SCBWI Canada East Blog

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Ellie Arscott

I AM:
Ellie Arscott, a Toronto-based artist passionate about creative expression. I graduated from Sheridan College in Interpretive Illustration and am a member of SCBWI Canada East. I teach children art at Rebellion Gallery in Toronto.

I CREATE:
and have been painting and drawing for over 15 years. I illustrate from the whimsy to the corporate (and everything in between.) I create scenic art for theatre companies. I share my passion for all things creative by providing new art experiences to kids in schools. I teach children and adults art at Rebellion Gallery and Art Academy in Toronto.

I LOVE:
colour. Paint (and the sound of the word.) Painting in groups. Paper, Hearing my kids laugh. And standing in the wind.

I SHOW:
my artwork at Studio 210 in Toronto’s East End and online at www.elliearscott.com

Alice Carter

Alice Carter is an illustrator and storyteller with a lifelong passion for sharing her whimsical imagination. She is inspired by people watching, music and all the earth’s magnificent creatures. Alice is a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design. She lives and creates in Ottawa, Ontario and works with clients all over the world. Clients have included: Pajama Press, Orca Book Publishers, Chirp Magazine, The Canadian Diabetes Association, Scholastic Canada, Kayak Magazine for Kids, Homemakers Magazine, Groupe Media TFO, Zoocheck Canada

Website: www.alicecarter.com

Charlene Chua


Charlene Chua spent her youth growing up in Singapore, where she divided her time between drawing, reading comics and failing her Mandarin classes. She started her working life in 1998 as a web designer, and went on to become a senior graphic designer, web producer and interactive project manager. She then decided to follow her real dream and became an illustrator some time around 2006.

Since then she has worked with clients from North America, Europe, Singapore and Australia on a wide variety of illustration projects. Her work has appeared in the American Illustration, Spectrum and SILA’s Illustration West. She has illustrated 3 picture books; the "Julie Black Belt" books for Immedium Publishing, and an upcoming title for Inhabit Media.


Website: www.charlenechua.com

Instagram: https://instagram.com/charlenedraws
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sygnin
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/charlenedraws/


Adrian Croft


Adrian is a fan of both fantasy writing and art (hang out with him at www.adriancross.ca) and picture book writing and art (www.croft creations.ca). You can usually find him in some corner of the internet doing one or the other, and he'd be happy to have some company!

Picture book writing and art: croftcreations.ca
Website: www.adriancross.ca

Peggy Collins, IC SCBWI Canada East

Peggy Collins is an award winning children's author/illustrator/crafty mama living in Forest Mills, Ontario. She has illustrated over 20 books for children for clients domestically and internationally - including Fitzhenry and Whiteside, Simon and Shuster, Scholastic and Red Robin Books. She is a mom of two, a college professor and has recently moved into a brand new studio built by her wonderful partner.

Peggy is a PAL member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), the Canadian Society of Children's Authors Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP), the Picture Book Artists Association (PBAA) and the Canadian Children's Book Council (CCBC).

Website: peggysillustration.com
Blog: peggydrawsandwrites.blogspot.com

Suzanne Del Rizzo

Suzanne is a Children’s Book Illustrator and member of SCBWI and CANSCAIP. She is represented by Patricia Ocampo of Transatlantic Agency. She creates low-relief dimensional illustrations using plasticine, polymer clay, and mixed media which are then photographed for print. Suzanne illustrated Lisa Dalrymple’s Skink on the Brink (Fitzhenry & Whiteside), winner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award and finalist for the Rainforest of Reading Award. She also illustrated mixed media and polymer clay elements for the cover of Marty Chan’s YA novel, The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles: Demon Gate (Fitzhenry & Whiteside). Above all, Suzanne loves the challenge of creating lovable and memorable characters, rich in textural detail, who are bursting with personality. She lives in Oakville, Ontario with her husband and four children.



Website: suzannedelrizzo.com
Blog: suzannedelrizzo.blogspot.com
Email: suzanne@suzannedelrizzo.com
Twitter: @SuzanneDelRizzo
Facebook: Suzanne Del Rizzo Studios

Alma Fullerton

Alma Fullerton was born in Ottawa Ontario Canada. She grew up in a large military family and has lived in various cities in Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and Germany. Alma struggled with reading and instead memorized most things, until the age of nine when with the help of her grade four teacher, she realized she had dyslexia. By grade nine Alma loved reading. She now lives in Ontario with her husband and two daughters.

Her six first books have been nominated and/or have won over two dozen awards including the Governor General Finalist 2008, TD Canadian Children's Literature Award finalist 2009, 2011 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award winner 2009, CLA Children's Book of the Year Honor Book 2009, 2011 Golden Oak Award winner 2009, Once Upon a World Children's Book Award Winner - 2009, Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award shortlist - 2010, SilverBirch Award shortlist -2010 Bank Street College Best Children's Books 2009, 2014, Blue Spruce Award 2014, and Kentucky BlueGrass Award 2014/15.

Website: almafullerton.com

Annette Gaffney

Annette Gaffney is an artist whose creative journey (according to her Mother) began with drawing spiders as a toddler. In a quest to find her true artistic passion, she has ventured into many disciplines, including fashion, jewellery and graphic design. In early 1990, she realized that making her hair as big as possible was not where it was at, and that painting (on canvas) was really the medium she found the most fulfilling. Then she had this crazy idea to pursue a career in exhibiting at shows and art galleries in Toronto, Ottawa and P.E.I. Canada. Using a lot of mouth-watering primary colours, Annette paints in a whimsical, bold and outlined style, which reflects her love of colour, line and shape, hailing back to her early colouring book period. One day at an outdoor exhibit, Annette noticed the children liked her art so much that they kept trying to put their little hands on it. Rather than insist their parents purchase the art, she took this as a sign she should create art in a form that was okay for sticky little hands to caress. Since then, she has been hooked on making art and stories for children. Still a bit of a kid herself, she has worked with Canadian school children as an Artist-In-Residence for the Arts Smarts program, whose goal is to engage young people in artistic activity, nurture creative thinking and develop future supporters and practitioners of the arts. Annette is a member of CARFAC, the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) and a family of three (four, if you include the cat). She has received awards from other like-minded souls at group shows in Toronto and Ottawa and has also been fortunate enough to find others who like her art enough to buy and display it in both private and corporate collections in Canada.

Website: annettegaffney.com

Laani Heinar

Laani Heinar is an illustrator and designer who is inspired by the shimmering layer of magic that is woven into our ordinary world. She loves to delve into stories, places, themes and characters, to find and highlight their everyday magic and spirit. Working to capture this mystery through the interplay of colour and pattern, she uses primarily gouache and watercolour, in combination with digital media. Her illustrative work is also guided by the experience of studying textile and fashion design at NSCAD University in Halifax. Currently, Laani lives in Toronto, where she works as a freelance illustrator. She loves to work with children's books and media, magazines, editorial illustrations and surface pattern design.

Website: https://www.laani-heinar.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/laani_/

Chris Jones

Chris Jones has a passion for visual storytelling, and his colorful style focuses on humor and expressiveness. Chris, graduate of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), has worked as both a graphic designer and an illustrator. His illustrations appear in books, graphic novels, magazines and educational materials.

Chris is inspired by good music, good books, long walks, and generous amounts of coffee.


Website: mrjonesey.com



 

Marla Lesage

Marla loves to tell stories – both real and imagined – through urban sketching, painting, illustration, and writing. She lives in New Brunswick with her favourite scallywags, and several fish. She has been published by Chicken Soup for the Soul and Skipping Stones Magazine. Her author/illustrator picture book debut, Pirate Year Round, will be published in 2019 by Acorn Press.

Website: marlalesage.com/
Instagram: instagram.com/marlalesage
Twitter: twitter.com/marlalesage

Hilary Leung

Hilary Leung was born in Hamilton, Ontario where he grew up throwing things, climbing stuff and drawing cartoons. Only one of these activities kept him out of trouble. In grade five, he wrote and illustrated his first picture book, Rover’s Adventure. It was epic, but remains unpublished.

He created his second picture book in art college entitled, "Orpheus & Eurydice". It too was pretty epic, but also remains unpublished.
"Third time's a charm!"

With the help of his good friend David Bruins together they created, "The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear". It took nine months to write, illustrate and self-publish 2000 copies. After quickly breaking sales of 1000 copies, David and Hilary were approached by Kids Can Press about licensing their book. Since then, they have also released, "The Way of the Ninja" and "The Call of the Cowboy".

They are currently developing an animated Ninja Cowboy Bear television series.

Hilary has also teamed up with his brothers (www.TheBrothersLeung.com) on "The Pirate Girl's Treasure An Origami Adventure".

Hilary is following his dream of illustrating children’s books and drawing for a living. He currently lives and works as a freelance graphic artist in the GTA.

Website: S4LE.com
Blog: hilaryleung.blogspot.ca

Tia Mushka

Tia Mushka is a writer, artist and children’s illustrator. Growing up in rural Bruce County surrounded by tall grass, trees, fireflies and plenty of frogs provided her with a magical start to life.  She has lived in Montreal, Vancouver, and Cardiff, Wales and now lives in Cambridge,ON.  Although she has tried her hand at many more serious endeavors, it was having her own children that brought her back to her magical roots and now enjoys being a self-employed children’s illustrator and writer and working in her studio along side her children. She uses cut paper collage, pastel and mixed media to create three dimensional illustrations.

Website: tiamushka.com

Julie Prescesky

Julie Prescesky loves working with her hands - creating, shaping, constructing and deconstructing in a variety of mediums. She's also incredibly practical and eternally optimistic, leaning on humour in the rough spots.
Julie was raised in BC in an enchanting place called Columbia Valley, nestled in the mountains. When she wasn't climbing trees or riding her bike or fishing in small mountain streams, she was drawing. Soon she was writing, too.

Julie went on to study Fine Arts at the University of the Fraser Valley, and then to Nova Scotia College of Art and Design after a year-long visit to the Middle East where she taught children with nationalities ranging from Swedish to Canadian to South African and more. Currently, Julie operates an independent illustration and design studio in Montreal.

Website: julieprescesky.com
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Facebook: facebook.com/DesignInkarnation
Twitter: twitter.com/DesignInkarnate

Lauren Soloy

Lauren has lived on both coasts of Canada, always within reach of the sea. She currently lives in a 140-year-old house in the wilds of Nova Scotia with her librarian husband, two curious children, an ever-expanding collection of books, two hives of bees, and one cat. She has a Visual Arts BFA with Honours from the University of Victoria, and a certificate of Fine Furniture from Camosun College. Along the way, she has learned to make a Queen Anne Highboy, a pottery mug, a hand knit pair of socks, a headstand, and a mess. She is represented by Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists.

Website: www.laurensoloy.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/laurensoloy
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lauren_soloy

Christine Tripp



Website: christinetripp.com

Sue Todd

A childhood fascination with words and pictures led Sue Todd to an eighteen-year career as a professional illustrator. After graduation from OCAD in Toronto, Sue worked as a freelance retail-advertising designer. Looking for a more creative challenge, Sue took up lino carving, an ancient printmaking technique similar to woodcut. Sue’s client list includes Crown Publishing, Barnes & Noble, Klutz Press, Carus Publishing, Highlights for Children, The Detroit Festival of the Arts, McClelland & Stewart, Pearson Education, The Wall Street Journal, and others. Her art was chosen to appear in the 2012 “Three by Three Illustration Annual”, the 2008 volume of Showcase “200 Best Illustrators Worldwide” and the 2002 “Communication Arts Illustration Annual”. Sue particularly enjoys folktales and legends from around the world and any story involving animals.

Website: suetodd.com

Catherine LaPointe Vollmer

Catherine LaPointe Vollmer grew up in New York's "North Country," the area of the state north of the Adirondack Mountains and adjacent to the Canadian border. She earned her BFA in illustration from Syracuse University, then returned to the North and now runs her home studio on a freelance basis. Catherine is a fine artist, a children's book illustrator, and a graphic designer. She enjoys dabbling in many different styles of artwork and always has several projects going at once. She is a member of the SCBWI, her Chamber of Commerce, and her local food co-op. Her current passion project is a series of vintage-style travel posters showing off the natural beauty of her home state.

Website: www.CatherineLaPointe.com
Instagram: instagram.com/lionheart_graphics