Learn From the Pros

Watch 'em Work:
Paige Kaiser
Emma Quay
Quentin Blake and more here
Tedd Arnold
Phyllis Cahill
John Rocco
Emily Gravett  (click on the "about me" sign to watch her work!)
Mike Tackett
Rebecca Thornburgh

Hear 'Em Talk:
"Here's What I Did," A nice little story of how an illustrator got to where she is now.
Just One More Book.com, Author & Illustrator Interviews
Escape From Illustration Island, "What I Wish I Knew When I Started"
Illustrator Interviews: by Kids Book Review,
Author Interviews: Damsels in Regress,
Notes From The Horn Book newsletter often has interviews: "Five questions for..."
Reading Rockets video interviews of authors and illustrators.
Blogcritics.org <- click here, then search "illustrator interview"

How They Write:

Writing & Editing Checklist

On Humor:
Laura Murray

On Poetry, Rhythm and Rhyme:
Steven Fry's "The Ode Less Traveled"

On Ideas:
Picture Book Idea Month 2011 (PiBoIdMo)

How They Draw:

On Composition:

Working with the Gutter:
Suzy Lee

On Drawing, Line & Perspective:
Andrew Loomis
Defining Perspective Grids

See Their Stuff:
Here are some good examples of the different mediums and how the artists choose to work with those mediums.  Of course, these things tend to overlap, (such as pencil drawings are colored with watercolor), but hopefully breaking down the books like this will be helpful.  This page will continually be a work in progress, as I learn about new books and the artists who create them.

If you've found a good example of any of the following mediums, let me know!

Watercolor and Gauache
Anita Jeram
Jon J. Muth
Emily Fiegenschuh
LeUyen Pham
Dan Yaccarino, gauache

Pen and Ink
Quentin Blake

Leslie Patricelli
Anna Dewdney
Judy Schachner

Graphite (traditional pencil)
Chris VanAllsburg

Collage and Mixed Media
Judith Moffatt, cut paper.
Bryan Collier, mixed media.
Salley Mavor, embroidery and felt.
Eric Carle, cut paper and collage.
Cathryn Falwell, "Scoot!" collage, cut paper, and pieces of nature.
Betsy Snyder, "Peanut Butter and Jellyfishes," and "Haiku Baby,"
Clare Beaton, felt and fabric.
Mique Moriuchi, paper and acrylic collage, and her blog.
Lida Enche, "Goose Moon"

Digital Art
"Wolf! Wolf!" by John Rocco.  Original drawings in pencil, then scanned and painted in Photoshop.
Dan Santat
Dani Jones

Other Media
Egg Tempera on Illustration Board - "One Wintry Night" by Ruth Bell Graham, Illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson