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Storyland Podcast Interview

September 22, 2022

I had the loveliest conversation with Gina on the Storyland Podcast, a Chinese podcast of conversations with children’s book authors and illustrators around the world. I so appreciated the thoughtful questions she posed about all the details of creating my book, HOME IN THE WOODS. APPLE PODCASTS LINK: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/eliza-wheeler-1000578242396 PLAYER FM LINK: https://player.fm/series/3394128/341112052 NEWS ARTICLE LINK: And they created an equally lovely news article with photos, art, and sketches from…

For Picture Book Art Creation, Writing is the First Action

September 1, 2022

When I create art for a book that’s written by another author, I don’t jump into sketching and drawing right away. Even for stories I haven’t written, the process still begins, for me, with writing. When I’ve taken on a manuscript to illustrate, the first thing I do is print it out, get in a cozy and undistracted place, and read through the story as I would a finished picture…

‘When I’m With You’ – Free Coloring Sheets

March 4, 2022

My newest book with Pat Zietlow Miller is WHEN I’M WITH YOU, and is a joy-filled friendship romp: Here are 2 great coloring sheets for kids or students to color. (Click on the download link arrows below these images for high quality PDF files to print) Underwater scene:

For Illustrators Who Want to Know About Children’s Book Publishing

December 17, 2021

I get asked pretty frequently for information about how to be a children’s illustrator, or how book publishing works. I’ve compiled the most basic beginning info to share (which you can see, is a lot!) for anyone who’s looking for it. This is based on my personal knowledge and experience, but there are a lot of ways to skin the cat of book publishing, so see this as starter info.…