This past weekend I attending my first Highlights For Children’s annual illustrators’ party. What fun! The fine folks at Highlights throw this bash every year at their offices in Honesdale, PA to show appreciation to the freelancers they hire throughout the year. I haven’t had the opportunity to attend until now, so myself and illustrator Susan Mitchell made the long trek down for the event. I met for the first time most of the editors and art directors I work with throughout the year, multiple other illustrators whose work I see in the magazine & some of the other Illustration For Kids girls (Jennifer & Jannie, as well as Susan). There was great food, square dancing, portfolio sharing, and a costume party. So a big thank you to Highlights and all the individuals involved who make this happen year after year! You rock! And I also want to mention how wonderful it was to finally meet people who’s work I admire (e.g. Julie Fortenberry, Karen Lee, Liz Goulet, Jennifer Thermes, Chuck Dillon…just to name a few!). I have posted some pictures on Facebook, so those can be seen here, if you are part of that social networky-thingy.
Now it’s back to the drawing board–though feeling much rejuvenated and refreshed! So I leave you with this little video I took on the fly during the costume party. Just illustrators being silly!