Welcome! You’ll find posts on children’s book art, drawing, and painting here.

Mark Mitchell

Mark Mitchell teaches watercolor painting and children’s book illustration at The Contemporary Austin Art School in Austin, Texas, and in his online course, Make Your Marks and Splashes.

His illustrations have appeared in the children’s magazines Cobblestone, Apple Seeds, Cricket, and others, and books, including his own. Raising ‘La Belle’: The Story of the La Salle Shipwreck (Eakin Press), written and illustrated by Mark received the Western Writers of America Spur Award for the category ‘best juvenile nonfiction western book.’

He’s been a featured author-speaker at the Texas Book Festival.

Julie Lake
Julie Lake


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 has 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.

Mark and Julie say, “Thanks for stopping by! We hope you enjoy our blog and our paths cross again soon!”