How To Be A Children's Book Illustrator

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One Illustration Reverie; Two Real Deals

What does this short animated clip have to do with John Singer Sargent or children’s book illustration? A quoi ca sert l’amour,  a short animation by Louis Clichy, with thanks to illustrator  and animation/game artist Amanda Williams for finding this.  She called  it “brutal and adorable.” If a child-friendly story had illustrations with these lines… Read More

Illustrators and the conference

Massive, and I do mean massive blog coverage of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) National Conference in Los Angeles at  The Official SCBWI Conference Blog. The team-blogging effort was led by Alice Pope, who edits the Children’s Writers and Illustrators Market, the annually updated directory published by Writer’s Digest Books. I… Read More

Tiny Dummies

Who would have guessed that Caldecott Medal Winner Brian Selznick’s final pencil illustrations for his picture books were so small? This  video emulates the silent film montages that are in the spirit of the book that won the American Library Association’s 2008 Caldecott Medal. ] Michele Ammon interviews  Selznick for a nifty Expanded Books video… Read More

Paper Engineers!

Two members of our Inklings Picture Book critique group recently made a pilgrimage  to see the original pop-up art of Robert Sabuda and David Diaz in an exhibit “The Wizards of Pop-up.”  It was at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature in Abilene, Texas. Austin author-illustrators Christy Stallop and Erik Kuntz basically spent the… Read More

“You’re supposed to kind of wear the book.” David Macaulay

Wear the book.  Be in the square. Make test books. Do it on tracing paper. Author illustrator David Macaulay puts words to his latest process in this video shot by fellow author-illustrator Thatcher Hurd for the San Francisco Center for the Book’s recent exhibition,’Once Upon a Book.’ English born, an honors architecture  graduate of the… Read More

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