Art,  Course,  Smart Dummies

Who’s in for Marks and Splashes?

For those who are following my drama today I was unable to get onto my website to make a post about editing. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I’ll be saving that post for tomorrow. Today I have EXCITING NEWS about Mark Mitchell’s course. I just heard about it a few hours ago, so I just had to post!

Mark Mitchell’s “Make Your Marks and Splashes” course is starting up soon! I was signed up for the Children’s Book Academy “The Craft and Business of Illustrating Picture Books” when this class started last year, and was unable to attend. This year will be different! I will be taking Mark’s class this year. I’m so excited. Here’s the link:


I’m a bit embarrassed that I forgot about taking (or talking about) Mark’s class. Apparently Mark forgot to get the word out about the class, so he’s giving us all kinds of bonus material if we sign up by Saturday August 24th! (Now I’m kind of glad I forgot because there are so many bonuses now!)


  • Four complimentary months of Marks & Splashes Guest Group Critiques, led by top illustrators and other professionals in children’s book publishing. 
  • A vintage interview series I did with 16 children’s book illustrators who work(ed) in traditional water media, several of them well known, like Patricia PolaccoTed andBetsy LewinAshley Wolff, E.B. Lewis, the late Leonard Everett Fisher, and Caldecott Medal winners Jerry PinkneyEmily Arnold McCully and the late Barbara Cooney. The lavishly visual articles, which I completed in my years as a contributing editor of American Artist Watercolor Magazine feature the artists’ drawing steps, research methods, painting processes, thumbnail and dummy page examples and much more.
  • An complimentary semester (Winter 2020) of live group homework huddles with Mark

On top of these bonuses

  • Going Pro with the Girillustrators video workshop series
  • Cindy Wilder’s Drawing Basics Intensive Video Series
  • Julie’s Story Town – An Epic Look at Storycraft
  • Live Monthly Sessions to get Feedback on Your Work

This is all on TOP of the Make Your Marks and Splashes course. It is packed FULL of things to help us get our Picture Books done beautifully and quickly. Here are some of my favorite things I want to learn. 

Creating a Thumbnail in 30 Seconds (it takes me a couple minutes right now)

Keeping Characters Consistent in Every Page

How to Navigate My Art Business

Finding New Strategies for Creating Dummies

Join Me!

Do you want to join me? Maybe we could create our own critique group for the class. I would love to get to know more of you better. I will be there so I can give you personal help at any time during the course. You can sign up for the course here:

But What About Smart Dummies?

What we learn in this course is going to directly translate into what we are doing for Smart Dummies, so this course is great if you want a bit of extra help creating your dummy this year. This will not take away from what we are doing in Smart Dummies, but it will inform what I talk about for the Smart Dummies event!

Didn’t see this soon enough? Join anyway! I was going to join before I knew about any of the bonuses!

Please let me know if you are joining me for this course! I’ll contact you so we can get the most out of this course.

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