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How To Be A Children's Book Illustrator

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

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“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

What the heck is an e-book, anyway?

Children’s book illustrators, artistrators, writers take note: These guys kind of say it all. The trailer is by animator, web designer, online comics creator Erik Kuntz  (who also happens to be our SCBWI chapter’s webmaster.) Briefly, the Second Annual Austin SCBWI Digital Symposium is October 6 at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. But for the… Read More

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

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

Karien’s Creative Cache

We first interviewed children’s illustrator Karien Naude of South Africa back in May 2009. Back then she was just starting, completely self-taught as an artist and working as a paralegal at a law firm in downtown Johannesburg. She was among the first students to sign up for Make Your Splashes Make Your Marks. Somehow we were friends… Read More

Lessons from the Ukraine

Hey, is this a picture book? As  children’s book illustrators  descend on Los Angeles this weekend for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Summer Conference it’s good to know that inspiration can also come  from other parts of the world. The video has been circulating around the art blogs in recent days.  We… Read More

A penguin who waddles in his sleep

Author-illustrator Sarah Ackerley signs “Patrick the Somnambulist” (Blooming Tree Press) for a young fan at Bookpeople. The prose is just so beguiling that I want to quote the whole thing — word for word — the whole picture book up here on the blog. The book would be Patrick the Somnambulist, published by Blooming Tree Press.… 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