Our Annual Retreat Highlights

When you mix up some of the top illustrators working today with a bunch of the most exciting VIPs in the industry, you get our 3rd Annual Artists Retreat at my studio/home/nearby lake. This is how we work with our artists on their career development, keep them inspired, and basically energize all of us.

Our artists, studio ladies, and Janine Vangool, publisher of UPPERCASE (on right).

Author Tami Charles teaches us some tricks for writing children’s books. #tamiwrites

Artist Marenthe, Agent Susan McCabe, and artist Clairice Gifford enjoy some laughs.

One of the highlights of our retreat is Speed Art Dating, where artists sit by the lake with art directors, founders, editors, and other VIPS to look at work, as questions, and even make deals for work. They take turns, with ten minutes to share, and then it’s on to the next table!
Companies that attended include: Blue Q, Hallmark, Quarto, Sterling, teNeues, Uppercase, Candlewick Press, Charlesbridge.
Here’s Clairice getting ready to show her portfolio to the next VIP. 
Some of the artists brought their sketchbooks to show as Jessica Allen did here.
Sarah Walsh, Katie Vernon, and Mara Penny are working on 
an assignment I gave them (to be revealed in a future newsletter!)
Here’s Katie Vernon and Marenthe in my garden sketching out ideas.
XO, Lilla





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