Archive for the ‘Illustration course’ category


Trouble in imagination paradise

April 30, 2012

Not a kind portrayal of the creator of Mickey Mouse, with a fascinating comparison between Disney with his studio — and J. Edgar Hoover with his F.B.I.  Seething over the strike by most of his animators in the 1940s, he eventually took his revenge as an F.B.I. and House UnAmerican activities committee informant, the show […]


A high school dropout and a mediocre cartoonist

April 25, 2012

Children’s book illustrators — draw your pets. That’s our message for today. He really did have a pet mouse while working at Laugh-O-Gram, his commercial animation studio in Kansas City. And when Universal Studios, his cartoon film distributor snatched away the rights to the Oswald the Rabbit character, which he’d developed with his animator partner Ubbe Iwerks, […]


Stories that move and talk when you touch them

December 12, 2011

Children’s book illustrators and aspiring illustrators were among those who tuned in from the U.S. to Portugal, and Australia to South Africa Saturday morning (Texas time) for an online class on the InteractBuilder software. They were learning about a new venue for their narrative art: A new kind of book for iPads, iPhones and other touch […]


Betting on books with “behaviors”

September 1, 2011

Children’s book illustrators already know about interactive book apps. They don’t confuse an app with an e-book that’s read online or through a reader like the Kindle or the Color Nook, although apps sometimes are called e-books or enhanced e-books. What they may not know is that they can produce a digital interactive book with a […]


Bumper crop of children’s titles by Austin area illustrators

July 29, 2011

Children’s and YA author Cynthia Leitich Smith gives an incredibly generous and instructive interview to Julie Danielson at the Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast blog about the six year gestation of her new picture book Holler Loudly,  illustrated by Barry Gott (Dutton).  The  post includes some wonderful page spreads — original outline drawings and the […]