Tuesday, May 19, 2009
I Heart Elizabeth Parisi
The art director at the 18th SCBWI WWA Annual Conference was Scholastic's very own crazy lovely Executive Art Director, Elizabeth Parisi. Elizabeth oversees all the Scholastic hardcover trade imprints (except Blue Sky) and has a staff of 3 designers. Together they design something like 150 books or so a year?!? And she is responsible for so many beautiful Scholastic covers...
And I could list them all if I hadn't been late to her session because of a consultation appointment. AND if Elizabeth hadn't made me pee my pants upon entering the session because she did something so totally awesome:
It is hard to see, but these covers are actually from the dummies she received from us conference attendees that she had consultations with. This LADY, who is reading every manuscript she receives for work AND overseeing 150 books AND traveling across the country AND critiquing our dummies AND hosting this session went and scanned art from our dummies, added color to them, added type, AND created freaking COVERS for our dummies for her talk on 'What Makes A Good Cover.'
My THE BUNS MAKE DINNER is hiding in the upper left corner. Jen's Grand Prize winning art is in the lower right corner.
My consultation with Elizabeth was the next morning and she had printed out the practice cover she made and gave it to me! >Squeal!< Elizabeth gave me great, great feedback on my dummy which I am hoping to jump on this week.
I have a new children's book industry crush and it is Elizabeth Parisi. I'm sure I'm not alone.
**** Late breaking update to this post****
I'm such a dork! Awesome illustrator Kjersten ALSO has her dummy cover mocked-up up there, the adorable armadillo, crow and opossum are top center.