October 30, 2010

How to Illustrate a Children's Book

Illustrator Heather Castles shares a fantastic post the process of illustrating a book. She shares the questions she asks, the planning, research, etc. Take a look!

How to Impress an Art Director

Computer Arts has a great article here with some tips on self-promotion.

October 23, 2010

Illustrator Links of Interest

I forgot to post these after the last meeting.  Here are a ton of resources for you guys to read through.

Conference Posts:
*Entire LA SCBWI 2010Conference notes, interviews and articles on official blog:

*Three part Conference wrap-up from another illustrator’s perspective:

*Quick Takeaway from the conference:

Advice from the Teetering Bulb: http://www.teeteringbulb.com/?p=1239

Arthouse’s Sketchbook Project 2011
(I’m doing this as are many children’s illustrators. Good way to get work seen as well as a great networking project. We share our work on Twitter and Facebook. )

Twitter’s Social Activities: Look for the hashtags (#topic)
Follow Fridays: #FF or #followfriday
Writer’s Wednesdays: #WW
Tweetchat Schedule: (easiest to do on Tweetdeck or Tweetchat)
*Sunday @8:30PM CST- #pblitchat
Transcripts and Req’d password here: http://picturebooksonly.wordpress.com/

*Tuesday night @ 8PM CST-#kidlitchat
Transcripts posted here: http://www.thehappyaccident.net/kidlitchat-transcripts/

*Thursday @ 8PM CST- #kidlitart- illustrators chat. New topic every week.
Transcripts posted here: http://kidlitart.blogspot.com/

Compiling Contacts:
Children's Book Council site:
SCBWI market lists (available for download to members only at http://www.scbwi.org/)
Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market; new edition published annually
Harold Underdown's Who's Moving Where? page at The Purple Crayon
Interviews on sites such as IllustrationMundo
Browse the publishers' list at JacketFlap
Compile your own database from items in PW's Children's Bookshelf (free online newsletter) and Publisher's Marketplace (online subscription news service)

Book You Can't Live Without

I have copied the transcript from one of the #kidlitart chats for y'all.  It's so fascinating and helpful. (And I can recommend several of these!) If buying these aren't in your budget, do check your local library and Half-Price Books to see if they have them in stock.



Perspective for Comic Book Artists: How to Achieve a Professional Look in Your Artwork, by David Chelsea

Perspective, by William F. Powell

Perspective Drawing Handbook, by Joseph D'Amelio

Creative Layout: Perspective for Artists, by Thomas Denmark and Leandro Ng Budiono


Prepare to Board! Creating Story and Characters for Animated Features and Shorts, by Nancy Beiman



Drawing People: How to Portray the Clothed Figure, by Barbara Bradley

Figure Drawing For All It's Worth, by Andrew Loomis

People and Poses, by Buddy Scalera

Figure Drawing Without a Model, by Ron Tiner

Creating Characters with Personality: For Film, TV, Animation, Video games and Graphic Novels, by Tom Bancroft

The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation, by Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas

How to Draw Animals, by Jack Hamm

Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes: The Walt Stanchfield Lectures Volumes 1 & 2, by Walt Stanchfield and Don Hahn

Dynamic Figure Drawing, by Burne Hogarth

Anatomy books by George Bridgman


Creative Illustration, by Andrew Loomis

How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way, by Stan Lee and John Buscema

Paint Watercolors That Dance With Light, by Elizabeth Kincaid



Photoshop 7 for Dummies (newer editions available for later editions of Photoshop)

Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market, 2011 edition now available

Lynda.com (software training online)


Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books, by Uri Shulevitz

Understanding Comics; Making Comics; Reinventing Comics; series by Scott McCloud

Children's Book Illustration: Step by Step Techniques: A Unique Guide from the Masters, by Jill Bossert

Illustrating Children's Books: Creating Pictures for Publication, by Martin Salisbury

Picture This: How Pictures Work, by Molly Bang

How to Animate Film Cartoons, by Preston Blair

Writing and Illustrating Children's Books for Publication: Two Perspectives, by Berthe Amoss and Eric Suben

Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide from Story Creation to Publication, by Ann Whitford Paul

The Making of Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers (video)


Tim Biskup

Jim Flora

Taschen Books (publisher)

Victor Ambrus

Alphonse Mucha


The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, by Steven Pressfield

Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom, ed. by Leonard S. Marcus

The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life, by Twyla Tharp

Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, by David Bayles and Ted Orland

Suggestions for Improving as an Artist, by John Clapp (text of class handout)

June 29, 2010

Roberta Baird ~ Postcards

I just ordered my postcards from Vista Prints.... I updated my business cards too.... new telephone number! Then I realized I forgot the dash in the phone number. I guess that's what happens when you're working at 2:00 AM. Sheesh! I usually send postcards quarterly.... fingers crossed... but I'm stepping it up this year....  fingers and toes crossed!

Thank you Diandra for setting up this website. I hope we can all get to know one another in the Houston area!

June 22, 2010

Changing styles?

Bridgette Mongeon here.

I am new to the group. A writer and a sculptor. I have several things published but nothing for this age category. My hold up? I won't let anyone else illustrate my own work. So I am trying to make a comitment to work towards illustrating my own writing.

I have been a sculptor for 30 years and have not done true illustration in a long time. I'll have to post some of my older work, but I have to get them scanned. They are copied into slides- that shows you how long ago I was an illustrator.

My brain just seems to work in 3d now that I have spent all of these years doing sculpture and so I am trying to use tools like zbrush and mudbox ( digital sculpting tools) to help me illustrate. It seems to help my brain work better to think in the 3d space. To loosen up with the program I have created some quick sketches 30 minute sketches. So I am going to chime in here and add those.

I have more in this little video if you want to check it out. I created it to show the process. thanks for letting me share. I'm sure I'll have more soon. http://www.creativesculpture.com