20 Resources for Illustrators

20 Resources for Illustrators Copyright 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

20 Resources for Illustrators Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

“20 Resources for Illustrators” by Joan Y. Edwards

I’ve been working on my illustrations for Larry, the Terrifying Turkey under contract with Ravenswood Publishing. I found a few blogs, websites, and YouTube links that might help inspire you as an illustrator and help you improve your skills. Please share with me in the comments area  links that help you in your illustrating journey.

  1. Caldecott Award – http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmedal/caldecottmedal
  2. Creative Blog. “9 Top Illustrator Resources.” http://www.creativebloq.com/illustrator/resources-113968
  3. Diane Cricket Phillips. “The Difference Between Illustration and Art – Cricket Diane C Phillips – Cricket House Studios – 2008:” https://cricketdiane.wordpress.com/2008/02/20/the-difference-between-illustration-and-art-cricket-diane-c-phillips-cricket-house-studios-2008/
  4. Harold Underdown. “Picture Book Manuscripts and Illustrations:” http://www.underdown.org/picture-books-illustrations.htm
  5. Jodie Rodriguez. “Exploring Illustrating Techniques in Picture Books:” http://growingbookbybook.com/2013/08/10/exploring-illustrating-techniques-in-picture-books-10-for-10/
  6. Julie Danielson. “10 Children’s Illustrators to Watch:” http://bookpage.com/the-book-case/17011-10-childrens-illustrators-to-watch#.VUbdCPlVhBc
  7. Lynne Chapman. “An Illustrator’s Life for Me:” http://lynnechapman.blogspot.com/
  8. Nate Williams. “How to Start Your Illustrator Career http://www.n8w.com/wp/552
  9. Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. “Frequently Asked Questions:” http://www.scbwi.org/frequently-asked-questions/
  10. Society of Illustrators – Awards and Contests http://www.societyillustrators.org/Awards.aspx?id=112

YouTube videos to help illustrators

  1. Jazza. “How to Create Characters (the Design Process):” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rpj2J4tn4YI
  2. Leonardo Pereznieto. “5 Tips to Be a Successful Artist! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fefYsWHHc0I
  3. Lynne Chapman. “How to Illustrate a Picture Book: Creating the Drawings:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5DQXg86luA
  4. Mark Crilley. “Creating Characters – 6 Tips to Help You:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ph7-q9GOMR0
  5. Michael. How to Draw and Paint Channel on YouTube. “Drawing Lesson: River Bed Exercise:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohcSwOKumGE
  6. Virtual Instructor: “Drawing Exercises:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1sW99idvak
  7. Patti Stewart”How to Illustrate a Book:” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MScZchvX97E
  8. Will Terry. “Drawing Characters: – One of 7 videos. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWxdLNLKJvk
  9. Will Terry. “How to Illustrate a Children’s Book:”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FpVZF7FbQww
  10. Will Terry. “How to Improve Your Drawing Skills Quicker” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbb_ctVMTeA

Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards
Copyright © 2015


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2 Responses

  1. Joan,
    What a fun blog post. I am so proud of you for working to improve your illustrating skills. It’s great that your publisher will allow you to do your own illustrations. That doesn’t happen all the time!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Dear Linda,
      Thank you for writing. Thanks for being proud of me. Yes, I am fortunate that Kitty Honeycutt with Ravenswood Publishing is letting me do them.

      Celebrate you
      Never Give Up


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