Helpful Links for Illustrators

Here are a few websites that you may find useful. Be sure to check back from time to time—as we will continue to add new ones.

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Business of Illustration

This site is run by Neil Swaab, a NYC-based illustrator, designer, author, and educator. His site is full of helpful insight into the business and practice of illustration.

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The Children’s Book Podcast

Hosted by Matthew Winner, this podcast features insightful and sincere interviews with authors, illustrators, art directors, editors, and more.

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Dear Art Director

A secret consortium of industry Art Directors answer your questions anonymously. They get real with their answers. Their Top 10 is essential reading.

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Art by Ken Dallison

Today’s Inspiration

Run by Leif Peng, this site is a treasure trove of illustration history and interviews. Peng works hard to provide information and insight into even the most obscure artists.

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The Society of Illustrators

Stay up-to-date on award-winning, contemporary children’s book illustration with this helpful list of honorees from the Society of Illustrators Original Show.

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Art of the Picture Book

This site is curated by graphic designers who display and applaud excellence in the art and design of children’s literature. (Thumbnail © Christian Robinson)




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University of Minnesota

Do you want to know what techniques and media the master’s of children’s publishing used? Visit—then bookmark—the University of Minnesota’s online database.

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Creating Picture Books

Are you creating a picture book—and you’re not sure where to start? Debbie Ohi’s guides, templates, and resources will lead you down the right path.