Illustrators of the Future Workshop 2017 attendees

Illustrators of the Future Workshop 2017 - Day 2

Illustrators of the Future Workshop 2017 – Day 2

On day 2 the Illustrator Winners started bright and early, meeting down in the lobby of the Loews Hotel. They began with a tour of the famous Author Services building. Floor to ceiling, the sheer prolific nature of L. Ron Hubbard’s career is always a great milestone to aspire to. Towards the end of the tour, Joni brought them into the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Lounge where, in addition to all the published works from past writer and illustrator winners, photos of all the judges were up along the walls, along with each of the 32 volumes of the Writers of the Future anthology proudly displayed. Now knowing the full breadth of the Contests’ legacy that they were now a part of, the winners headed down for the opening seminar.

Echo and Lazarus began at a ferocious pace providing a lot of information. Luckily each winner had their notebook to write down their questions for later, of which there were many. During the beginning of the seminar, Echo and Lazarus went over several subjects including Illustration vs. Fine art, the many hats you must manage as an artist, and how buyers see your service—already providing considerably more than the “20-minute optional class on the business of art” Echo had received when she was in art school.

In the afternoon the winners returned to another informative session. Lazarus broke down how to price one’s work for the bare minimum fee, enlightening the winners about pricing in general and ethical guides. Echo and Lazarus provided handout kits with information on licensing, negotiations, business plans, sample contracts, who you contact and how to read creative briefs.

Our newest Illustrator judge, Ciruelo, just arrived from Spain, brought his advice learned from over 30 years of experience of having worked with publishers from all over the world. He reinforced the importance of being able to recognize and communicate the needs of the client so as to make the client happy. This involved knowing why they hired you, and then how your work should go beyond just fulfilling the needs of the client. He reminded the winners to nurture their artistic voice so that they continue to grow. Val Lindahn also reflected on the importance of doing your personal work as the passion will shine.

Some of the highlights of the day below. To see all today’s photos, visit Writers & Illustrators of the Future on Facebook

  • Starting out from the hotel to the workshop.

    Starting out from the hotel to the workshop.
  • En route to the workshop, going down the stairs that lead up to the Dolby Theatre, where the Academy Awards take place.

    En route to the workshop, going down the stairs that lead up to the Dolby Theatre, where the Academy Awards take place.
  • Walking past the Chinese Theatre on Hollywood en route to the workshop.

    Walking past the Chinese Theatre on Hollywood en route to the workshop.
  • Meeting execs from Author Services, Inc. in ASI’s reception.

    Meeting execs from Author Services, Inc.
  • Getting a tour of the L. Ron Hubbard Library.

    Getting a tour of the L. Ron Hubbard Library.
  • Getting a tour of the Writers & Illustrators of the Future room where the Contest judges and winners works are featured.

    Getting the tour of the Writers & Illustrators of the Future room at Author Services, Inc.
  • Illustrator Contest judge Echo Chernik getting the workshop rolling.

    Echo Chernik getting the workshop rolling.
  • Yader Fonseca, far right, asks a question.

    Yader Fonseca, far right, asks a question.
  • Illustrator Contest judge Lazarus Chernik giving a seminar during the workshop.

    Lazarus Chernik giving a seminar during the workshop.
  • Rachel Quinlan working on her assignment from the workshop.

    Rachel Quinlan working on her assignment from the workshop.
  • Ryan Richmond working on his illustration assignment.

    Ryan Richmond working on his illustration assignment.
  • Hanna Al-Shaer working on her illustration assignment.

    Hanna Al-Shaer working on her illustration assignment.

In addition to different guest speakers who will be addressing the illustrator winners this week, we also have a guest photographer covering the Workshops–notable Thorsten von Overgaard, Danish writer and photographer. His photographs of the Illustrator workshop are here:

  • The Illustrators Workshop. (photo by Thorsten von Overgaard)

    The Illustrators Workshop. (photo by Thorsten von Overgaard)
  • Instructor Lazarus Chernik with Ryan Richmond. (photo by Thorsten von Overgaard)

    Instructor Lazarus Chernik with Ryan Richmond. (photo by Thorsten von Overgaard)
  • Instructor Lazarus Chernik with Ryan Richmond. (photo by Thorsten von Overgaard)

    Instructor Lazarus Chernik with Ryan Richmond. (photo by Thorsten von Overgaard)
  • Illustrator winner, Michael Michera sketching. (photo by Thorsten von Overgaard)

    Illustrator winner, Michael Michera sketching. (photo by Thorsten von Overgaard)
  • Illustrator winner, Anthony Moravian sketching. (photo by Thorsten von Overgaard)

    Illustrator winner, Anthony Moravian sketching. (photo by Thorsten von Overgaard)
  • Instructors Lazarus and Echo with Anthony Moravian. (photo by Thorsten von Overgaard)

    Instructors Lazarus and Echo with Anthony Moravian. (photo by Thorsten von Overgaard)
  • Illustrator winner, Rachel Quinlan sketching. (photo by Thorsten von Overgaard)

    Illustrator winner, Rachel Quinlan sketching. (photo by Thorsten von Overgaard)
  • Instructors Lazarus and Echo with illustrator winner, David Furnal. (photo by Thorsten von Overgaard)

    Instructors Lazarus and Echo with illustrator winner, David Furnal. (photo by Thorsten von Overgaard)
  • Instructors Lazarus and Echo with illustrator winner, David Furnal. (photo by Thorsten von Overgaard)

    Instructors Lazarus and Echo with illustrator winner, David Furnal. (photo by Thorsten von Overgaard)
  • Illustrator winner, Yader Fonseca sketching. (photo by Thorsten von Overgaard)

    Illustrator winner, Yader Fonseca sketching. (photo by Thorsten von Overgaard)
  • Yader Fonseca with Instructor Lazarus Chernik. (photo by Thorsten von Overgaard)

    Yader Fonseca with Instructor Lazarus Chernik. (photo by Thorsten von Overgaard)
  • Yader Fonseca with Instructor Lazarus Chernik. (photo by Thorsten von Overgaard)

    Yader Fonseca with Instructor Lazarus Chernik. (photo by Thorsten von Overgaard)

Joshua MeehanGuest blogger, Joshua Meehan
Joshua Meehan is a freelance science fiction and fantasy illustrator. He was an Illustrators of the Future winner in 2013 in Volume 29. His client list includes Paizo Publishing, Analog Sci-fi magazine, Fantasy Flight and Bethesda. Joshua’s illustration for Robert J. Sawyer’s short story “Gator” is in the latest Writers of the Future anthology, Volume 33.