All posts filed under: Creativity

A List of Ideas for Self-Initiated Illustration Pieces

Creativity / Inspiration / Process / Show and Tell

Above: A new piece for my portfolio, based on feedback from SCBWI-LA. ©Robin Rosenthal For the past few months I’ve been working on new pieces for my portfolio based on the amazing feedback I received at the 2014 SCBWI LA Summer Conference. (I was one of six illustrators who received the SCBWI Mentorship Award, and I got to meet individually with six mentors who each gave me guidance on my work. It. Was. Awesome. Read more […]

Blown Covers

Creativity / Show and Tell

When Robin told us about the Blown Covers contest, all the planets aligned for me. Françoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman offer a great opportunity – a “monthly New Yorker cover-esque competition.” It’s simple: they announce a theme, showing some great past New Yorker covers for inspiration; anyone can submit their idea. They publish the runners up in a harrowing daily countdown until the winner is finally revealed. It’s equally fantastic that they always include a […]

A Technique For Producing Ideas

Creativity / Process / Thoughts

My writer friends, Patrick and Cassie, have this sign hanging on the cork board of their home office. I asked Patrick where he got it, and it turns out it is an except from a classic book, A Technique for Producing Ideas, by advertising executive, James Webb Young. Young first presented the 5-step process in 1939 and he published a book about it in 1965. I love it. Especially the “Relax” part. Seriously! I find that […]