Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Twelve Days of Christmas

Hi All,

The next challenge for this blog is "The Twelve Days of Christmas."
So get in the spirit of the season and start illustrating!

New illustrators are always welcome. Just email me at if you'd like to participate.


Shantala Robinson

Monday, November 7, 2011

November challenge and event

Hi All,

The November theme for illustration on this blog is "A time to remember...". Please send me anything old or new that fits this theme!

Also, on November 13, we will be having our third sketchcrawl. We'll go to Gastown this time, to do some sketching of old buildings. We'll meet on the corner of Cambie and Water St. by the steam clock at 10:30am. From there, we'll do some walking around and sketching for about an hour to an hour and a half. From there, those of us who wish, can head to the nearby Opus Art store (207 W Hastings St)  to stock up on supplies!

If it's raining, we'll postpone until November 20th. I'll send out an email to confirm. Please email me to let me know if you're attending and that way, we'll know who to wait for.


Shantala Robinson
SCBWI Canada West Illustrator Coordinator

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

October theme

Hi All,

Sorry for the October theme being late! It is: "Ghostly encounters". So, if you have any Hallowe'en-themed illustrations, please send them to me!

We also had a sketchcrawl in early October, and the images from that will be posted soon!


Monday, September 12, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

My Dog Ate My Homework (And Other Excuses)

Hi All,

It's September and time to our monthly illustration challenge again!
Since kids are going back to school, we have a school-themed challenge: "My dog ate my homework (and other excuses)."

Children can come up with the craziest reasons for not doing homework... sometimes they can be real, but sometimes they involve more imagination than reality. The challenge is to depict one of these excuses. Be as inventive as a kid would, and let your imagination fly away!

Just email me the jpeg by the end of September, and I'll post it up with  your name and a link to your website/blog/twitter/facebook page.


Shantala Robinson
Illustrator Coordinator
SCBWI Canada West

Monday, July 25, 2011

Maplewood Farms Sketchcrawl

Hi all,

On Sunday July 24th, some members of our group met at Maplewood farms in North Vancouver for sketchcrawl. We had a blast going around and drawing the animals and people at the farm. Check out some of our drawings!

Nuala O'Seasnain

Theresa Henry-Smith

Alissa Staples

Shantala Robinson

Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Hi All,

We are suspending the illustration challenges for the summer, and substituting it with sketchcrawls!

Our first sketchcrawl will be at Maplewood Farms in North Vancouver on July 24th at 11am.

Please email me for more details (!

Stay tuned for images from the sketchcrawl here!


Friday, June 3, 2011

June Theme: Picnic

The nights are long, the temperature is edging upwards, and people are emerging from their homes to bask in the sunshine... it's almost summer!

So, our theme for June is ... "Picnic".

Have fun and take this one wherever your imagination goes!

SCBWI Canada West Conference

Hello All,

On May 28th we had our SCBWI Canada West conference. We heard talks from a lot of informative speakers.  Among them was Teresa Bubela, artistic director from Orca Book Publishers, who gave a fantastic talk especially for illustrators. Illustrators were also able to do some creative exercises which Teresa critiqued for us. All in all, it was a great conference!


Monday, May 9, 2011

A Whale of a Surprise by Shantala Robinson

Preschool Playground! by Kelly Yarocki!/pages/Kelly-Yarocki/165564293502116

Monday, May 2, 2011

May Challenge: Playground

Hi Everyone,

It's time for our May Challenge. The theme is "Playground." Let your imaginations play!

Also, don't forget our regional conference on May 28th. See here for more info: There is a special illustrator assignment this year for those who wish to participate! Please email me ( for more information.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

April Challenge: Surprise!

Hi All,

Sorry for the delay in getting the new challenge out there.  The April challenge will be "Surprise!"
This should be a fun one- take it in any direction you want! You have until April 30th!



Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Kelly Yarocki- Lion or Lamb?

Sometimes we have to bravely step into our 'lion' suit to stand up for ourselves and our peers! Sometimes we need to decide if we will be one of the herd or if we going to step up and 'roar!' :)

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Lion or Lamb?

Hi All,

Happy Spring (sort of)!

The new concept for March comes from the saying, "In like a lion, out like a lamb." It refers to the weather, but interpret it how you may!

The title is "Lion or Lamb?"


Shantala Robninson

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February Challenge

Hi All,

The February challenge is.... "First Love".

Please also note a new addition to this blog. At the bottom of the first page is a google calendar of illustration-related events that are taking place around the Vancouver area. Please check back frequently as more events are being added all the time. If you have any thing you'd like to add to it, please let me know! You can sync this calendar with yours, if you have a gmail.

Cheers, and happy drawing!

Shantala Robinson
Illustrator Coordinator- SCBWI West

Saturday, January 1, 2011

January Challenge: "New Beginnings"

Hi Everyone,

Happy New Year! I hope you are all eager to start the year with some illustration!

The theme for January 2011 is "New Beginnings."

Enjoy the challenge.


Shantala Robinson
Illustrator Coordinator
SCBWI Canada West