You heard it in the video above: Action speaks loudest in the kids’ book art you create – especially to the kids who are your main reading audience. Tracy Nishimura Bishop’s own illustrations for children’s books in the trade and educational markets set a superlative example for this. Whether in black and white or full color her book spreads are freeze-framed action-adventure dramas.

And that’s her assignment for next week’s live stream workshop: “Draw three or more kids in motion in a scene together.”

Anthropomorphized animal kids are OK, she adds. But humans and/or animals alike should interact with each other.

She’ll pick about 10 pieces submitted by the group (maybe you?) for informal critique and share her own best secrets about drawing and painting children for the children’s publishing market.

You’ll find more information about Tracy’s February 28 class here.

The February 28 session is the fourth live session in the Drawing Children for Children’s Book Illustration series. Registration gives you access to the replays of three previous workshops with illustrators Cindy Wider,  Shirley Ng-BenitezPatrice Barton, and the remaining workshops in the series: children’s book agent Christy Tugeau Ewers (March 22) and illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal (April 25), who just recently was named winner of the American Library Association’s 2018 Pura Belpré Illustrator Award.


Tracy Bishop is the illustrator of the illustrator of the Pipsie, Nature Detective series of books by Rick DeDonato (Two Lions Press), the Dance Divas series of chapter books by Sheryl Berk (Bloomsbury), Butterfly Wishes series of chapter books by Jennifer Castle and many other books by trade and educational publishers.

Her most recently published work is the picture book Snowball Moon written by Fran Cannon Slayton (Little Bee Books.)

Tracy graduated with a BFA from San Jose State University, concentrating in the animation/illustration program.

Come join us for an exciting program next week!

Art by Tracy Bishop