The Clandestine Life of a Children’s Book Illustrator



I was out as evening broke, when car lights had to be on but it was still light enough to see the color of things. I was snapping pictures of cars as they drove by. I could see drivers inside the vehicles with questioning looks. What is she up to? Why is she taking pictures of my car? She doesn’t look like James Bond. I wanted to see the effects of headlights on the back of the vehicles in front of them.


It’s just one of those activities that I get involved with because of illustrating children’s books. I run home to get my camera when I walk by a field of sheep with curly horns. I’m sure I can use those sheep in some illustration I’m working on. And more often than not, it will end up in a book.


Other times I just happen to have my watercolors in the back of my car and I get a call that says your mom is upset, can you come over here. I’ll head over to mom’s and she watches me paint one of the other ladies. She is fascinated with the process. She asks me how long those paints last. She asks me where do you start when you draw a face. She tries to get the lady to sit still because I’m painting her. I tell mom it’s ok. People move. That’s all part of painting from life.


The cows come home


So how long was I out their taking pictures of cars? Well I was out there long enough to see the cows come home.


Detail of When the cows come home.




About Sherry Meidell

Sherry Meidell is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society Western Federation Watercolor Society and the Utah Watercolor Society. She loves to paint with watercolor whether she is painting pictures or illustrating children's picture books. She is a member of SCBWI. Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
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3 Responses to The Clandestine Life of a Children’s Book Illustrator

  1. You are so talented. I love hearing about the process of your work and seeing the results

  2. Thanks Shaunda. Hope things are going well with you.

  3. Bonnie Robinson says:

    So grateful our paths have crossed in this life and that you can continue to inspire me with your creative endeavors! Keep up the great work!

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