Conference Boost

I went to the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators fall conference this weekend. As always they put on a fabulous weekend with top notch speakers. However, like a lot of writing conferences, the talks tend to be for first time writers anxious to find out about the industry because they always make up the majority of the audience. Nowadays I go mainly to connect with friends and possibly do some networking. Maybe I’ll pick up some industry information, but generally it’s more social than anything else. I do get an adrenaline boost from being around so many creative people and that can help me through the dark winter months of rejection letters and looking for illustration/design work in this economy. But this past weekend I went with high expectations because Will Terry was one of the speakers. I’ve enjoyed his blog and I admire his work so I was looking forward to hearing what he had to say about digital illustration, and the ebook and app market. My expectations were met and then some. Will Terry is a really funny guy, and a wonderful teacher. I wish I lived in Utah so I could take his classes—and believe me, that’s the only reason I would want to live in Utah for I’m at home in Colorado—it feeds my spirit with its crystal blue sky and snow-capped mountaintops. But back to Will. Like all good teachers he makes you look at your world and work in a different, more exciting way. He also reminded me of some basic things that I’ve become too...