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Illustrator Day 2019 – Reaching Inside

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Date(s) - 08/17/2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Skirvin Hotel
1 Park Avenue - Oklahoma City, OK 73102


Oklahoma SCBWI Presents


Illustrator Day 2019

“Reaching Inside”

With Art Director Chad Beckerman and

Illustrator Marsha Riti

Are you trying to deliver more heart to your illustrations? Seeking new ways to find the soul of the story through your art, and give children and adults alike the magical experience the story deserves? Our Illustrator-focused event will help you do that!


Illustrator Marsha Riti

Marsha Riti is a two-time SCBWI Austin Regional Conference portfolio winner, published illustrator for more than twelve of the Critter Club series of books (Simon & Schuster), co-moderator of the successful Austin SCBWI Illustrator’s Critique Group, and classically-trained fine artist with a BFA in Studio Art from The University of Texas at Austin.

Marsha’s intensives will give you ways to explore and discover the heart of your illustration work through groundbreaking exercises designed to bring your work to life in wonderful new ways.


Art Director Chad Beckerman

Chad W. Beckerman is an award-winning designer and creative director. He has worked at ABRAMS where he oversaw the design of picture books, novels, graphic novels and art and entertainment books. He currently works for both SmartInk LLC and  Levine Querido Books. 

He is the designer behind such successful children series as Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Origami Yoda, Rosie Revere, Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales, Frank Einstein, The Terrible Two, Bill Nye’s Jack and Geniuses. In addition he is the art director and designer behind  over forty New York Times bestselling books including the Caldecott Honor and Corretta Scott King Award winning Trombone Shorty illustrated by Bryan Collier, and Newbery Medal honor books El Deafo by Cece Bell and Heart of the Samuari.

Chad has worked with a huge array of artists including, Art Spiegelman, John Hendrix, Jillian Tamaki, Isabelle Arsenault, Bryan Collier, Brian Selznick, Jules Fieffer, Sophie Blackall,  Cory Godbey, Victo Ngai, Yuko Shimizu, and Jeff Kinney.  

Chad now runs his own design studio in Brooklyn. : Clients include: Wimpy Kid, Inc., Harpercollins/Greenwillow, SmartInk Books LLC, Levine Querido, LionsForge Comics, FTRF Foundation, ABRAMS

Chad will present a keynote, answer questions regarding the industry and present a pre-event assignment designed to not only challenge but help you discover ways to find or strengthen your illustration style, and will be critiqued by him, with more exercises at the event! (Pre-event assignment to be given upon registration confirmation.)



The Oklahoma SCBWI 2019 Illustrator Day is Saturday, August 17, 2019 from 9 AM to 6:00 PM. The cost includes lunch. Prices are:

  • Early-bird Member (Before June 17th) – $75.00
  • Member (From June 18th until August 17th) – $95.00
  • Non-Member Early-bird (Before June 17th) – $125.00
  • Non-member Student**(From June 18th until August 17th) – $105.00
  • Non-member (From June 18th until August 17th) – $145.00
What are my payment options?
You may pay via Debit/Credit card or mail a check (You will not be considered registered until the check clears the bank) to:
1205 S. Air Depot #199
Midwest City, OK 73110


Is lunch included? Yes, lunch is included in the prices. Coffee, tea and water also will be provided. Breakfast is not provided.


Membership: The difference between the non-member ticket price and the member price is equivalent to roughly half a year’s membership. If you would like to become a member before registering, you can do so at

**SCBWI has a Student membership. If you are a Student SCBWI member, you can login to the website and get a discount that’s lower than the Member rate. For more information about Student member, go to


Hotel Information: The Skirvin is giving us a special rate of $139 a night until July 17, 2019. Please click on this link to go to their page and book a room:


What to Bring: Bring your favorite art supplies and be prepared to have a challenging and rewarding time of renewal to bring your illustration work to vibrant and soulful new life.


After you have logged in to our website, you can access your registration details by clicking on the My Home button in the top right corner, then clicking Event History in the menu on the left side of the page. A list with all the SCBWI events that you have registered for in the past 2 years will appear. 



We understand that situations change and things come up. If you have to cancel your reservation for the event after you’re registered, you may get a full refund up to July 5th, 2019. After that, you may receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be issued for portfolio reviews after July 19th, 2019. If you cancel a portfolio review prior to July 19th, 2019, you will get a refund ONLY if there’s a wait list and your spot is filled. No refunds will be issued for reviews that were missed during the event, unless the faculty member performing them has to cancel.



Portfolio reviews cost $40 for a 10-minute one-on-one review. CHAD IS GIVING SCBWI MEMBERS A DISCOUNT: While they last, members pay $32.00 for a portfolio review.

For illustrator portfolio reviews, bring your portfolio on the day of the event.


The Portfolio Showcase offers illustrators a chance to display their work. Portfolios will be on display at the Oklahoma SCBWI Illustrator Day August 17th, 2019, open for viewing by all event attendees and faculty.

To be included in the Portfolio Showcase, you must sign up for it when you register. There is no fee.


SIZE – No wider than 29″ or taller than 12″ when opened (interior page sizes from 8”x10”-11″x14”.)

PORTFOLIO DROP-OFF – 7:30-8:30 am on Saturday, August 17th, 2019. Participants should pick up their portfolios at the end of the day.

LABELED – Make sure your name is located inside your portfolio.

FORMAT – Portfolios should be a standard format, which can lay flat on the display table. For liability reasons, no electronic portfolios, such as iPads, will be allowed as part of the showcase. If you only bring an electronic portfolio, it will not be displayed and your reservation fee will not be refunded.

CONTENT – The portfolio should contain no more than 10-15 representational pieces of your BEST artwork and any dummies or sketchbooks that you may wish to show.

DUMMY BOOK – If you are bringing a book dummy, remember to attach it to your portfolio (a long piece of string or twine is a common solution).

PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS – Any promotional postcards or business cards will be placed alongside the illustrator’s portfolio. For space reasons, nothing beyond a portfolio and postcards (or business cards) will be allowed in the Showcase.

NO PUBLISHED BOOKS – For space reasons, please do not bring copies of published books to display in the Showcase. If you want to include published work, put the artwork in your portfolio.

NO ORIGINAL ARTWORK – Remember NO ORIGINAL ARTWORK should be included in your portfolio. Have high-quality color copies of your art in your portfolio instead.

QUESTIONS? – If you have additional questions about the Portfolio Showcase, please email Illustrator Coordinator Jerry Bennett.


Are there other promotional opportunities for illustrators?

Yes! All illustrator attendees who are members of SCBWI may send us promotional postcards of their work to be included in the faculty gifts. Postcards must be a maximum of 6 inches by 8 inches and must be received by Illustrator Coordinator Jerry Bennett by July 28th, 2019. Illustrators will receive information about how to submit their postcards after they register.


This does not answer all my questions. Who can I ask for more information?

Additional questions can be emailed to OK SCBWI Illustrator Coordinator Jerry Bennett at