Welcome! You’ll find interviews with children’s book illustrators here, tips on drawing, painting and illustration and a few notes on the children’s publishing scene — aspects changing and unchanging.
Children’s book author-illustrator Mark Mitchell hosts the How to Be a Children’s Book Illustrator blog.
Mark is the author-illustrator of the Spur Award winning book Raising ‘La Belle': The Story of the ‘La Salle Shipwreck‘ and two other books for upper elementary and middle grade readers, Seeing Stars and The Mustang Professor (Eakin Press.) The Lucky Bag of Rice by George Reichart, which Mark illustrated (David R. Godine, Publisher), was named one of Smithsonian magzine’s Notable Books of the Year.
He’s been a contributing editor of American Artist Watercolor magazine while his illustrations have appeared in his and others’ books and the children’s magazines Appleseeds, Cobblestone, Faces and Footsteps and Cricket.
Mark teaches classes in children’s book illustration at the Art School at Laguna Gloria, Austin Museum of Art-Arthouse and through his popular online course Make Your Splashes — Make Your Marks!
You can reach him here or at the course Facebook page How to Illustrate a Children’s Book.