Tuesday, May 18, 2010

NESCBWI Conference: Jennifer E. Morris

This past weekend I attended the annual regional conference for the New England Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (aka, NESCBWI). I contribute to 3 blogs, and since I took just 3 workshops I thought I'd share one on each.

Artwork © Jennifer E. Morris

My first workshop was run by Jennifer Morris, entitled "10 Photoshop Techniques for Illustrators". I've met Jen a few times and really like her work so even though I'm a veteran photoshop user I wanted to check it out. She did a fantastic job of presenting useful information clearly. The room was a mix of pros, intermediates, and true beginners and I admired how she handled the range of questions a group like that can pose. Best of all, I picked up a few new Photoshop tricks! I love watching other artists at work too. I know I can see videos all over the internet, but I rarely check them out. Live is so much better.

I highly recommend checking out Jennifer's blog and this page on her website for links to painting demos on her blog. She is very generous to share so much of her process. You'll find both a painterly technique and her scratchboard/chunky technique.


J. E. Morris said...

Thank you so much Gina! I was thrilled to hear you got something out of my presentation. I was so nervous when I saw you Photoshop savvy folks in the room.

Alicia PadrĂ³n said...

I wish I could of been there. Thanks for posting about this Gina! I'm sure Jennifer's workshop was amazing. :o)

Ann Marie DiVecchia said...

I learned a few new techniques and also thought she did a great job presenting. You influenced my decision to sign up...so thank you!