Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

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  • Shiho Pate creates both warmth and a kind of simplistic imperfection in her work that is both endearing and enduring. Recent kudos: on the heels of her SCBWI national Feature in September —
  • How long have you been a member of SCBWI? What’s the most impactful thing you have learned from being in SCBWI? I’ve only recently re-joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  I was a member many years ago, but not an active one.  I joined almost immediately after graduating college, but I never took the opportunity at the time, to explore the nuanced world of children’s books, or what the Society had to offer. I think I was overwhelmed by all the ‘options’ I had as an artist at the time. What medium(s) do you use to illustrate? The work I produce these days is primarily digital.  It’s much easier for me to illustrate this way, especially considering how I approach an image.  Even when I have a solid concept, I often like to experiment by changing my layout, composition, color, and so on.  All of which is much easier to do, digitally. My preferred peripheral is my iPad, although occasionally I work across platforms, using multiple programs if the file reaches a certain threshold.  I typically juggle a project between Procreate, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Corel Painter, depending on what I’m trying to accomplish. What is your illustration process? My process honestly depends on what I am illustrating, but the order is usually the same.  If I don’t have a clear idea, I start by sketching on my iPad in Procreate. Depending on the level of detail or needs for the illustration I am doing, I will do a bit of research about it, or gather reference images.  Once I’ve nailed my layout, or sketch, I will either clean it up in Procreate, or take it into illustrator.  I typically work in several layers, so if I know a project is going to get really detailed, I move it over to my desktop, and work on it in Painter. The final version however, is always transferred into Photoshop for editing (as needed). Finally, I like to proof my work.  Even when I am satisfied with how it looks on screen, I need to know what the image will look like when it’s printed. Depending on the detail, it can take a few passes, and honestly, this can be the most challenging part of the whole process. [video width=
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Our region includes Orange County, San Bernardino, Riverside and Long Beach. We have sunny beaches, snow-capped mountains, and scenic deserts. We are also home to incredible writers and illustrators who mingle and hone their craft at monthly meet-ups and critique groups, an annual retreat and an

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  SoCal SCBWI fans showing support for Steve Bramucci’s DANGER GANG #2! The signing took place at the most awesome children’s bookstore in SoCal, Whale of a Tale.   Monthly meet-up critique groups sharing resources for children’s writers!