Hi, Everyone!

Sorry to have been so quiet lately.  I have had my arty little head immersed in a project for a commercial client.  The unexpected commission was a pleasant surprise, but I appear to have missed posting in February altogether.  Oops!

I didn’t forget you.  Whenever my internet searches for inspiration landed on something especially helpful, I thought, I should share this with the folks at the Kidlit Network, and scribbled down the URL.  So for all you illustrators, aspiring illustrators, and writers interested in learning more about the art of illustration, here’s a list of blogs worth your time:

mad tea partySeven Impossible Things Before Breakfast  – This blog features interviews with the most happening illustrators in the children’s book industry.  It’s worth your time to scroll through the archived posts.  And if you want to know who’s hot right now, follow this blog.  Art directors do!

Kathy Temean’s blog  – Former SCBWI New Jersey Regional Advisor Kathy Temean posts about all sorts of things related to writing and illustrating.  This blog is of special interest to illustrators for its “Illustrator Saturday” feature.  Each Saturday, Kathy posts an extensive interview with either a veteran or an up and coming children’s book illustrator.  The posts often include helpful information on process and on the artist’s journey into the business.

Gurney Journey  – Artist James Gurney of Dinotopia  fame posts frequently on all sorts of things related to art and visual perception.  DinotopiaHis blog is an especially strong resource for illustrators who work in realistic or realistic fantasy styles.  Also worth checking out are Gurney’s books on craft: Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter  and  Imaginative Realism.

Drawing on Deadline  – Fantasy illustrator John Hendrix also keeps a highly educational blog.  I got a lot of useful guidance out of his recent series on finding your artistic voice.

The Character Design Blog  – This one isn’t all that active anymore, but it’s worth checking out the archives.  Characters are the driving force of children’s book illustration.  Drawing characters that are distinctive and appealing is essential.  This blog is chock full of interviews with animation character designers and lots and lots of examples of their work.  Learn by looking!

Worth keeping an eye on

IF_150x50Illustration Friday, the website where illustrators can post their visual answers to a weekly prompt, has just signed on a whole slew of new bloggers.  Follow the blog here.

Jen Betton is an up and coming children’s book illustrator and SCBWI mentee who posts on her blog frequently.  She recently did a helpful series of posts on image copyright rules.  A recent post on Pixar’s 22 rules of storytelling is of interest to writers as well.

How about you?  Which blogs have you found helpful on your artistic journey?

Jean Wogaman

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