Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Monthly Meeting: Combining Traditional and Digital Illustration Techniques with Lalena Fisher – IN PERSON

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Date(s) - 10/15/2022
10:00 am - 11:00 am

603 N. Lamar - Austin, TX 78703


Lalena Fisher created her upcoming book Friends Beyond Measure using a combination of traditional and digital methods. Fisher will show how she went from a digital sketch to pencil-and-marker drawings, and finally to Photoshop to achieve a playful, casual hand-drawn look. In Friends Beyond Measure, Ana draws charts and graphs of her friendship with her bestie before and after Harwin finds out she is moving away. Friends Beyond Measure will be published by HarperCollins and on shelves Feb. 28, 2023. It is now available for pre-order!

Lalena Fisher earned her MFA in painting/new forms at Pratt Institute in New York City while assisting Matthew Barney in his studio. She later designed for the shows Blue’s Clues and The Wonder Pets while writing and performing music as leader of The Color Guard. Fisher creates information graphics for The New York Times; makes fine art painting and sculpture; designs logos and printed matter; illustrates for children’s publishing; and rocks out with her daughter as The Mothermold. She is a member of the Girlillustrators critique group.

The meeting will start at 10am at BookPeople. However, if you can not make it in person due to distance or health, we will attempt to stream it live on Zoom and ask the panel any questions put into the Zoom chat. As usual, the Zoom meeting code will be put on here the morning of the event.

If you’re coming in person, please wear a mask. We also STRONGLY ENCOURAGE elbow bumps and social distancing. Also, if you feel sick, have been exposed to COVID or Monkeypox, or have tested positive in the past 5 days, please stay home and participate on Zoom. While lower numbers have allowed us to be in person, COVID is no where near gone, and now Monkeypox is also a consideration. Please do everything you can to keep yourself and others safe.

The Central Austin Writers & Illustrators Critique Group will immediately follow in the meeting room on the third floor of BookPeople. COVID precautions apply here too. If you can’t make this in-person critique group, please consider attending one of our other critique groups that are still on Zoom.

If you are hearing impaired and need a sign language interpreter for this event, please email Regional Advisor Samantha M Clark at with your request. Please note that we will need a week’s notice.