Today I joined the “SCBWI“, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
I was at a BBQ last year and I met a woman who told me about the Society and I was intrigued. But I didn’t feel comfortable enough to sign up, but today’s the day! I signed up and I will upload some images to my gallery there and I hope that they will be liked by others. I’m also looking forward to getting some critique so I can develop and improve my work as an artist.
I just love children’s books and my wish is to illustrate children’s books in the future. I think books, in general, are important for every person, but even more for children who have a different view of the world and are growing and discovering every day. I want to give children the opportunity to have a fun experience with books so they keep on reading when they become grown-ups and share their love for stories and pictures with their children and grandchildren. I remember when I learned how to read that it opened a door for me into fantastic worlds I could have never imagined. With the help of my precious library card I went on adventures, discovered new things and I was always learning something new that fascinated me. When I grew older I switched from the more positive centered world of children’s books to literature for teens and I learned to cope with cruel characters and stories that don’t always have a happy ending. I even started to pick topics (like psychology, biology, drugs, cults, …) I tried to read as much about as I could find in our small local library. And I always enjoyed coming back to picture books and children’s books when I read them to my smaller siblings, my cousins or the children I was taking care at a summer camp I volunteered at.
So here I am, painting pictures, hoping that a child out there finds themselves in the adventures of the story. And I hope the SCBWI will help me get discovered by them.
Off to new shores!