Shaun Tan gave a talk on "Developing a Personal Style," which was incredibly thought provoking. I bought a copy of his new book "The Bird King," which is full of his sketches and preliminary paintings, I highly recommend it.
(Image from: http://thebirdking.blogspot.com)
This is Mo Willems flapping like a bird
(Image from: blog.needsupply.com )
Tommy dePaola addressing a room full of illustrators
As far as market trends go, there was quite a lot of talk about ebooks and how they'll completely change the market, but everyone was still puzzling over how to make them profitable. It dampened my spirits a little to hear how difficult it is for authors and illustrators to make a living in the publishing industry, even those with recognizable names and successful books. Nevertheless, it was hard to stay put out for long when it was pointed out numerous times how important children's books are and how lucky we are to get to make them.
Thanks for visiting my blog! I'll leave you with three of my favorite quotes from the conference:
"Childhood sucks, your job is to be a child's friend." - Mo Willems
"Don't be afraid and stay curious" - Shaun Tan
"Aren't we lucky?" - Julie Andrews