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How to Hire a Children’s Illustrator

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If you’ve written a manuscript or are planning on writing a children’s book, there’s a very handy FAQ over on the Hire an Illustrator staff blog. It covers everything from whether you should actually be hiring an illustrator or not and how much it’s going to cost you. If you’re not an author and have joined the dark side as an illustrator it’s probably worth checking out yourself too. The questions were devised and answered by Ginger Nielson who has years of experience in the publishing industry and has created almost 40 children’s books herself.

Visit: How to Hire a Children’s Illustrator

Image Credit… The Waif by Peter George.

The Baltimore Academy of Illustration

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This is the art school we wish we’d been able to attend!

The Baltimore Academy of Illustration is an unaccredited, private institution with one goal in mind: to teach artists who want to be illustrators how to become illustrators. Our hands-on approach and small classes allow us to tailor our courses to meet each student’s needs. Unlike traditional art schools, the Baltimore Academy of Illustration focuses specifically on illustration—learning the art while also understanding the needs and requirements of the profession.

One of the guys who was partly responsible for setting up this new school is friend of the LCS Alex Fine. Alex, Greg Houston and Scott Fuqua will be running the academy and also teaching there! Obviously if you’re an aspiring illustrator, sign up for a course. But if you’re a seasoned pro and you want to show a bit of support for this new educational centre, there’s a fundraiser you can donate to. We’re really looking forward to seeing what sort of talent this new enterprise churns out and we wish them the best of luck!

Sue Todd’s 3×3 Merit Award

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The Picture Book Show of the next 3×3 Directory of Illustration includes a merit award to Sue Todd Illustration for four illustrations from the play, Steam! Taming the River Monster. Steam!, published by Red Chair Press, is a work of historical fiction dramatising the first voyage of Robert Fulton’s steamboat, The Clermont.

External Link: Sue Todd’s 3×3 Merit Award

150 Years of Alice in Wonderland

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It’s been an ambition of mine to illustrate Alice for a very long time.

To celebrate 150 years of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland I decided that I would finally tackle this classic tale. For the past few weeks I’ve immersed myself into the world of Alice, the White Rabbit and the many creatures she comes across on her journey. I created several book illustrations, some title page typography, chapter headers and endpapers.

External Link: 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland

Kickstarter Campaign for ‘Love, Daddy’ the children’s book is live!

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‘Love, Daddy’ is a children’s book written by a father for his daughter about the awesome adventures they’ll have together as she grows up. It was an amazingly fun project to illustrate, with lots of panda bears, watercolor patterns and plenty of girly pink.

It’s been a true labor of love – over 2 years in the making and now it’s almost done! Please check out our Kickstarter campaign and help bring ‘Love, Daddy’ the book to life!

External Link: Kickstarter Campaign for ‘Love, Daddy’ the children’s book is live!

Woolly & Shaggy an interactive eBook

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Woolly & Shaggy is an interactive picture book for children and adults who are young at heart. Combing animation, illustration and music, this ebook provides a two-way flow for reading stories, something readers typically do not experience with traditional picture books. This website showcased some of the animation clips from the interactive book. All the animation are framed animation created in Photoshop.

External Link: Woolly & Shaggy an interactive eBook