How To Be A Children's Book Illustrator

Mark Mitchell's blog on children's book illustration and artists

Brian Selznick’

“Little toddler feet and hands all over my wall…”

Children’s book illustrator Patrice Barton begins a picture book with a spiral ruled notebook that she soon fills with ideas, tactics and to-do checklists related to the project. It’s almost as if the words come first. The drawings, which for her are a series of tireless explorations only a tiny fraction of which make it to… 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

Caldecott Conversations: “Hugo” has the pictures…

So much for the requirement that picture books have 32 pages. Brian Selznick told his children’s story The Invention of Hugo Cabret in 530 pages — and it won the 2008 Caldecott Medal. You know? The Caldecott Medal !! The American Library Association (ALA) awards it each year to the artist of what the association decides is the most… Read More