How To Be A Children's Book Illustrator

Mark Mitchell's blog on children's book illustration, artists and art instruction

children’s book illustrators’

The real Dr. Seuss

Green eggs and ham by Dr. Seuss

Yesterday elementary schools across the country pounced upon the National Education Association’s Read Across America Day and its patron saint, The Cat in the Hat — I mean, Dr. Seuss, aka Theodore Geisel. Three things you might not know about Geisel, whose March 2 birthdate the NEA commandeers evey year for its celebration of young readers and reading ed awareness: There really… Read More

Illustrators, earn your Raccoon Badge of Honor?

Vector Illustration by Wendy Martin, advocate for children's book illustrators

Vector art illustration — not just for business logos and T-shirt designs anymore.  Children’s book illustrators like Wendy Martin use it in their fine art creation and the books they illustrate for publishers of all kinds. The short video below catches a short dialogue between Wendy and I on this topic during last week’s Marks and Splashes group critique.… Read More

Catching Willie Mays (in a children’s book illustration)

Terry Widener

How perfect that award-winning children’s book artist Terry Widener has done the pictures for the new picture book by Jonah Winter (just released by Schwartz and Wade) about the greatest all around baseball player ever — Willie Mays. Terry brings a background of high level advertising and editorial illustration and something else to the many… Read More

Author-illustrator, children’s book artists’ den mother

What publishing genre relies on art and pictures more than any other? Children’s book publishing, of course.   But for a long time the professional organization of children’s book writers and illustrators did not have an illustrators’ spirit guide. The change began when picture book artist Tomie de Paola nudged his fellow board members of the… Read More

“Let’s Board It Up!” The Magic of the Storyboard

This Google Video clip from the promo documentary Finding Lady: The Art of Storyboarding  has been circulating around the art and cartoon blogs recently. Disney animator Eric Goldberg explains how the Disney artists have always used storyboards as a developmental first step in their animation productions. The clip goes on to show how movie makers from Alfred Hitchcock to Kevin… Read More

When is it OK for adults to criticize other adults? Answer: At a portfolio critique session, of course.

Some members of “The Inklings” picture book critique group review their portfolios at a pre-conference “emergency session” at Austin’s Central Market Cafe in April.  One of many critique groups in the  Society of  Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Austin Chapter, these “Inklings” were preparing to have their work examined by their peers and artists’ agent Christina Tugeau at the Austin SCBWI Spring Conference that Saturday. Left to right around are… Read More

Illustrators’ round-up

 Swedish folk art-inspired? From “Gustaf Tenggren’s Tell It Again Book” courtesy of ASIFA- Hollywood Animation Archive Now that we’ve got the elephant in the room (the year’s Caldecott winner) out of the way,  we can talk of other children’s illustration news. School Library Journal serves up coverage of the National Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) 2007 Golden… Read More