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"Behind the book"

A behind-the-scenes video detailing the process of writing and illustrating Home in the Woods.


Eliza Wheeler is an illustrator and author of books for kids, teens, and the young at heart. Her book Miss Maple’s Seeds was a NYT bestseller, and her book Home in the Woods was dubbed “Gorgeous” by the New York Times book review. Eliza is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Keep Me In Your Heart

October 15, 2012

A new illustration in honor of good friends getting married. What could be more appropriate than a Winnie the Pooh quote? “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.” ~A.A. Milne Congratulations Sean and Sarah!    

Publishing 101: Who’s Who

October 1, 2012

       For illustrators new to publishing, I briefly cover the  roles of editors, art directors, literary agents and art reps. See that post on my group blog; KidLitArtists http://kidlitartists.blogspot.com/2012/09/publishing-people-101-by-eliza-wheeler.html  

SCBWI Bulletin (Sept/Oct 2012) Cover Piece

September 17, 2012

    I was invited by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) to do cover artwork for their magazine’s 2012 Sept/Oct issue. This is a huge honor, as it only comes out 4 times a year and the illustrators they usually ask to contribute are total rock-stars! The theme always involves a kite in some way (the society’s logo), and I had so many fun image ideas; funny, scary, sweet – but the one I chose was what I hope is the most magical concept. This was the first time I’ve ever worked in 3-point perspective, the…

Drawing Happy Fun Time with Jen Rofé

September 7, 2012

  I feel lucky to be living in the same city as my agent, Jen Rofé, and we were recently able to take advantage of our proximity with a face-to-face meeting. Jen came over for a little “studio” visit, to discuss some work in progress, reflect on this summer’s SCBWI conference (which Jen was highly involved in), and have some fun with a drawing lesson. This was too valuable of an experience not to document and share! I’ve never given anyone a drawing lesson before and wasn’t sure where to start. Jen, the eager student, right away asks “Why the…