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)”

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”