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Why I want to be a Children's Book Illustrator

Why I want to be a Children’s Book Illustrator

Hello and welcome to my blog! I thought I would introduce myself to new readers and share why I want to be a Children’s Book Illustrator and Author.

Since I was a little girl, I have been writing and drawing children’s picture books. From “The Powerful Pumpkin” aka the superhero pumpkin who saved baby vegetables from sugary treats I wrote when I was 6, to the story of the last dragon who lived in an oak tree and made friends with knights instead of fighting them I wrote in middle school, I have always loved both writing and drawing!

However, life seemed to get in the way of my childhood dreams, and my ambitions of becoming a children’s book illustrator became just that…a dream.

But like many people, 2020 was a year of a lot of soul searching and finding out what really matters in life. I realised that my childhood dreams could become reality if I really focused on manifesting them. I started research how to be a children’s book illustrator guides, became a SCBWI member, joined a weekly critique group and even started my own book club. I also tried (and failed) to self-publish my first ABC children’s book. I bit off far more than I could chew and set unrealistic deadlines for myself, but hey! I learned something invaluable – that failing is a part of the journey!

I am very excited to start my journey as a Children’s Book Illustrator, starting with the CYA conference this weekend. I have been wanting to join this conference for years and finally invested in this for myself! So wish me good luck, and I will try to share my review of the children’s book conference once it’s finished!

Thank you for reading!

Why I want to be a Children's Book Illustrator

Looking for an Illustrator for your own children’s book project? I am always looking for new and exciting things to work on! Check out my portfolio and contact me to get started! I look forward to hearing from you!

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Xo
Lauren