10 Tips To Help You Discover Your Signature Style: for Children's Picture Book Illustrators

Developing a unique artistic style in children's book illustration is a vital aspect of establishing yourself as a standout artist in the industry. It goes beyond technical skills and reaches into your personal expression, allowing you to leave a lasting impression on readers and publishers...

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Mastering Colour Theory: A Guide for Picture Book Illustrators

Colour is a powerful tool in the world of picture book illustration. It can convey emotions, set the mood, and breathe life into your characters and scenes. Understanding and applying colour theory is essential for any picture book illustrator looking to create cohesion and enhance, visual...

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Discover the Top Five Illustration Competitions to Boost Your Career

Your work deserves to be shared with the world, and one effective way to gain exposure is by entering international competitions for children’s book illustration. Not only do these contests provide a platform to showcase your talent, but they also offer valuable experience in presenting...

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Setting Goals and Finding Clarity in Your Picture Book Illustration Journey

As 2023 draws to a close, many of us find ourselves at a crossroads, reflecting on the creative journey we’ve taken thus far and looking ahead to the new year. It’s a time of introspection, a moment to evaluate what worked, what didn't, and how to steer your ship in the right...

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Find Clarity, Purpose, and Direction: How to Align Your Life with Your Craft

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re feeling a bit lost in the creative wilderness, trying your hand at various things, but struggling to find your true direction. We’ve all been there, and it’s okay. We’re in this together and we can also find our way out of...

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Character Mapping: A Must-Have Skill for Picture Book Illustrators

Picture books are like windows that can transport children to new worlds, teach valuable life lessons, and ignite their imaginations. At the heart of these stories are the characters, the heroes, and heroines who lead young readers on unforgettable adventures. Creating characters that resonate...

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Crafting Characters for Children’s Picture Books: Common Mistakes to Avoid

Creating memorable characters for children’s picture books is both an art and a science. Illustrators play a pivotal role in bringing stories to life by crafting characters that resonate with young readers. While the process requires creativity, it’s essential to be mindful of...

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Animal Antics: Unraveling the Popularity of Animal Characters in Picture Books

Animals as characters in picture books have long been popular. Fables and traditional folklore played a significant role in establishing animals as beloved characters in picture books. Fables, such as Aesop's timeless tales, have used animal characters to convey moral lessons and universal...

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Exploring Anthropomorphism: A Guide To Understanding and Applying It In Children's Picture Book Illustration

Anthropomorphism refers to the attribution of human characteristics, behaviors, or emotions to non-human entities, such as animals, objects, or natural phenomena. In children’s picture book illustrations, anthropomorphism is often used to create relatable and engaging characters by giving...

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Do I Need to Master Drawing People? Unlocking the Potential of Human Characters in Picture Books

Drawing animal characters is fun and exciting, but if you aspire to be a children's picture book illustrator, it's essential to also master drawing human characters. In this blog, we'll explore the significance of incorporating human characters, expanding artistic skills, and building a...

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