It's also important to study other illustrators to see their styles, techniques, layouts, compositions, ideas, etc. Make a weekly trip to your local library AND book stores, as many libraries may not carry the most current releases. You can learn so much from what's already been done to be able to do something that hasn't been done yet.
You'll also see just HOW many different illustration styles and talent levels there are. As an Art teacher, I let all my students know - from preschool through college - anyone can learn how to draw. You just have to know how to look at things like an artist does - in shapes and lines. And remember that art is subjective - what one person likes another may not. So there is plenty of room in the art world - and illustration world - for lots of different styles. You just have to find the one that suits you best.
That's all for now - I'm looking forward to sharing more ideas and topics with you in future posts to come. Until next time, go out there and get started being a children's book illustrator. You won't regret it.
Angela Padron is a published illustrator of two books, including "The Hero in You" by Ellis Paul, as well as a Star Wars geek and chocolate chip cookie connoisseur. She also writes and illustrates her own picture books, board books, and chapter books. When she's not teaching, Angela works as a freelance writer and editor for educational publishers and spends weekends enjoying walks along the beach with her family. View her online portfolio at www.angelapadron.com. You can also "like" her facebook page, follow her on Twitter @angela_padron, and follow her own blog called "Show and Tell" with weekly posts about teaching, writing and illustrating books for children.
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