Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Webinar: Summer Springboard for Illustrators – 2021 Craft Workshop

Date(s) - 06/29/2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Webinar: Summer Springboard for Illustrators
Illustration Craft Workshop with Sunny Duran, Joyce Hesselberth, and Timothy Young
2-hour Webinar

Tuesday, June 29, 2020 at 7-9 PM Eastern/6-8 PM Central/5-7 PM Mountain/4-6 PM Pacific

SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25
Includes live webinar and 30 days of recording access.

Optional written critiques following webinar: 

  • Picture book dummy critique: $70.00
  • Portfolio Critique (up to 15 images): $70.00


About the webinar:

Spring into your illustration with this craft-intensive webinar, as three illustrators share on-screen or video demonstrations of their working methods, followed by Q&A time:

Have you ever wondered if you could use your iPad to create a picture book? Join Sunny Duran as she walks you through how she creates picture books on her iPad using Procreate.

Where do ideas come from? Author-illustrator Joyce Hesselberth explores the beginnings of ideas for picture books and shows how they go from sketchbook doodles to fully formed stories.

Have you ever wanted to explore a new medium or style? Author-illustrator Timothy Young will talk about the techniques he used in illustrating the rare and unusual animals in his forthcoming book P is for Puffin. He will also talk about his inspirations for creating the book.

Whether your medium of choice is traditional, digital, or hybrid, learn tips that will take your illustration to the next level. Watch live or recorded and get inspired!


About the presenters:

Sunny Duran is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer with ten years of experience in the print and publishing industry, creating fun and quirky characters for picture books and middle grade. She has worked on a wide range of children’s books and publications with small businesses and independent authors, helping them bring their stories to life. She is also the co-host of the Illo Chat podcast, where you can hear her and Olga Herrera chat about their adventures as children’s book illustrators. She currently lives in Maryland with her husband, four kids and two cats. She spends her days drawing on her ipad with a cup of cold coffee by her side and a cat on her lap. More at  Critiquing: Portfolios, Picture book dummies.



Joyce Hesselberth is an author-illustrator of children’s books. Her book Mapping Sam was a New York Public Library top 100 Children’s Book of 2018, a Chicago Public Library Best Book, and a Bologna Ragazzi Special Mention nonfiction book. Her most recent book, Beatrice Was A Tree, will be published by Greenwillow Books in June 2021. She also teaches illustration at Maryland Institute College of Art. More at: Critiquing: Portfolios, Picture book dummies.




As a child, Timothy Young always wondered who made the toys he played with, who wrote and illustrated the books he read and who made the cartoons he watched. He grew up to be one of the people who got to do all of them. Timothy Young is the author/illustrator of 15 books including I Hate Picture Books!, The Angry Little Puffin, and the unusually titled untitled. He has designed toys, worked in animation and done other creative jobs. He has illustrated books for other authors and has his first 2 board books coming out this fall. Career highlights include being the Head Model-maker for the Penny cartoons on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, building Muppets for Jim Henson and sculpting the first Simpsons toys. He is also the creator of the pool toy The Chicken Fight Game. More at:    Critiquing: Portfolios, Picture book dummies.



To register, fill out the form below. SCBWI members MUST be logged in to get the discounted rate. Registration will close at 11:59 PM Eastern on June 28.

Access information for the live webinar will be sent on the morning of the webinar and access information on the recording will be sent out the following day.

Those who select add-on critiques must submit their critique material by July 9, 2021. Detailed submission instructions will be sent out following the live webinar to those who register for this option. You do not need to submit anything now.