The selection was made on the base of a portfolio with some of my drawings sent, once past that point, which honestly got me excited, I was one of 30 or 40 travel books authors selected from the countries invited to this edition, the Iberian peninsula and Latin America.
I hadn´t have a lot of information before arriving there, it was in Clermont that I realized the size of the festival, and the professional level of the participants, sponsors, editors and especially public visiting for 3 days the Congress Centre in Clermont-Ferrand.
Along with my fellow sketchers: Inma Serrano and Luis Ruiz, also selected as exhibitors at the festival, jointly we organized the trip, so that all those hours in car was also a time full of conversations on ideas, projects, artistic interests... a real brainstorming of over 12 hours trips in two separate days of travel.
Professionally my presence in Clermont festival has made me realize that I can actually have job opportunities, on how to present them to the publishers, what is more interesting to them and which are the deadlines you we must work with. Personally, it was very exciting because of the meeting with so many sketchers friends from all over Spain and even Europe, which I had only knew virtually. A total of five days, counting the stay and the trip, full of experiences, meetings with publishers, one radio interview, drawings and photographs.
On the flag: Charlottesville, Virginia, USA sketcher Jessie Chapman sketching at Charlottesville train station with UVA Medical Center in the distance.
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