Ep.158: The adventure of children’s book illustration with Richard Smythe

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Hey, guys! In this episode, I am chatting with Richard Smythe, an awarded picture books illustrator and oil painter from the UK. He has worked with publishers such as Simon & Schuster, Paula Wiseman Books, Walker Books, Little Tiger Press and many more.

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“Have big dreams, work hard, keep on learning and challenging yourself, but manage your expectations – it doesn’t happen overnight!”

  • Richard developed his skills through observational drawings, learning from books and basically through the system of trial and error
  • Richard gives advice about pricing your artworks for galleries, that you need to be careful about gallery commissions, painting size and the target group and the value of the frame. It’s always good to develop a relationship with the gallery first.
  • If you want to start in children’s books industry, you should do a body of work that is specifically for that industry. He wishes he narrowed his work down earlier.

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Special thanks to Richard for joining me today. See you next time!

All artworks by Richard Smythe, used with permission

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