Baby Steps Series – Step 2: Setting up Shop

Setting Up Shop - Every artist needs a special place where they can go to create, be inspired, and do business as a true professional. When choosing a studio, questions often arise about organizing and decorating the space, what equipment is indispensable to producing quality work, and how to manage one's time. The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles would like to invite you to meet three established artists who will address these questions and share their experience on structuring an ideal workspace for all situations.

Event Info

  • Date: August 27, 2011
  • Time: 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Location: The Sherman Oaks Galleria - COMMUNITY ROOM
    The Sherman Oaks Galleria, 5301 Ventura Blvd # 360 CA 91403-6613
    (located at the South end of the galleria next to the Paul Mitchell School)
  • Cost:
    • Members: Free
    • Students: $5.00
    • Non-Members: $10.00

Please RSVP at or call 800-799-6368.

Featured Panelists

  • Mary Peterson

    Mary Peterson was born and raised in Iowa on a small farm surrounded by cornfields and lots of animals. Those early years in the company of critters large and small continue to provide inspiration for her art.

    Mary is the co-author and illustrator of PIGGIES IN THE PUMPKIN PATCH (Charlesbridge), which was included in the 2010 Society of Illustrators (New York) Original Art Show. She is the illustrator of OCEAN SOUP (Charlesbridge) and WIGGLE AND WAGGLE (Charlesbridge), a Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year and recipient of the Early Childhood News Directors Choice Award. She is represented by Jennifer Rofé of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency and lives in Los Angeles with her husband. Visit Mary’s website

  • Joan Charles

    Joan Charles is an illustrator and writer. She’s currently illustrating The Ice Castle, a middle grade novel, which will be published by Scarletta Press in Spring 2012. Please see her work at

  • Briar Lee Mitchell

    Briar Lee Mitchell, MA, CMI began as an illustrator in 1977 and has degrees from the University of Toledo (Ohio, mcl BA in Art) and the University of California, San Francisco (Masters in Medical and Biological Illustration, scl).

    Joining the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles in 1992 she served as President for two years. Through her association with SILA, she became a member of the Air Force Art Program and traveled around the world with the Air Force to document their work in paintings that are inducted into the National Archives in Washington, DC.

    Currently, Briar runs, Star Mountain Studios, a successful gaming company with her partners RICHARD STERNBERG and ADAM RYAN. They produced an on-line video game with JOE PERRY of Aerosmith and are producing the feature length CGI animated film, Jake’s Shadow, the animated short The King of Ink and an interactive game titled Apparitions with JASON HAWES and GRANT WILSON, the Ghost Hunters.

    Briar is also a member of the faculty at the Art Institute of California, Los Angeles teaching animation and VFX techniques for TV, film and games and is currently pursuing a doctorate (EdD) in Educational Leadership. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on curriculum based educational computer games for the post-secondary student.