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Last year I hosted a survey about income in children’s book illustration. Two hundred children’s book illustrators responded, and the results were fascinating! I’m prepping for this year’s survey and it’s got me thinking about a big myth that seems to hover over the children’s publishing industry: Everyone is getting rich off children’s book royalties! […]

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There’s a strange vibe I’ve noticed recently surrounding digital art. Maybe it’s the pandemic getting to people. Maybe it’s just the internet’s tendency to judge everything. The vibe is that digital art isn’t as respected as traditional art. Now, that’s just crazy. For a couple of reasons. Is digital art on the same level as […]

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Today let’s combine two of my favorite things: adding painted textures to digital art and saving time! I’m saving time here because instead of creating new textures for every single illustration, I’ve built a texture library full of texture overlays and texture stamp brushes that I can use over and over again. Excuse me while […]

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If you a) follow me on Instagram or b) get my Friday newsletter, you already know a secret: I’ve been working on changing my style. The desire to incorporate my analog elements hit me earlier in the year so I’ve been quietly experimenting with techniques, trying to find what works best for the illustrations I […]

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Have you been following along over the last couple of weeks with this tutorial series? No? Catch up before you watch this tutorial video. You’ll start by following along as I hand paint a series of textures. And then you’ll learn how to quickly edit those textures in Photoshop so they are ready to use […]

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Last week, you followed along as I created some hand painted textures using a random selection of art supplies. It was fun, right? Did you take some time away from your computer and iPad to make some messy textures too? Now for the next step: scanning and editing those textures so they are ready to […]

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There are many ways to create texture in digital illustrations. Today you’ll learn the first step in one of my favs: texture overlays. When I find myself getting bored with using the same old textures—and when I say old, I mean I’ve been using some of my favorite textures for well over a decade!—it’s time […]

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You’re starting your first children’s book project and you’ve been asked to do thumbnail sketches. What the heck are thumbnail sketches and how do you make them??? What Are Thumbnail Sketches? Thumbnail sketches are a series of tiny sketches used in the first stage of illustrating a children’s books. Use this simple, small sketches to […]

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Adobe Fresco’s selection of native brushes is fantastic, but did you know that you can also import your favorite Photoshop brushes? Having not had the highest level of success in importing my Photoshop brushes to Procreate 5, I didn’t have high hopes when importing them to Fresco. Color me surprised when the imported brushes worked […]

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Let’s talk watermarks. Shall we? Put them on every piece of work that you share online. For reals. And it’s not the for reason you think. And I’m not talking some big, ugly watermark splashed across your entire image either. First of all, copyright infringement is real and rampant. Second of all, a big, ugly […]

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