Graphic Artists Guild Workshop
Wednesday, October 30, 2013,  12-1:30 pm

Illustration: What Does It Take…Besides Talent?

A Panel Discussion moderated by Sara Chapman
What is the state of illustration today? Can you find jobs and make money? What skills do you need? Join us for a stellar panel of working illustrators as we discuss what it takes to be a successful professional illustrator.
We’ll be asking our panelists about:
The Market
Can you make money, and how do you do it?
Which specialties are in demand?
Where is the market headed?
Getting Noticed
Which portfolio sites are best?
Is social media effective?
Do you need an agent?
Is paper promotion dead?
Work Process
Which techniques and media do you use?
What are your steps in creating an illustration?
Seattle Design Center
Plaza Building Suite 292
5701 6th Avenue S.
Seattle 98108
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THE PANEL

Henk Dawson has over 20 years illustration and animation experience, creating visual assets for large corporations, ad agencies, design firms, and startups. His goal is to continue to stay small and focused on creating quality 3D illustration and animation.

Nina Laden, award-winning, best-selling children’s book author and illustrator, lives in Seattle and on Lummi Island, WA, but mostly she lives in her imagination. She has over a dozen books in print including “The Night I Followed the Dog,” “When Pigasso Met Mootisse,” and “Roberto the Insect Architect.” She also visits schools and inspires students to be creative.

Diana Fairbanks has a background in biology, fine arts and medical illustration. She has taught at various schools including Bellevue Communicty College and University of Washington. Currently, she is a full-time visual artist who fulfills commissions and teaches through her studio, OlyImages.

Originally from Peru, Blanca Santander’sheritage and energy resonate in her use of color and magical themes. She has been selected multiple times as the Barnes and Noble Featured artist during National Hispanic Heritage Month. Ms. Santander illustrates children’s books and paints in acrylics.

After an early start winning poster contests as a child, Sandy Haight has had a successful and varied career using her spirited colors and expressive line on book jackets, packaging, posters, logos, and web pages.  She also finds time to teach at Bellevue Community College and create fine art paintings


GAG-Illustration panel

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
My friend Sandy O’Connor took these pictures at the Illustration panel at the SPGA chapter of the Graphic Artist Guild last Wednesday. There was a good turnout as the 5 of us tried to address questions about the illustration market and our experiences in the business. The panel consisted of  Henk Dawson – 3D artist, Nina Laden – children’s books, Blanca Santander – children’s illustrations, and Diana Fairbanks – Scientific, Sandy Haight Illustrations.


"Las Plantas son mi Familia y algo mas"

Illustrations from the book "Las plantas son mi familia y algo mas" published by FAO-Holland-INFOR