Random Acts of Creativity by Kaz Windness

Resources: Intro to Children’s Book Illustration

Resources for RMC-SCBWI Letters & Lines conference attendees and blog fans with a children’s book illustration interest.

Sample thumbnail dummy books:


32-Page Sample:32-page

Sample contract for illustrators working with Independent Publishers:


Colorado Independent Publishers Association:

Portfolio Check Sheet:


Local RMC-SCBWI Opportunities:

RMC-SCBWI Mentorship Program (NOW – Oct 20th):

Critique Connects and other events calendar:

National SCBWI Opportunities:

Full list of SCBWI Illustrator opportunities:

Submission requirements for SCBWI Bulletin:

Links to RMC-SCBWI social Media:

NOTE: To share images with us, post using hashtag #rmcscbwi

Facebook Private Group (must be a member and ask to join):

Instagram: @scbwirockymtn


My (Karen “Kaz” Windness) social media handles:

Facebook: @karen.windness

Instagram: @KazWindness

Twitter: @KWindness

My web Links:



Pinterest (TONS of pinned resources, inspiration and weirdness):

Help with Color, Composition, & Working Fast:

Member Badge (save image and use!):


Recommended Books:

Every illustrator NEEDS THIS BOOK! “Art, Money, Success” by Maria Brophy. Includes everything you must know about branding, marketing, and doing business as an illustrator.


Publishers, literary agents, magazines, contests, and more: Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market (current year): The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published

BRILLIANT book on the elements of design for picture book illustrators: PICTURE THIS by Molly Bang:


How to illustrate children’s literature: Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books by Uri Shulevitz



Featured post

Floral Bat

New Art featuring my favorite animal and my favorite colors. I’m for sure getting the t-shirt dress. I’m for sure NOT getting the leggings. OMG…

Can’t Hide my Pride!

Stabby Unicorn is celebrating #Pride month! Swag HERE.stabby-pride-gif

Karla Monterrosa Interview

Interested in working in animation? This interview is for you! Karla Monterrosa works at Titmouse Animation and check out her amazing work here! and Instagram: @karlamontz

Yevgenia Nayberg Interview

Interested in editorial illustration? This interview is for you! And check out Yevgenia’s amazing art at: and Instagram: @znayberg

Postcard Mailer Update & Trick

Right now (June 2020), no Art Directors are getting postcards due to Covid-19 and working from home. Many of them are looking for postcard posts on social media, however, so take advantage of that!

When you do go to mailing postcards, an immediately visible image is best. Often, an opaque envelope will be considered unsolicited mail and won’t even be opened. This has especially been the case since the whole Anthrax mailing attacks in NY shortly after 9-11.

But what if you don’t want to design the back of your card to USPS mailing standards? My trick? Clear envelopes.


You can affix the labels and stamp to the sleeve and the image is still visible to the art director so it won’t be trashed.

Additionally, you can add swag, like stickers! These are for my Weirdness Sticker Club:


I get the sleeves from Amazon, but you can also get them at

How to Price your Illustrations

Struggling with how to price and invoice your work-for-hire illustrations? Learn how in my new video!

If you need a transcript, feel free to email me at

Bee Yourself


Sticker coming through the Weirdness Sticker Club!


Video Demo:

Weirdness Sticker Club!

Due to popular demand, I’ve just launched the Weirdness Sticker Club! For just $5/month you can get two stickers featuring new designs each month. Click here to join my Patreon and get your stickers!

Here are just a few of the designs I have on order, with lots more to come!

Stabby in Captivity

Here’s a new Stabby art parody based on the famous tapestry. Scroll down for the outline version, made especially for printing and coloring. Enjoy and share your results!captivity-stabby-windness


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