Joining Pictures with Words Children’s books most often involve the careful balance of pictures and words. Illustrators add their unique perspective to complement the text. Join us on Saturday, April 13 as two illustrators give us an in-depth look at their craft. Writers can gain insights on how illustrators evaluate a text and pair it with images. Illustrators can pick up tips and tricks and talk shop with their peers. The event is FREE to members and non-members, but registration is required so we know how many participants to expect. We will have time after the presentations to chat and enjoy lunch! You can bring your own, or place an order for boxed lunches (from Jimmy John’s) – details on the registration form.
Eileen Ryan Ewen Eileen is a freelance artist with a background in Fine Art and Creative Writing. While spending years painting oil portraits and other commissions, Eileen kept thinking about what made her fall in love with art and words in the first place–children’s books. After the birth of her youngest child, she decided to delve headfirst into the art of children’s books, and hasn’t looked back since.
Using traditional mediums such as watercolor, ink, and gouache, Eileen enjoys nothing more than the challenge of making characters and worlds come to life on paper. She has had the recent privilege to work on books that range from whimsical fiction, educational fiction, and historical non-fiction. And somewhere in between, she’s always working on the stories that are floating around in her own head. To date, Eileen has illustrated four books for Sleeping Bear Press, as well as other commissioned work. She is currently working on a lighthearted, historical nonfiction picture book for Page Street Kids. Eileen lives and works in Cleveland Heights, OH, with her husband, four young children, and two very sweet ghost kitties.
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Keith Allen Keith Allen is a Senior Designer, Illustrator, and Paper-Engineer at American Greetings in Cleveland, Ohio, where he creates greeting cards and social expression products. After work Keith manages his own independent publishing company specializing in children’s pop-up books. His latest book, “What a Mess! A Pop-Up Misadventure” was successfully funded on KickStarter and won Silver at the MoonBeam Children’s Book Awards.
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