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Ask a Pro: Social Media for Illustrators

Presented by Illustrators Priscilla Alpaugh and Ed Shems.
This webinar originally aired April 3, 2019.

Learn best practices for using social media for self-promotion and creative community building during this interactive webinar.
What is the best way to utilize social media for illustrators? Which platforms are most effective? Can it really make a difference in your online presence?

Priscilla and Ed demonstrate how they use Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms to participate in online illustration communities, promote their work, and connect with their peers. They’ll talk about learning to refine and hone your messaging, and which creative professionals they look to for social media inspiration.

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Meet Our Presenters

Social Media for Illustrators is an interactive webinar led by our two illustrators and Guild members.

Priscilla Alpaugh Bio:

Priscilla Alpaugh studied Illustration at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and UMass Amherst. She completed her graduate studies at Syracuse University. While raising her family she made art whenever she could. She moved into a studio at ArtSpace Maynard in 2001. While her kids grew up she did logo design, murals, painted traffic signal boxes, made t-shirts and greeting cards and did several book projects for self publishing clients. As her kids moved on to college she started illustrating full time. Her first picture book came out in 2015.  She won the NESCBWI Portfolio Showcase the same year. She lives in Greater Boston with her husband. They have two grown children.

Priscilla is a member of the New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the American Society of Bookplate Collectors and Designers. she currently serves as the New England Representative for the Graphic Artists Guild.

She loves New England and everything about it. Her other interests are cooking, sea kayaking, hiking, the outdoors and pretty much all animals, Corgis in particular. Priscilla is represented by the CAT Agency in New York.  @scillabert

Ed Shems Bio:

Ed Shems is a RISD graduate and has been freelancing for more than 27 years. He’s a middle grade and younger book illustrator. He is currently writing his own chapter books and graphic novels. Ed is an award-winning graphic designer and an un-awarded gardener. He’s the co-founder of Creative Relay and the Special Guests Coordinator for the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE).

In 2014, Ed testified before members of the House of Representatives on behalf of The Graphic Artists Guild, The Copyright Alliance and all visual artists concerning copyright issues.

You can find him online at and @edfredned

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