How To Be A Children's Book Illustrator

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

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A party in February

Erik Kuntz, Amy Rose Capetta and Nick Alter made this video of the Austin Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators 2012 Regional Conference, Something for Everybody.  I get a kick out of how the thumbnail on YouTube shows me in the crowd, getting a hug from illustrator Marsha Riti. So of course I had to include it here. Erik,… Read More

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

Dogged Daily Drawing

Cartoonist,  comics artist-author, web designer  Erik Kuntz drew a dog every day for a year. And now he can draw them out of his head quite easily. I know this because I saw him do it with my own eyes a few weeks ago.  I was sitting across the table from him at Central Market… Read More

Awesome Austin Writers roll up their T-shirt sleeves

A mega-critique of 26 children’s and YA published and soon-to-be-published authors, the Awesome Austin Writers Workshop  ended Sunday, June 29, and everyone drove home in shock.  Shock because it was over and had gone so well and we realized  that we weren’t coming back to hang out with each other again the next day. The workshop took place in the 1920s-vintage Austin, Texas home of authors Greg and Cynthia… Read More