|One of Mark’s 40+ paintings for Warner Brothers.|
You’d think illustrator Mark Braught–who has his hands full creating award-winning illustrations for clients across the globe–would be too busy to reach out to young artists trying to break into the business of children’s publishing. You’d be wrong.
A: Hopefully, participants will gain an insight in regards to what to expect when they work with an art director on a project. What to present, how to present, how to follow-up, anticipate and get familiar with the process.
|Mark illustrated the Caldecott nominated picture book, COSMO‘S MOON.|
A: Participants will create a finished illustration from the process. The goal is to help them create an image they feel is worthy of their portfolio (and hopefully gets them their next assignment). It would be wonderful if each participant walks away feeling that they are better than when they started.
A: The networking and the information gained has been (and continues to be) invaluable. I have also met some wonderful people through SCBWI.
Q: What advice would you give illustrators trying to break into children’s books?
A: I just finished up a project with some people in the Netherlands and am currently working on some images for a university focusing on science. Additionally, there’s a picture that is almost completely sketched out. On the side, I’m working on graphic novel with some folks out west and playing around with a few ideas for a couple of strips.
A: In the end, illustrators will continue to illustrate. Images are going to remain important to the sale and marketing of words and thoughts. That will never change. However, copyright and usage is an ever-expanding frontier. All creators need to stay on top of these things.
Jan. 21: Will Terry, illustrator, at Elizabeth O. Dulemba’s blog
Jan. 22: Beck McDowell, author, at Bonnie Herold’s “Tenacious Teller of Tales”
Jan. 23: Nikki Grimes, author, at Gail Handler’s “Write From the Soul”
Jan. 24: Jill Corcoran, agent, at Donny Seagraves’ blog
Jan. 25: Chad Beckerman, creative director, at Laura Golden’s blog
Jan. 28: Katherine Jacobs, editor, at Cathy C. Hall’s blog
Jan. 29: Mark Braught, illustrator, at Vicky Alvear Shecter’s “History with a Twist”
Jan. 30: Carmen Agra Deedy, author, at Ramey Channell’s “The Moonlight Ridge Series“