In the 2nd annual Children’s Book Illustrator Survey, nearly 200 respondents answered questions about income and career. Huge thanks to everyone who took the time to respond! It’s so important to have more transparency in our industry, especially for new artists who may not understand what’s possible in a career as a […]


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! […]


Last month, I created a survey for children’s book illustrators in hopes of gathering some excellent information to help new artists gain a better grip on understanding the money part of this career. And there were nearly 200 responses! Big thanks to everyone who responded! Now let’s dive into the results and chat about what […]


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 […]


Let’s be dramatic and say that the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil, along with Procreate, changed the way people make digital art. Not only that, it made digital art much more accessible. These days you just need an Apple Pencil-compatible iPad and you can start creating art right away! That’s pretty amazing. But can you […]


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 […]


I think we can all agree that the world has been turned upside down over the last few days. Not only are we dealing with a worldwide virus that has us avoiding public places and close contact, but the economy is reacting pretty much how we expect it to in times of great crisis: not […]


If you’re an illustrator putting work out into the world, chances are you’ll be contacted by an author looking for an illustrator for a book they will be self-publishing. Illustrating a book sounds exciting, but what now? Some folks will say NEVER work with on a self-published project while others will encourage it. Guess what? […]


Maybe because in our minds we’re creatives first and freelancers second, many of us don’t start out treating our illustration careers like a business.  We don’t have a plan—other than being happy that anyone wants to hire us for anything—and we certainly don’t have financial goals—other than being thrilled to pay our mortgage and have […]


  In this video, I walk you through my process for setting up bleed reference on my children’s book spread. These are just reference for myself and the art director or designer and will not be printed when the book is printed.  


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