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8-24-2014 10-57-51 PMWelcome!  You’ll find posts on children’s book art, painting, drawing and artists here. My name is Mark Mitchell and I teach classes in children’s book illustration and watercolor at The Contemporary Austin Art School in Austin, Texas and in my online course, Make Your Marks and Splashes: A Natural Approach to Children’s Book Illustration.

I’ve illustrated my own and other authors’ books and for the children’s magazines 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 and the U.S. Maritime Literature Award.  

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy the blog and our paths cross again soon.

 

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