Fellow SCBWI member John Deininger is part of the SCBWI Illustrator Mentorship Award Winners from the 2010 L.A. Conference. The Mentorship Award is presented to six illustrators participating in the annual SCBWI Portfolio Showcase, "whose publishable work shows great promise and potential". The purpose goes beyond just the selection, in that the Mentorship Program is an intense advance-level portfolio critique that includes both individual reviews with each Mentor, and a culminating critique peer meeting with all Mentors and Mentees.
There are six mentees in the program, and they enjoyed meeting each other so much that we decided to launch this site so that we could share our progress as well as information and tips for other illustrators interested in the children's publishing industry. Here's the link for the mentee blog.