How To Be A Children's Book Illustrator

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

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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 of a dog who dreams of chasing a certain red ball. The Junior Library Guild, a library… Read More

“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 comb to this “competitor” that several of my illustrator buddies and colleagues were giving high marks… Read More

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 of InteractBooks discussed the need for Photoshop layers from illustrators. Here in the above video… Read More

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 two characters she’ll feature in her tutorial. Hey Pretty Kitty from Sarah Wade on Vimeo.… Read More

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 company in her studio when she’s working. She draws all the time. She’s not driven to… Read More