These Links are HOT!

Our wonderful Illustrator Coordinator, Angelica Jackson, has compiled a list of links for reference and honing your craft. Whether you’re an illustrator or a writer (or some combination of both), you’re sure to find something valuable below. Thanks, Angelica! 🙂


As a YA writer, blogs have been an invaluable source for me to learn craft and catch up on industry info. Now that I’m also our region’s Illustrator Coordinator, I took advantage of our private Yahoo group for ICs and asked my peers for their favorite blogs—and I couldn’t resist sharing their recommendations with everyone through our region’s blog! Most of these blog links are illustrator-centric, but many offer writing advice also, so you author/illustrators and writers may want to take a look too. Happy clicking! In no particular order:

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Author/artist Angelica Jackson

The How To Be A Children’s Book Illustrator site has great features like Guest Critiques and an Illustrator Matchup service.

The Kidlit Artists blog has an SCBWI connection, since it’s the group blog of recipients of the SCBWI Illustration Portfolio Mentorship Program (LA Summer Conference).

Illustrator and art director Guiseppe Castellano has some tips for you under his #ArtTips page.

Find interviews and inspiration on Chris Oatley’s site.

Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast is a blog about books that features heavily on picture books and illustration.

Wow, you could really get lost following all the links and features on Kidlit411.

Kathy Temean’s blog features some great illustration examples and how-tos.

Art of the Picture Book is dedicated to “exploring design and illustration of children’s picture books” and features some great interviews.

The Children’s Book Academy site has a blog “Mondays with Mandy or Mira!” 

Children’s Illustrators blog: be sure to check out the “blogging illustrators” links in the sidebar to make some new connections!

Feel free to link your favorite blogs for illustrators in the comments!


Angelica R. Jackson serves as our region’s Illustrator Coordinator and is a writer, artist, and avid naturalist living in the Sierra foothills of California. Her debut novel is Crow’s Rest, a darkly funny young adult urban fantasy.

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