Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Monthly Meeting: A Different Road to an Illustration Career with Laura Fisk – ONLINE

Date(s) - 11/07/2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am


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Illustrator Laura Fisk
Photo by Meg Mulloy

Having a small paper and home goods business selling dish towels and greeting cards online and in retail stores doesn’t seem like the clearest road to book illustration, and well it’s not! And that’s ok.

As we all know, the path in a creative career is not a straight shot, and there’s different ways in, to reach similar goals.

Laura will cover how and why she started her business Fisk and Fern; some tips to starting your own small business; why you should start before you feel ready; and how to pivot into book illustration.

Laura is a freelance illustrator working out of Austin, Texas. She is thrilled to have her first illustrated book out with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, “Sleeping bags to S’Mores,” a camping guide book by Heather Balogh Rochfort and William Rochfort.

She is also the owner of Fisk & Fern, a little paper and household goods company featuring her silly and strange characters. Her work is hand drawn using her iPad pro and an army of pens and pencils, with her background in printmaking informing her process. There’s always a good dose of silliness in her work, and hopes to make people chuckle and smile through her goofy illustrations. In addition to doing work for Cricket Media, her work has been featured in Buzzfeed and Parade Magazine amongst other wonderful places. She lives in Austin, TX with her husband, young son, and ridiculous pug, Salsa.

The monthly meeting will be immediately followed by an Open Critique Group for SCBWI members.