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Learn to draw, illustrate and make picture books

I have been working out what to do with the rest of life for the past year or so!

Don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with me, but there is a lot wrong with publishing. I’m planning on making some videos about the state of publishing quite soon.

I want to keep making children’s books. I have loads of ideas for new characters and stories. I actually love the physical process of creating and manufacturing books, and I’m coming to enjoy the marketing and promotion side of publishing too.

I also love to make videos and share my experience in drawing, illustration and making books. But I can’t do both… until now.

As I say, I’ve been working this out. I’ve been on quite an emotional journey this last year, working through monthly  business seminars to guide me. I realise it’s time for authors to take control of their lives and become the entrepreneurs that they really are.

I have now set up my patreon page so that I can teach drawing, illustration and picture book making, by sharing my practice and process as an independent author/publisher. Bringing the two strands of my interest and expertise together in one place.

Patreon is a sort of crowd-funding platform for creative people. But now it is morphing into a membership platform where you can join me and support what I do from as little as $1. In return I’m offering rising tiers of rewards, offering drawing, illustration and publishing lessons. Join my creative crew for hangouts to ask questions, get advice or just shoot the breeze with similar-minded people all around the world.

Go to my Patreon Page now to get all the details and join a growing group of people who are all on the same creative path as you.

200,000 YouTube Subscribers!


Amazing! My YouTube channel, ShooRaynerDRawing has just acquired it’s 200,000th subscriber!

Thanks you so much to all of you for your support over the last 10 year and more. It has been quite an experience and I have got to know some of you over that time too, meeting in the comments box from time to time.

What’s the next target? Could I get to 1million? Why not? It’s just a number ?

Nearly Finished Artwork for Walker- The boy who can talk to dogs


In this video I do a lot of drawing and painting and talking about artwork and making children’s books as I create the final artwork for the image I prepared as a rough in the previous video 

My Editor, Janet, loved the sketches I sent her and now it is a race against time to finish the artwork for the print deadline. I need to paint at least eight images a day, preferably more. It doesn’t help that Mrs Rayner is going away for a week and I have to spend a day in London and we have builders in, who I have to lease with, and cook supper for my aged Mother and go shopping for her and me and my son… but I will get there in time, even if I have to work late in the evenings. It’s part of the “Glamour” of being an illustrator.

Actually, that sounds like the title of a video blog!

It is all painted greyscale as It is going to be a back and white book.The colour I use is:
Neutral Tint Half Pan Watercolour Paint
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