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Picture Book Illustration 101
Six Things Children's Illustrations Need
Interview with Lauren Rille, Associate Art Director, Simon & Schuster (on biggest mistake beginners make)
Just Enjoy the Pictures: Handcrafted versus Digital Pictures Horn Book article about choosing your medium
Gesture: Why All the Fuss? Linda Dorn.Historical Accuracy in Illustration: Shifting Standards or Stubborn Certainties?
How I Study Picture Books, by Maple Lam
Quentin Blake's 7 Golden Rules of Illustration
Catching that Expression
Learning in the Flesh: Why Disney Sends Its Animators to Life Drawing Class
Drawing 100 Lions or Maybe More
Characters with Character Jennifer Zivoin on how to build great characters
How to Design Characters: Discover a Foolproof Methodology, by David Huyck
How to Turn "a" Boy into "This" Boy, world building and character building tips from Megan Herbert
Human Anatomy Fundamentals: Drawing Different Ages
Why Use Photo References
How WHERE ARE MY BOOKS was made (part 2): Thinking Visually with a Thumbnail Sketch Template, plus free print ready template for picture book writers and illustrators
Websites/Blogs with Good Information
How to Be a Children’s Illustrator: Mark Mitchell’s blog on children’s illustration
ChrisOatley.com: website and blog of Disney character designer who blogs about concept art and illustration, contains links to his online courses
Giuseppe Castellano's Art Tips Blog
KidLitArtists: the online home of the SCBWI LA Illustration Portfolio Mentorship Program winners, providing information, tips, and resources for children’s illustration and updates on the individual members’ projects.
Once Upon a Sketch: a blog that shares information and news for the children’s illustration market. Newly relaunched, it features twice weekly posts from seven writers, illustrators, and picture book artists.
Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast: Jules Danielson runs a blog that she characterizes as a literary salon where writers and artists converge to talk about children’s books.
Sub It Club's Postcard Posts: series of posts from working illustrators about promotional postcards
Will Terry’s Blog: Will Terry’s blog is chock full of information for illustrators and links to his excellent online courses
Writing and Illustrating: Kathy Temean’s blog provides daily posts on children’s writing and illustrating, including news of agents looking for work, contest and submission opportunities, writer and illustrator interviews, and much more.
Making a Dummy
Making a Picture Book Dummy, SCBWI British Isles
Dummy Books Part 1: Making the Dummy - excellent overview of steps to take to make a dummy
Advice for Building a Portfolio
Donald Wu Illustrations "How to Build an Illustration Portfolio"
Juana Martinez Neal "How to Put a Children's Illustration Portfolio Together"
Jen Betton advice on putting together a portfolio
3 Common Mistakes Artists Make in their Portfolios
How to Put Together a Portfolio for Children's Book Illustrations
Molly Idle: Putting Together a Prize Winning Portfolio
Show off Your Stuff
Tips for a Competitive Visual Development Portfolio
Are You Entering the SCBWI LA Illustration Portfolio Showcase? Here are Tips for Before and During the Contest
Promo Postcard 101: Making Your Piece a Pin-Up
Sub-It Club's Promo Postcard Series
Promotion 101: Business of Illustration
Postcards and the 10% (Giuseppe Castellano)
My List of 125 Children's Publishers and How I Use It
Pricing Your Work/ Business Aspects
Strategies for Pricing Your Illustration Work, on Writing & Illustrating
Will Terry video: How Much Money Can You Make Illustrating Children's Books
Molly Crabapple's 15 Rules for Creative Success in the Internet Age
What Editors & Directors Want
The Search for Illustrators (Giuseppe Castellano on what art directors look for)
What Makes Amazing Children's Illustrations? An Editor's Perspective
Online Courses for Illustrators
Chris Oatley’s classes: Disney character designer provides classes on concept art and illustration
Make Your Splashes, Make Your Marks: Mark Mitchell’s online course for children’s illustration that includes monthly online critique sessions
The School of Visual Storytelling: online, interactive illustration courses taught by working professionals (Jake Parker, Will Terry, and Ryan Halderman).
Will Terry’s Folio Academy: reasonably priced video art classes that cover everything from basic drawing to advanced topics, with several children’s illustration classes.
Alicia Padron: reasonably priced online beginner's illustration classes with one on one feedback
Shadra Strickland: The Art of the Picture Book: reasonably priced and well organized class on illustrating for children on Craftsy
Wendy Martin's Illustrator Class for Children's Illustrator
The Illustration Department: Art Director Giuseppe Castellano provides a 3-week dummy workshop, 3-week illustration workshop, and a 1-hr portfolio review
The Yeeha of Inspiration
Why No One Likes Your Art: 26 Reasons (oddly encouraging insights)
Go Ahead: Make Stuff: Isabel Roxas
FREE Andrew Loomis Art Instruction Downloads (detailed illustration, drawing, and painting books)
Step by Step Instructions on Making a Ball-Jointed Doll
Practice Figure Drawing
Networking Sites (Directories, Societies)
Illustration Mundo - online resource for illustrators; directory of illustrators
Society of Illustrators Exhibits, lectures, educational programs,