Last night I presented the last of a three night webinar based course called “Building EZ Picture Books for the Kindle”. I had a lot of fun putting this class together and I couldn’t have pulled it off if it wasn’t for my friend Mark Mitchell of “Marks and Splashes” a course for aspiring Children’s Book artists.
Our “Building EZ Picture Books for the Kindle” class offered the student detailed instruction on how to assemble and publish their own PB to the Kindle Store using a “fixed layout” structure based on HTML. A working template that the students could use was also included with the course. Even though the live sessions are over the video course and all the downloadable goodies is still available by following this link.
I really enjoy teaching!
I’ve been hard a work developing the materials for my new online course. I spent a lot of time figuring out how to build a quality Children’s Picture Book for the Kindle.
My goal with the course is to make the process of building a Picture Book for the Kindle EZ for anyone. You don’t have to know how to write HTML in order to build a book. Check out my introductory video below!
You can sign up for the course here.
I just finished creating this Youtube.com book trailer for “Undead Ted”. Animation software was Toonboom 6.0 (I’m a little rusty when using this software) and iMovie.
This past Thursday my painting was on display at the 2013 Northwest Watercolor Society’s Waterworks Exhibition. It was a real honor to have been selected as just one of 50 pieces that was included in the event. There were many fine paintings represented by talented artists. Congratulations to the winner and many thanks to Mr. Michael Reardon who judged the event.
Journeys of the Harvest
Click here for a list of the artists and prize winners!
My brother in-law’s latest book “Harvest Heritage” was just released by the WSU Press. I was lucky enough to be invited to produce six spot illustrations for the book. Thank you Dick!
The illustrations were done with ink pen and watercolor wash. Creating this kind of artwork really helps the artist learn values without using color. An example of one of the illustrations is shown below.
Spot Illustration – Pen/Wash
Last night Mark Mitchell of “How to be a Childrens Book Illustrator Course” kindly hosted a webinar. I presented a two hour webinar how “Undead Ted” was created. Thank you Mark for this opporunity to share with others.
Have you ever wondered how to format your illustrated Children’s Book for the Kindle platform?
Check out this is a free video: Creating Undead Ted
Working on a new set of characters for a possible project.
After a little work in Photoshop.
After months of work…nearly quitting several times, Undead Ted now lives as an ebook in Amazon’s Kindle store.
It all started with a story I wrote this past spring. Many revisions later the script seemed lean enough but I have to say there were times when I thought it was good enough and then it was revised again. Each revision seemed to make the story work better. Its hard to be “in love” with your work and then hack at it again and again.
The art was the easy part. Figuring out how to format the whole thing into a fixed layout children’s book was not easy. I read several books – some good and some not so good. There are a lot of differing opinions out there regarding formatting for Kindle. There are a multitude of device resolutions to design your images for. I ended up choosing the Kindle Fire HD as my target resolution. 1280 x 800 pixels.
I realize now that the easy part was making the book…the hard part is getting anyone to notice it in the Kindle Store. Marketing, marketing, marketing…