How To Be A Children's Book Illustrator

Mark Mitchell's blog on children's book illustration and fine art fun

The best “drawing secret”

Learn a natural way to pull your drawings together in the first 20 seconds of your sketch — with a special kind of gestural drawing! You’ll find the secret spelled out in this fun preview video from Mark’s online course, Make Your Splashes –Make Your Marks!

two sets of kids gestural drawing


15 Responses

  1. Mark Mitchell says

    I suggest starting with a — like this one is. It’s not WYSIWYG exactly but it’s an easy content management system and free. Later after you’ve got the hang of it you can move to a blog if you like.

  2. @Antiheroe2 says

    Hello Mark,

    How are you? I am gettin´some problems to watch the online webinar Intro to Photoshop Art-Making: Vector and Paint because Steve is explaining the techniques, but the action at the PS screen has a
    delay. What can I do?. I believe is because here, in Venezuela, the internet connection is pretty poor. So, I wish to know if this webinar is able to be downloaded by a direct download, or at Dropbox. I really would like to watch this webinar because is pretty interesting. I´m a graphic designer, but I am trying to learn more about digital illustration. Your website is awesome, and it is a great source of inspiration. So please, I beg your help, and try to help me from there.

    Thanks a lot!
    God bless you.

    Alvaro Morales
    Valencia, Venezuela

    PS: If I can´t download the webinar, exist in PDF format file?

  3. monicaequippingcatholicfamilies says

    Hi there…this is probably a longshot….but I’m wondering how I could help my daughter get a high school co-op credit, illustrating someone else’s children’s book. We live near Toronto, Canada. She has actually helped me illustrate a few products for me in our little Catholic publishing company. (We just released our latest product….she sketched the 42 saints in the craft kit here: )
    are there any illustrator/author associations we could tap into?
    thanks for any help you can give me! Monica mmcconkey a t rogers d o t com

  4. Maria M says

    Great site, I’ll be back when nano month is over.

  5. Howtozed says

    Thanks God, I find a nice website for book illustration.

  6. Karen Anne Brady says

    I’ve tried your gestural drawing … it really helps a lot! Thanks a bunch!

    • Mark Mitchell says

      I’m glad to hear the gesture drawing tutorials helped, Karen!

  7. taramahakita says

    i’m learning illustration too, but still newbie in illustration, i love kids, and also love your post 😀

  8. Mollie Smith says

    I am still working on my website. (Still posting images..etc.) On the other note, could you please tell me how much your video series course costs?

    Thank you,

  9. lonnie ollivierre says

    I am an Illustrator, and will like more info on how one can become a publish Illustrator.

  10. Midge Beard says

    Dear Mark:

    I just went through your website, blog material and course description letter (yes, it was long, but worth it) and I have two words: Thank You. I’ve been out of the loop for a while, and revisited your site to get caught up. You presented (freely and honestly) every question I have ever thought of re: getting started and/or surviving in this business. I sincerely appreciate your willingness to share your experience with others — know that you’ve inspired me to stick with it. Thanks again for sharing your story, your process and your inspiration!! I look forward to getting back to SCBWI meetings and conferences this year! See you soon.

    • Mark Mitchell says

      Thank you so much, Midge! Look forward to seeing you at SCBWI and some of our Inklings meetings. Your website’s looking great, by the way!

  11. C.R.A.F.T. says

    Hi 🙂 I just love blogs and especially meeting blog writers ! This looks like a fun trick…I am going to look into gesture drawing! Thank you for the tip!

    • Mark Mitchell says

      Thanks! 🙂 And your site is full of fun, creative ideas!