How Illustrators Cheat at Color (And Get Away With It)

One of the biggest challenges for illustrators is picking colors that look good together. There are two traps: The colors you pick look bad next to each other. You muddy the colors (desaturate them) so they go together, and you end up with an illustration that looks boring. My process in illustration is quick, totallyContinue reading “How Illustrators Cheat at Color (And Get Away With It)”

Entrepreneurial Poetry: The Mountain of Shoulds

“The Mountain of Shoulds” You should cut your hair… you don’t take care of yourself enough, and that’s your personal brand. You should invest in making TikToks. You should be making more blogs, in fact you need an entire blog-making strategy, seo seo seo. It’s up front invest for long term site traffic. You shouldContinue reading “Entrepreneurial Poetry: The Mountain of Shoulds”

Reaction Triggers, What are They and Why Should They Be in Your Kids Book?

The worst feeling… I mean it sucks!.. is when you pour your heart and soul into a kids book, you hand it to a kid to read, and the kid tosses it aside because it’s not that interesting to them. Or worse, you’re like, “Let’s read this book!” and halfway into it you can seeContinue reading “Reaction Triggers, What are They and Why Should They Be in Your Kids Book?”

A 3 Step Framework for Writing a “Lesson” Kids Book That Doesn’t Suck

“The most tried and true way I know someone is not going to make a good kids book is if they didn’t take the time to put away their agenda, get into the mind of the kid, and then write.” Jim Averbeck The worst feeling in the world is pouring your heart and soul intoContinue reading “A 3 Step Framework for Writing a “Lesson” Kids Book That Doesn’t Suck”

Best and Worst Art Supplies for Young Artists

There are so many companies that want to capitalize on you being a loving parent who supports your kiddo’s art ambitions. If you’ve never been an artist, it’s really hard. How do you buy supplies that will actually push your kid far without spending a billion dollars on Pthalo Blue Mineral Guasch. I’ve been aContinue reading “Best and Worst Art Supplies for Young Artists”