Recommended Books for Children's Book Illustrators:
- The Encyclopedia of Illustration Techniques, by Catharine Slade
- The Graphic Artists Guild Handbook
- Writing with Pictures, by Uri Shulevitz
These articles cover topics for children's book illustrators beyond the beginning stage. If you have basic or getting started kinds of questions, be sure to also check the Basic Information index page. These materials are posted on this site for free individual and non-commercial use. They are provided as a public service. Out of respect for their creators, please follow our copyright policy.Sponsored links
Start with these:
- Getting Out of the Art File Detailed advice on submissions and portfolios.
- Portfolio Portent An agent's advice on portfolio essentials by Chris Tugeau.
- Books for Illustrators from the Resource Guide in The C.I. Guide to Publishing Children's Books.
Move on to these:
- Agents and Artist's Representatives for Writers and Illustrators
- An Agent's Advice on Selling Your Artwork Presenting your work as an illustrator, by Chris Tugeau.
- The Artist/Agent Team by Chris Tugeau.
- Choosing an Illustrator When Self-Publishing by Stan Jaskiel new!
- The End of the Line: Why Repped Relationships Fail by Chris Tugeau.
- Getting Real: Common Problems in Illustrators' Work by Anne Sibley O'Brien new!
- Getting Started as a Children's Book Illustrator--with a Fine Arts Background (blog entry)
- Hidden Messages: The Strategic Use of Visual Elements to Tell a Story by Chris Tugeau.
- Lessons from the SCBW-I Portfolio Review (blog entry)
- Picture Book Manuscripts and Illustrations
- The Specs on Specs By Chris Tugeau.
- What's in a Deadline? By Chris Tugeau.
Get one or both of these books:
- Illustrating Children's Books: Creating Pictures for Publication by Martin Salisbury: a good introduction to children's book illustration.
- Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children's Books by Uri Shulevitz: a classic guide to illustration by a Caldecott medalist.
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