The cruise was perfect. So relaxing and fun, I highly recommend going on one if you can. I didn't do any sketching, shame on me. I did take lots of pictures, but you'll have to wait a few days for the film to come back. (I'm so 1980's.)
I learned new things and deepened my understanding of the basics in the workshops and in talking wtih the editor, art director, the published writers and illustrators. I've taken lots of notes and will share with you some of the things I've taken to heart this week. So check back every day for more info.
I'd also like to encourage you, if you are interested in writing or illustrating for children, join the SCBWI. It is worth every penny! I was able to spend a lot of time on the cruise with the National Illustrator Coordinator for the SCBWI, Priscilla Burris, who is as sweet and funny as she is talented. I'll leave you with a quote from her that has changed my whole way of thinking about illustration, "Make your work multi-layered, more than just the text. You are only half done if you just illustrate what was written." We tell the rest of the story with pictures. Bringing characters to life, creating worlds and bringing deeper meaning to the story. She is brilliant!
-the image is sugar starfish, sea urchins and spikey urchins that I found in a gift shop in one of the ports. They reminded me of beads. For a moment it made me want to decorate my entire house with a mermaid twist, but I calmed down and picked these up to display in a silver bowl that I have. They may just inspire a bead or two.