This is the blog home of #kidlitart, a live Twitter chat Thursdays at 9:00 pm Eastern, for children's book illustrators, picture book authors, author/illustrators and friends. Check back weekly to read transcripts, comment on previous chats and suggest topics for upcoming chats.

Monday, February 24, 2014


How about our new header, eh? That delightful winter wonderland was created by Nancy Colle.

She doesn't look familiar? What do you mean? Oh! Well, fellow #kidlitart chatters might recognize her best like this:

Better? Right then, on to the interview!
-What was your inspiration for the header?
 Incredible as it may sound -I love winter.When I was little I was always outside, -building forts,climbing things, and yes, making snow angels.
-What is your primary medium for the header?
  Watercolor - I enjoy it's freedom and fluidity.

-Are you currently working on any projects?
 Currently I have one complete PB dummy, another I'm revising,
 and an idea I've already picked for the #kidlitart PB challenge

-Where can we find you online? 
Twitter: @DonkeyTalking

-What are your favorite children's books?
  Press Here -by Herve Tullet
  Stone Soup -by Marcia Brown
  Walk On!- by Marla Frazee
  Bread & Jam for Frances - by the Hobans

- What's the best advice you've received from #kidlitart? the importance of SCBWI conferences; don't wait for perfect conditions, just draw;  rejection letters are not my epitaph.

-Great! Any favorite #kidlitart topics? Build your portfolio/ art directors/ Conference tips

Thank you, Nancy!

Do you want in on this header action? (I can't believe I typed that with a straight face) then start thinking SPRING! We'll be picking a new header in the next month or so to celebrate the incoming new season.

You can find the requirements here. Happy drawing!


Creating Appealing Characters

We had a fast and furious chat last week discussing character development and the important steps necessary to developing a great picture book dummy. The transcript is chock-full of links and resources, so be sure you read through and bookmark!


Once again, thanks to Renee for getting out transcript together! This week we're discussing Time Management. See you Thursday at 9pmEST!


p.s.- I'm still pulling names from the Art Crushes chat, but I'm about to move this week. I promise I'll share when the list is done and I have internet again. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

Postcard Boost Transcript

Our Postcard Boost chat flew by! There were equal parts constructive criticism and compliments. If you missed the chat, you can read the Storify transcript here:


Part 2 of our Postcard Boost will be our chat on Mailing Lists (How do we gather the information and maintain it?) on March 13th. Come with questions and any resources you use on maintaining one of the least glamorous parts of illustration. ;)