PK 177: Becoming a Children’s Book Illustrator – Interview With Matt B Lewis

Becoming a children鈥檚 book illustrator is a dream for many artists, but how can you turn this dream into reality and actually make a decent living from it?

In this week鈥檚 podcast, Australian children鈥檚 book illustrator, Matt B Lewis, reveals how he eventually decided to take the plunge and go freelance after 18 years as a civil servant – a totally unrelated career.

Although he never went to art school, Matt has always drawn every single day. And, one day in 2017, he decided to see if he really could turn his hobby into a viable career.

Having enrolled in the Illustration Lighthouse program in September 2016, he鈥檇 already realized how important it is to find the one thing you love doing most and concentrate on that.
So that鈥檚 exactly what he did. And, by October, he鈥檇 already written, illustrated and published his first book, Monsters in the Garden – a gift to his young daughter.

Another picture book for his son followed in February 2017, by which time Matt felt ready to start taking his new creative career to the next stage.

But how exactly did he go about doing this? You鈥檒l find out more about becoming a children’s book illustrator in this week鈥檚 inspiring podcast interview.

Becoming a Children’s Book Illustrator – How Matt B Lewis Did it

鈥淵ou have to be true to yourself, you have to have 100% commitment. If you鈥檙e gonna do it, you鈥檝e just gotta do it. You can鈥檛 half hit the mark.鈥滭br /> ~ Matt B Lewis.

Highlights From This Podcast:

  • Why being self-taught needn鈥檛 be a barrier to your art career
  • Why concentrating on the one thing you love doing most is so important
  • How to find out about networking events in your local area
  • Why determination and putting yourself out there are key factors in your success
  • Why having a portfolio to show to prospective clients is crucial
  • How to study and develop your skills as an artist
  • How to quit the day job and finally start doing what you鈥檝e always wanted to do.

We hope this week’s聽interview with Matt B Lewis gives you lots of inspiring advice about becoming a children’s book illustrator.

And, if you enjoyed this podcast, you might also like to listen to this interview with artist Oliver Kriel on how to publish your first children’s book in just three months.

Have you got any ideas for illustrating a children’s book in the near future? Tell us about them in the comments box below this post – we’d love to hear from you!

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2 Responses to “PK 177: Becoming a Children’s Book Illustrator – Interview With Matt B Lewis”

  1. Sarah

    This is really inspiring!!! I am leaving this podcast ready to achieve my dreams that seem impossible. Thanks!

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      Mitch at PencilKings

      That’s great to hear Sarah! I think this story was great in that it was so honest – it took work! I wish you all the success in the world!


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