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SCBWI…a Saturday at Como Zoo…

February 12, 2011

After a long, frigid week, Saturday the 12th reminds us that spring may be closer than it seems. It was 28 degrees by 11am; a perfect time to go to the zoo and draw.

I joined a crew of illustrators from the MNSCBWI and trekked through the jungles of the Como Park Conservatory. We encountered exotic plants, beautiful collections of flowers and a wide variety of wildlife. Turtles, piranhas, lemurs, gorillas and armies of children lurked around every corner. Some of us were armed with cameras, others with sketch-pads. All of us with one goal in mind; uncover something magical and discover its story. It might be a flower or a tree, or it could be a little girl who couldn’t resist the urge to show Togo the gorilla her new ballerina dress. Whatever we would encounter on our journey, one thing was for certain; if it had a story, we would be sure to capture it.

As it turned out, this illustrator field-trip was a great opportunity to get out of the office, meet a great group of people and watch the real world develop right in front our eyes. Today, I was reminded why I draw and why I love creating visual stories.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 12, 2011 4:20 pm

    It was a pleasure to meet you today, Scott! I’m glad you were able to come and then post this awesome write-up. Looking forward to seeing you at other MNSCBWI events soon!

  2. February 13, 2011 9:23 am

    Nice sketches Scott! I noticed there was an amazing amount of cute smiling kids there on Saturday too (however,I became more focused on the bearded volunteer by the sloth – he had such great facial features)! It was a childrens illustrator’s mecca. Very nice to meet you.

  3. February 14, 2011 8:48 am

    Your story added a sprinkle of magic to the event. Very nice.

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