Interview with Illustrator Steve Brown

Interview Illustrator Steve Brown

I am pleased to introduce illustrator Steve Brown! He is a freelance children’s illustrator from the Romney Marsh in Kent, England and has been drawing for as long as he can remember. His animation style is heavily influenced by the cartoons of the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s which he considers “the best”. Steve is most often in his home studio scribbling away on his Wacom Cintiq, located at the bottom of his garden that overlooks fields and trees. His passion is for character design and story telling through illustration. Steve “likes to use humor” in his illustrations to “make it more fun for children and adults.” Secretly, he sneaks in lots of subtle details that take a careful eye to spot. Follow Steve’s incredible art on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and at his website, Steve Brown Illustration.

10 Best Picture Books for Boys

10 Best Picture Books for Boys

These 10 picture books are the best for young boys. Having two young boys myself, I can assure you these will create giggles and laughs time after time. I have personally read these books on numerous occasions! Whether you’re looking for a cuddly bed time reading or a perfect gift for someone else, consider these 10 wonderful titles.

How to Create Major Characters from Scratch

Create Major Characters from Scratch

Curious how authors create incredible leading characters from out of nowhere? Well, be curious no more! After reading these techniques, you will be able to create brilliantly believable characters your readers and listeners will love. In fact, you will want to re-visit some of your old characters and give them a new paint job. Leave the boring, one-dimensional characters to your competition.

Write Picture Books Without Being Preachy

Write Without Being Preachy

Teaching through stories has been around since the dawn of communication. Although when that dawn occurred is hotly contested, what isn’t contested is that stories are excellent methods to communicate a message. They are so excellent, in fact, writers often abuse them by being too preachy. What this really means is that the lesson or purpose in a story, especially in children’s books and even more so if it’s a picture book, should be subtle. Does this come natural to you? Probably not. But it can, if you implement these 5 techniques.