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Evie Woltil Richner: Crafting Stories for Children's Books - Tom Ray's Art Podcast

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In the episode of the Art Podcast, we get a look at the creative journey of Evie Richner, an artist with a dream of bringing her own picture books to life.

Evie's path is not just about the transition from printmaking to illustration; it's a testament to the power of reinvention and the pursuit of a childhood dream. Evie shares the challenges of developing a new drawing style to capture the essence of characters in a way that speaks to both children and adults.

Evie describes their commitment to learning new skills through platforms like Skillshare and their strategic move to Madison, Wisconsin, to immerse themself in a community that supports artistic growth. From volunteering at Tandem Press to working at an elementary school, all to fuel their artistic endeavors.

We talk about the nuts and bolts of creating a children's book today, character design, the importance of an art portfolio, and the role of organizations like the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) in guiding emerging authors.

Evie talks about the demands of motherhood with the discipline required to animate the shadows in her home into abstract art pieces.

For those curious about the business side of art, Evie sheds light on the process of finding a publisher, the importance of having an agent, and the decision to sell prints through an Etsy shop.

Links

Evie Woltil Richner's Illustration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/evierichnerillustration

Evie Woltil Richner's Website: https://www.eviewoltilrichner.com



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