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How To Be A Children's Book Illustrator

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

“Make Your Splashes; Make Your Marks”’

“A marvelous way to tell a difficult story”

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

The upcoming Austin SCBWI Graphic Novel Workshop on Saturday, October 5 promises to be a day for writers and illustrators, writer-illustrators and anyone interested in exciting alternative literary forms for children, teens and young adults. OK, plenty of adults read them, too. Webcomics creator, animator, digital content creator and our SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book… Read More

How to build a robot in Quark

Children’s book author-illustrator Annette Simon works hard to make her picture books playful. Or, maybe more accurately, she plays hard to make her picture books work.   Her Robot Zombie Frankenstein! (Candlewick Press) delivers an exhilarating,  escalating battle of wits, creativity, costumery and dessert in 72 words. The bright pictures suggest Colorforms — the plastic stick-ons found in kindergarten toy boxes — but they’re… Read More

2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 120,000 times in 2011. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 5 days for that many people to see… Read More

Conjuring a young witch’s world in watercolor

University of Texas BFA grad Marsha Riti worked at her first creative love, ceramics before she saw an opportunity to make some extra money with her studio art craft — illustrating books for children. She did some additional study (including taking my class at the AMOA Art School), joined the Austin chapter of the Society of Children’s… 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

Spherical Thinking

More from the amazing Dick Termes.  His one-man show, Thinking In the Round will be on display through the end of this in Rapid City, South Dakota. What can children’s book illustrators learn from his work? I think, that we grasp artistic perspective most easily when we think in a round way. * * *… 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