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8-24-2014 10-57-51 PMWelcome!  You’ll find tidbits on children’s book illustration, children’s book artists and other art topics here. 

My name is Mark Mitchell. I’m the creator of Make Your Marks and Splashes, an online course on children’s book illustration and other online art-related programs.

For many years I’ve taught classes in watercolor and children’s book illustration at The Contemporary Austin Art School in Austin Texas.

I’m the author-illustrator of three books for upper elementary grade readers. I’ve illustrated 20 books by other authors and many stories for the Carus children’s magazines, Cobblestone, and Appleseeds.

I hope that you enjoy this blog and our paths cross again soon!

My book Raising La Belle (Eakin Press) won the Western Writers of America Spur Award for best juvenile nonfiction western book and the U.S. Maritime Literature Award. You’ll find examples of my illustration work here.


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