As a celebration of the 2021 Children’s Book Week, beloved children’s book artists have contributed didactic and entertaining lessons in how to draw some of their favorite characters to help us celebrate our Children’s Book Week 2021 theme, Reading is a Superpower.
We have provided the links to a few individual illustrations BELOW (easier to hardest) (just click on the small picture) that you can download and use to learn to draw the character.
Michael Wertz (West Margin Press)
Michael Wertz is a noted illustrator, printmaker, and educator. His work has been recognized and awarded by Communication Arts, American Illustration, 3×3, and The Society of Illustrators. He is the Assistant Chair of Illustration at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, where he teaches portfolio, screenprinting, and digital tools classes. He has collaborated with clients like the DeYoung Museum, BART, Scholastic, Peaches Christ, Nike, Oaklandish, the Oakland Museum, and The New York Times to create vivid imagery that tells a story and delights the eyeballs.
| Visit the website. | Instagram.
Brian Lies (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt BFYR)
Brian Lies is the Caldecott honor-winning author-illustrator of New York Times bestsellers Bats at the Beach, Bats at the Library, Bats at the Ballgame, and Bats in the Band. His latest title is Little Bat in Night School. He has written and illustrated more than twenty books for children. Born in Princeton, New Jersey, Brian lives on the South Shore of Massachusetts with his family.
| Visit the website. | Twitter. | Instagram.
Hello!Lucky is all about using creativity to spread joy, fun, and kindness. Founded by sisters Eunice and Sabrina Moyle in 2003, Hello!Lucky is an award-winning letterpress greeting card and design studio working with dozens of partners to create products, including Abrams’ pun-derful children’s books: My Mom Is Magical!, My Dad Is Amazing!, Super Pooper and Whizz Kid: Potty Power!, Kindness Rules!, Christmas Is Awesome!, Go Get ’Em, Tiger!, and Thanks a Ton! They also offer bedding, ceramics, socks, stationery, custom photo albums, and more. Hello!Lucky is based in San Francisco, California.
| Visit the website. | Facebook. | Twitter.| Instagram.
Irene Chan (Charlesbridge)
Irene Chan is the illustrator of the beloved and best-selling Baby Loves Science series. She is also a designer, art director, and artist, with some of her work now licensed as children’s wall art, greeting cards, stationery, and various home décor products. She lives with her family in Atlanta, GA.
| Visit Irene online. | Facebook. | Instagram.
Brenna Thummler (Oni Lion Forge Publishing Group)
Brenna Thummler has always known her life is haunted. Much like Marjorie Glatt, she grew up in a small Pennsylvania town, where piano practice and ghost stories were part of her daily routine. It wasn’t until she attended Ringling College of Art and Design, however, that she realized her passion for storytelling (as well as her hatred of laundry). Now back in her hometown, she spends her days drawing, writing, and being suspicious of her sheets.
| Visit the website. | Facebook. | Behance. | Twitter. | Instagram.