Illustration Inspiration & Layout

Emily Gravett Drawing Workshop

Demonstrates creating illustration for her book, The Rabbit Problem

Emily Gravett creating The Imaginary Girl

Creating the character from the book, The Imaginary. No commentary, just a peek over her shoulder.

How to Create a Children’s Picture Book in Adobe InDesign

Short online tutorial by Grace Fussell that shows how to prepare a print-ready children’s book. Well illustrated and yet a bit intimidating to me right now.

What size should I illustrate my children’s book?

This is a topic that I have not seen covered a lot. Lots of helpful information. Author, Alice Ratterree, offers the reminder to leave bleed space around the drawing. Other tips:

You don’t have to work at 100% scale, and many times should not. Take a look at any juvenile book cover. Many of those are printed around 6″x8″ or smaller. Who wants to (and can successfully) work at that scale? Picture books have a larger standard (in the ballpark around 8×8, 8×10, 9×11…) but there are still benefits to working larger than the final print size. For one, you enjoy more freedom to experiment with various mediums. Secondly, when a final illustration is scaled down, a certain magic happens in which details become a little more crisp, edges sharpen up a bit, and I’ve even found that color intensifies.


Bleed space by Alice Ratterree
Remember the bleed space by Alice Ratterree