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Mary’s magic

Children’s book illustrator Mary Sullivan will add “author” to her extensive illustration credits when her new picture book Ball comes out from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt this Spring. Based on the ball chasing dog Mary never had, Ball uses only one word, repeatedly to tell

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“How to Illustrate Children’s Books” A review

Last month we awarded Will Terry’s instructional video series How to Illustrate Children’s Books to the winner of our “Epiphany Essay” contest, Maya Scharke. Since I proffer my own online course on children’s book illustration I was ready to take a fine tooth

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Is it time to really learn Photoshop?

Children’s book illustrators increasingly are using Photoshop to bring their images into the “final art” stage. Photoshop files are the raw materials for building interactive digital books for the iPad and smart phones.  In a previous post Ezra Weinstein,  publisher

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English illustrator Sarah Wade shows us how to “colour” with a digital brush

Children’s book illustrator and surface pattern designer Sarah Wade of Design House Studios in Ipswich,  England has put together a short Photoshop tutorial for us. We’ll get right to work with it in a minute. But first let’s meet the

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Laura’s Medieval Menagerie

  Laura Jennings grew up surrounded by animals in the Texas Hill Country town of Kempner. “I trained my first dog, a Rottweiler for obedience when I was 12,” she says. Maybe that’s why the dynamic animals she’s created for the role playing

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Can you find the missing pencil? Mary Sullivan paints with a wacky Wacom

from “Hidden Picture Playground” (“Highlights for Children” magazine) There are a few things you should know about illustrator Mary Sullivan. She is a yoga instructor. She has a dog named Scout and cats named Rasta and The Cheat who often keep her

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