Britt Sekulic is an American children’s book illustrator & writer, based in Los Angeles with her husband and pug and sometimes in the beautiful Pacific Northwest of western Washington.
She has illustrated 6 children’s books including the Vail’s Tales and The Daily Round’s of a Hound series, Come Along and Dream as well as written & illustrated her own children’s book series Peepi Leepi.
Currently she is working on the second books for the Vail’s Tales and Peepi Leepi series, as well as writing a YA science fiction book that will be released next year. Britt’s work has been featured on CNN, reached #1 in children’s religious fiction on Amazon, she has worked with award-winning journalists, and even has a book she designed in Buckingham Palace.
Her work includes: book design for childrens’ books Bernie’s First Plane Adventure and Bernie and the Lonely Rhino by CNN journalist Faith Karimi, map design for fiction book Burners by New York Times bestselling author Bob Mayer, book cover and map design for Guernica: The Wound in the Heart, book cover art for The Ensuite Life: Traveling the World and Avoiding the Toilet at the End of the Hall, album art for Born To Be Kings EP by Orbit Monkey, as well as logo and web design for various small businesses.
She is also founder of Popstradamus a self-publishing assistant business that helps people design and publish their books.
Where do you do your illustrating?
Sometimes I illustrate in a chair, sometimes on the couch, sometimes on a plane, sometimes upside down, sometimes backwards, but almost always with my pug Jussi by my side and music playing.
Where do you get inspiration for your drawings?
From pug snuggling, music, yoga, hiking, nature, traveling, daydreams, dream dreams, and the silly moments in between.
I heard you are a big music buff. Are you on Spotify or Soundcloud?
Yes! You can find me on Spotify, I have a ton of playlists. I also post my favorite new songs on my Instagram stories throughout the week that have gained a fun following.
IS IT TRUE YOUR DRAWINGS HAVE A LOT OF HIDDEN STORIES BEHIND THEM?
I try my best to squeak in as many little hidden gems as I can in my drawings. Sometimes you'll see pop culture references, or little nods to things I like, or funny things that were said between myself and the author. In theVail's Tales books, I did my best to get in as many personal tidbits about Vail herself in the illustrations, for instance, her favorite colors, favorite foods, I even drew her family and a few of her friends into the book. When we do book readings, I get to tell the kids all the funny stories behind the illustrations.
What equipment or programs do you use for your drawing?
Mostly my iPad and the Apple Pencil for my drawings these days. I first started working with paper, colored pencil, and a lightbox, but it was terribly painstaking. Now I use the Procreate app for my drawing. It's easy to use and you can do so many more fun things digitally than you can from drawing on paper. I also use Adobe Photoshop for some final touchups on my desktop and then for the final book design and text layout I use Adobe InDesign.
Could you illustrate my book? HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE?
I am frequently available for new projects! Every book project is assessed individually. I usually charge a fee per illustration and then for each added service that's needed: text layout, book design, publishing etc.
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