Author-illustrators Jeff Crosby and Shelley Ann Jackson have MFAs from the School of Visual Arts and have illustrated (and written) children’s books together.

Their book Harness Horses: Bucking Broncos and Pit Ponies: a History of Horse Breeds (Tundra Press) will be out this October and Jeff’s hilarious picture book, Wiener Wolf (Hyperion) will be released in July.

Illustrated by Jeff Crosby and Shelley Ann Jackson

Mark Mitchell, who hosts this blog recently visited with them.

In this four-minute clip from the interview, Jeff shares a painting tip and a few pages from his sketchbook.

In the candid 90 minute interview, Jeff and Shelley reveal an incredible amount about the work and processes of a children’s book illustrator.  The 2011 version of Make Your Splashes – Make Your Marks! the online course features the full interview and new video visits every month with professional children’s book illustrators.A History of Dog Breeds by Jeff Crosby and Shelley Ann Jackson

Because sometimes you can learn from a personal conversation with a working professional then you can from a whole semester of lessons.