Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota

Yesterday was a book adventure! I took part in a tour of the Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota. If you ever want to explore a hidden Twin Cities treasure, this is the place! 90 feet below the ground floor of the Anderson Library on the UofM lies an archival collection of books, manuscripts, sketches and other collectibles, that spans an area of 2 football fields.

Down, down, down the elevator we go, past the stalactites and into the caverns containing the stacks of priceless collections.








First draft of Because Of Winn Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo http://www.katedicamillo.com/books/bowd.html


















After the tour, we were able to view original paintings for GOODNIGHT MOON, by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd.





We also got to look at the sketches, dummies and 3d final art for BALLOONS OVER BROADWAY, by Melissa Sweet, winner of the Robert F. Sibert Medal.




What a treat that was. That was not my first or last trip to the Kerlan. I feel very lucky to have such easy access to a place like that!

SCBWI Minnesota Postcard Gallery



As the Illustrator Coordinator of SCBWI Minnesota, I started a program earlier in 2017 called the SCBWI Minnesota Postcard Gallery. It is an online gallery for our members to showcase their self-promotion postcards.

I really enjoy seeing it grow from the ground up.  And I look forward to many posts to come. We will update this gallery 4x/year. See you July 15th!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Twin Cities Picture Book Salon

We had a blast making cards at the Twin Cities Picture Book Salon, last night. The salon takes place at the Loft.org in Minneapolis. http://mollybethgriffin.com/events/

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Shoutout onTwitter #mailersandcoffee






Each week Giuseppe Castellano @pinocastellano shares on Twitter #mailersandcoffee — a weekly illustration mailer review with his design assistant @jayrosenfeld. This week he featured my illustration!  Here's a link to Giuseppe Castellano's tweet.  My postcard is also featured over at SCBWI-Minnesota Postcard Gallery page. You can find me on twitter @aschwabart.

Monday, January 23, 2017

2017 MN SCBWI Banner Contest

I am the Illustrator Coord. for SCBWI Minnesota. In 2015, I began hosting an annual Banner Contest for MN SCBWI members to participate in.

We have had great participation in years past when the contest was displayed at the MN SCBWI Fall Conference, but this year we moved the event online so that everyone can view the art at anytime.

The winning entry will be displayed in the regional SCBWI Minnesota website and the new! SCBWI Minnesota Postcard Gallery for one year. All MN SCBWI members are eligible to vote on the entries through a survey sent to their inbox.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Postcard Gallery

As the Illustrator Coordinator for SCBWI Minnesota, I created a Postcard Gallery for the SCBWI Minnesota illustrator members to showcase their postcards 4x/year!

This website gives participants the initiative to work on their marketing skills by submitting their postcards to the gallery up to four times a year.

The participants can increase traffic to their portfolio website by creating buzz on social media.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Amazing People

People are capable of the most amazing feats if they set their mind to it. Four days ago, a Swede skied to the South Pole in his wheelchair. (news article)

I recently created this image for the non-profit http://www.breathlogic.org.  They teach people breathing techniques to empower and improve their health. I used this image of a woman climbing a mountain in her wheelchair.

I can imagine South Pole adventurer Aron Anderson feels empowered having trekked all the way there with only the use of his arms. Amazing!