Welcome! You’ll find posts on children’s book illustration, painting, drawing, art, and artists here. My name is Mark Mitchell. I teach classes in watercolor painting and children’s book illustration at The Contemporary Austin Art School in Austin, Texas, and in my Marks & Splashes online learning programs.
I’ve illustrated my own and other authors’ books and for children’s magazines, including Cobblestone, Apple Seeds, and Cricket. My book for upper elementary grades, Raising ‘La Belle’: The Story of the La Salle Shipwreck (Eakin Press) received the Western Writers of America Spur Award for best western juvenile nonfiction book and the U.S. Maritime Literature Award.
Julie Lake is the author of Galveston’s Summer of the Storm, a young adult novel about an Austin teen caught up in the devastating 1900 Texas hurricane (TCU Press). Her other publishing credits include writing and editing for business organizations, publications, and freelance clients. She’s the editor for the This Way That Way Drawing blog.
She has served as regional advisor for the Austin (Central Texas) chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and been a featured author-speaker and panel moderator at the Texas Book Festival. In recent years, Julie has helped teens and younger students find books they love in her jobs with school libraries and elementary classroom teaching.
Thanks for stopping by! We hope you enjoy our blog and our paths cross again soon.