How to be an illustrator of picture books

How to illustrate picture books

Today’s guest is an award-winning, character-driven artist and illustrator of picture books. Her hand-drawn style celebrates the warmth, textures, and imperfections made by hand. Coloured pencils, pastels, and erasers are her favourite tools.

She’s popped in today to share her process, how she illustrates, and offer up some tips for aspiring illustrators. This is invaluable for anyone, author or illustrator, who wants to create kids books. Everybody please welcome Evie Barrow.

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Title: Today you changed the world

Author: Maggie Hutchings

Illustrator: Evie Barrow

Publisher: Affirm Press


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Polly’s Grand Party Plan

Written by Jane Godwin
Illustrated by Evie Barrow

Polly’s sixth birthday would be here any day (Well actually thirty-five sleeps away) She was counting down till the thirteenth of May There’d be a party! Yippee! Hooray!

Polly was making a plan … For dreamers everywhere comes a relatable picture book about throwing the perfect birthday party … even when things don’t exactly go to plan.

Published by Affirm Press
Australia, 2022


The Little Book Of Hopes

Written by Elyse Shellie
Illustrations by Evie Barrow

This book is a celebration of kindness, resilience, compassion and empathy. A timeless treasury of all the hopes, dreams and wishes parents have for their child’s future. With a delightful rhyme and thought-provoking words, this book is a discussion starter for how to live in this world, backed with lots of love and happiness.

It would make a perfect gift for new parents and newborns alike.

Published by New Frontier Publishing
Australia & UK, 2022


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