She is also the illustrator of The Seven Silly Eaters, the NYT bestselling Clementine series, and the picture book It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton. Marla has three grown sons and works in a small backyard cabin under an avocado tree in Pasadena.
Lauren Rille is an Art Director at Simon & Schuster, where she works with the Beach Lane, Atheneum, and McElderry imprints. Before joining S&S, Lauren was a designer at Sterling and Harcourt Children’s Books. Some books she’s designed include the most recent edition of Are You There God, it’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume, cover illustration by Debbie Ohi; The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater, illustrated by the Fan Brothers; Life by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel; Scraps by Lois Ehlert; Best In Snow by April Pulley Sayre; and the New York Times best-selling Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman. Lauren’s debut picture book, I Feel Teal, illustrated by Aimee Sicuro, published in 2018 by Beach Lane Books. Lauren loves the collaborative process of working with editors and illustrators, and she’s always on the lookout for new talent.

Lauren will not be on-site for the event but is one of the reviewers for the written portfolio critiques.

Faculty and topics subject to change.

There will be no refunds for this event.