Monthly Archives: January 2011

Will Terry’s “How to Illustrate Children’s Books” Video Series

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Any aspiring children’s book illustrators out there? Here is an invaluable resource for you:

Award-winning illustrator Will Terry has put together a superb series of videos that goes through the entire process of illustrating a children’s book. He covers everything from storytelling, design, and submissions. Here’s an overview of the topics covered:

    1. Book design

    2. Storytelling with pictures

    3. Character design

    4. Illustration design

    5. Rendering

    6. Working with color

    7. Success in the marketplace

    8. Submitting your book

Will has about two decades of experience, and a lot of this info is what he teaches his students in his college courses. The full series of videos costs $29.99 – a LOT better deal than paying a semester’s tuition!

Check out all the info about the series here. You can watch the third lecture – Character design – for FREE.

Want to win a free copy of the entire course?

I am currently holding a contest to celebrate the launch of The Illustrated Section. Find out how to enter here.

THE ILLUSTRATED SECTION is Here!

My Sister, the Freak Vol. 1 Iss. 2The Ghosts of PinevilleCleopatra in Space!Monkey & CrocThe Front

Ellie Connelly15 Steps to Freelance IllustrationIn Maps & Legends #1Where the Rainbow Ends

Earlier this month I teased about the new online store for digital comics and illustrated books – The Illustrated Section. Well, it’s officially live and ready! Go take a look.

The site includes comics, picture books, illustration tips and tutorials, and artist sketchbooks. Everything is in PDF format and instantly downloadable. It’s perfect if you are looking to fill your iPad or other mobile device with awesome stuff.

There’s some great content there already. Some of the superb contributors include webcomic artist Mike Maihack; Escape From Illustration Island’s Thomas James; podcaster, comicker, and teacher Jerzy Drozd; picture book artist Will Terry; zero2illo.com founder Jonathan Woodward; children’s book illustrator Bob Ostrom; and many more.

Plus, I am now offering Issue 1 of my webcomic My Sister, the Freak for FREE only in The Illustrated Section! Go get it, and check out the selection of other free downloads on the site. http://theillustratedsection.com/free

PLEASE help spread the word to other artists and art fans. To kick things off, help me promote the launch on Twitter and be qualified to win some sweet prizes!

Here’s the details:

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TWEET TO WIN THE PICTURE BOOK MONKEY & CROC PLUS BONUS CHILDREN’S BOOK VIDEO SERIES BY WILL TERRY!

Rules:

1. Tweet this in its entirety, no edits or additions:

    Introducing THE ILLUSTRATED SECTION! RT for a chance to win ebook and videos by Will Terry. http://tinyurl.com/illosectintro @IlloSection

    Click here to tweet now.

2. You may tweet/retweet up to once a day until midnight EST January 31. All extra tweets will be disregarded.

3. Winner will be randomly selected on February 1, 2011.

The Prizes:

– A free ebook of Monkey & Croc, by children’s illustrator Will Terry.
– PLUS access to Will’s entire “How to Illustrate Children’s Books” video course.

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Click here to start shopping in The Illustrated Section!

The Illustrated Section – Coming Soon!

UPDATE: The Illustrated Section is officially going to launch on Monday January 24, 2011. Mark your calendars!

I am happy to announce an upcoming website I’m making called The Illustrated Section.

The Illustrated Section is going to be an online store for digital books featuring art and illustration. That includes comics, picture books, sketchbooks, and illustration tips and tutorials. It will feature works by many different artists, and will be open for submissions by all independent creators.

Why The Illustrated Section?

Remember this blog post I wrote awhile back about digital comics? I have been a big supporter of the digital age and what it could mean for artists. However, I’ve been frustrated by a number of things:

    A confusing number of formats.

    Difficulty in creating those formats.

    Lack of content.

    Lack of audience.

    Difficult or confusing submission requirements by ebook stores.

    Limited options for creating/selling/reading illustrated books.

Since there is no great, overarching solution yet, I have experimented with selling my digital comics on my own website, and I’ve seen several of my artist friends doing the same. It has worked well, but not as well as it could be. With the digital comics only popping up here and there by random artists in many different places, they can be difficult to find. That means less exposure and less sales and more difficulty for buyers to get used to the new format.

And that is why I’m creating The Illustrated Section. I thought, “Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a central store where all these cool artists could post their books so buyers could easily browse through them and people like me could fill their iPads with awesome stuff?”

And then my next thought was, “Hey, I can build that.”

The Details:

The Illustrated Section will be an online store. You can purchase and download books instantly.

All the books will be PDF format. That means you will be able to read them on your computer, iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Nook, or just about any other electronic device. PDFs are compatible with a large number of devices, apps, and software. They are also easy to make if you’re a creator.

All the books are by independent artists. It will not be tied to a publisher or act as a publisher. It will simply be a marketplace.

The site will take submissions. If you have digital content or have been thinking about experimenting with digital content, now’s a good time to think about selling it in The Illustrated Section. There will be more details on the website once it is up.

It will reside at theillustratedsection.com. Bookmark it! For now, you can keep up-to-date via the News page.

When will it launch?

Soon. I am in the process of gathering content as I write this. As soon as I have enough goodies to launch the site, I will make it live to the public. I am hoping this will be sometime this month.

If you’re a creator and have questions about the site or submitting work, you can contact me at theillustratedsection@gmail.com.

And comic/art/story fans, be prepared. We’ve got some talented artists and writers already lined up with great content for site launch.

Stay tuned!

Interview on Escape From Illustration Island

Thomas James of Escape From Illustration Island recently interviewed me on his podcast. The episode is available now. Go check it out!

If you’re not familiar with it, the EFII podcast is one of the best (if not THE best) podcasts about art and illustration. I’m very honored and grateful for the opportunity to be a guest on the show. In the ep, I discuss how I got into illustration, some of the projects I’ve done over the years, and also what I’m planning for the future.

Hint: There is a MAJOR announcement at the end of the interview, specifically about my next big web/publishing experiment. It will involve and help many of YOU, so please check it out.

I will be posting more information about this project in a more extensive blog post soon. For now, go take a listen. Let me know how you liked the interview and any thoughts you have about my “next big idea”!

zero2illo Community Super Sale

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Jonathan Woodward, creator of the fantastic motivational blog for illustrators at zero2illo.com, recently relaunched the website with a fresh design, new articles, and plans to provide even more resources for artists and illustrators in the coming year. To celebrate the launch, Jonathan is holding the Zero 2 Illo Super Sale, which includes my PDF 10 Ways Artists Can Improve Their Online Presence.

The Super Sale is a collection of ebooks, audiobooks, kits, etc. about art and illustration. If you are a beginning artist trying to set up an illustration career, or a veteran looking to revamp your business, check this sale out.

The whole package, normally costing $250+ is for sale for only $47. You will not find such a goldmine of information and advice for such a great deal anywhere else.

And most importantly, the sale will only last for 48 HOURS.

The sale is open from 9 AM EST on January 10, 2011 until 9 AM EST on January 12, 2011. Get it while it lasts!

Here are just a few of the products joining 10 Ways in the Super Sale:

    15 Steps to Freelance Illustration by Thomas James – A step-by-step guide to starting an illustration business. (I’ve recommended this before. I can’t praise it enough.)

    Art Licensing Beginner Basics Teleseminar Replay by Tara Reed – Learn the basics about art licensing from one of the best in the field.

    The Artist’s No Excuse Guide to Self-Promotion by Alyson B. Stanfield – “Go after your career with gusto” with one of the foremost experts of art marketing.

    Jonathan’s own zero2illo 12 Week Challenge Kit – Ebook, templates, tutorials, and resources to help set up an illustration business.

    and many more. Go check out the full details and contributor list here.

Jonathan has proven himself to be a fine contributor to the artistic community and a generous teacher, helper, and innovator. Even if you are not interested in the sale, please check out zero2illo.com, Jonathan’s artwork, and the great crew of artists/contributors he is so nicely promoting with this sale.