In celebration of my niece’s birthday this past weekend I created a coloring sheet illustration of her and her little sister having a party in the treetops. Happy 7th Birthday Maddelyn!

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When creating a new illustration where lighting is key, try building a simple 3D model to photograph as a helpful reference. As you’ll see in my examples below, it can be a very crude model made with whatever materials you have handy. I started trying to sketch the figure as a series of basic shapes.…

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When doing research on putting together a first promotional mailer, I got mixed messages from different sources. In the past, illustrators wanting to introduce themselves to publishers would send out a sample packet consisting of letter-size sheets of images (basically a paper portfolio), which the art director would put in a file. After that first…

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When we find our creative passion, it can be easy to have a one track mind. I look at children’s books constantly and love studying illustrations of past and present. While this is great, it’s also useful to keep our eyes open to the world around us. Being inspired by only one field of work…

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WriteOnCon.com is giving away the fabulous prize of an illustration critique with Marietta Zacker of Nancy Gallt Literary. The winner will get to have 10-20 images personally critiqued by Marietta. Just visit the blog and comment on the post!

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New illustration blog and portfolio website coming soon, ETA February 2011. In the meantime, please visit my current website at: www.elizasportfolio.com Check back soon! ~Eliza Wheeler

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