Illustrator Feature: Christopher Steininger


Modo, who first made his appearance in The Hunchback Assignments, is a young, disfigured spy trained to be the ultimate secret agent. Not only is Modo brilliant and strong, but he also has a special ability: he can temporarily take on the appearance of other people. While on holiday, Modo and fellow spy Octavia Milkweed find themselves in Ember’s End. Created by the slightly mad scientific genius Dr. Ebenezer Ember, this is no ordinary wild-west town. It is surrounded by an energy field that prevents gunpowder from firing, and messages are sent via pneumatic tubes. […]

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Illustrator Feature: Josée Bisaillon

Bedtime 123

Written by Eric Walters, Bedtime 123 will lull your little one to sleep while counting the animals also nestling in for the night. Count the stars coming out, fox cubs snuggling, puppies piling and chicks cuddling as baby rocks gently to sleep in this gorgeously illustrated board book from bestselling author Eric Walters and award-winning illustrator Josée Bisaillon. Tell us about the illustration style of your book? How did you decide what it would be? I don’t really know how to describe my style…maybe whimsical ? For Bedtime 123, I wanted the book to have […]

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Marthe Jocelyn Sees Art Everywhere

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The following post is written by Marthe Jocelyn, creator of One Red Button and One Piece of String. You asked how I would describe my creative process? Well…I see something…a lost button on an elevator or a single mitten on a park bench or a note tucked under a windshield wiper… And I get these ideas… Hey, the lost button and the blob of gum next to it look like a pair of eyes, with that shoe scuff for the mouth, and, oh—ground floor, I’m getting off the elevator, but I’ve picked up an idea […]

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Illustrator Feature: Dave Whamond

Dave Whamond Collage

#TuesdayTalk with Dave Whamond! His illustrations can be seen in Justine McKeen, Thermostat Chat and Wild Cards—both available now! How do you start an illustration project? It depends. If it’s a manuscript from an author, I can see the characters and setting in my head as I’m reading it. I can hardly wait to sit down and draw it before I forget everything. I sometimes have a drawing pad beside me and do rough character sketches while I read. If it’s for a book I am conceiving, it’s much the same except most of the […]

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Learning about Linocutting


A guest post by illustrator Sue Todd. Her linocuts can be seen in An African Alphabet, out now! What is the technique and process of  linocutting? Once my rough sketch is approved, I transfer it to the linoleum with carbon paper, clamp it to my desk and start carving, keeping in mind that, as with all relief printing techniques, the areas I do not carve will be the printed line or shapes. When the carving is complete, water soluble printing ink is rolled onto the linoleum. I place it on the press, cover it with […]

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Illustrator Feature: Marcus Cutler

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#TuesdayTalk with Marcus Cutler. His illustrations can be see in Lark Holds the Key—on shelves now! What are the challenges of illustrating a book that belongs to a series? It’s sooo important to get the main characters right. Lots of sketches and drafts are involved to get the character design just right. When you know they’re going to be drawn again, and again, and again, and again, you don’t want to be regretting a decision you made in the early stages. What was your favorite book as a child? Some of my favorite books were […]

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