Learn from a professional

Mark Pett has been writing and illustrating his own children's books since 2011, and before that he spent 9 years writing and drawing his own syndicated comic strips. In this video interview you'll see what it's like to be a professional writer and illustrator and learn valuable insights and concepts from his experience.

This course covers:

  • Overview of Mark Pett's journey as an author and illustrator.

  • Mark's thoughts on what to send to publishers.

  • A look into Mark's process of creating a children's book.

  • Concepts such as simplicity and clarity in storytelling, and the importance of capturing the essence of a drawing.

  • Mark's advice to creators both new and experienced.

Or you can purchase the course à la carte

About the Instructor

Authorstrator

Mark Pett

Writer and illustrator Mark Pett makes books. He is the “authorstrator” of This Is My Book!, Lizard From the Park, The Boy and the Airplane, The Girl and the Bicycle, and The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes. Before books, he created the syndicated comic strips Mr. Lowe and Lucky Cow. Mark lives in the Mountain West.

Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Mark Pett Studio Interview Part 1

    • Mark Pett Studio Interview Part 2

Note: Due to an equipment malfunction in Video 2 (2:55-8:58) the audio is poorer quality. 

Reviews

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Mark Pett Interview

Victoria Wordsworth

The interview is well thought out and shares many layers of the creative process of this successful “authorstrator.” Overall, very inspiring - and it was esp...

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The interview is well thought out and shares many layers of the creative process of this successful “authorstrator.” Overall, very inspiring - and it was especially nice that he introduces his assistant and credits her role in his work flow, helping him achieve his goals.

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Precious and positive Insight!

Marco Morgado dos Santos

It really gives you the guts to start making something of your own. I found it very helpful this simple yet so rich interview on so many topics: Idea breedi...

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It really gives you the guts to start making something of your own. I found it very helpful this simple yet so rich interview on so many topics: Idea breeding; Art managers/editors and work assistants; The tools; The actual process of making a [children's] book; Tips and motivation for aspiring book "authorstrators" or simply illustrators. And even Mark Pett's not-so-linear career in the trade shows that you can maximize your life experiences into art making. I'm glad I watched it. The Mark's assistant voice sound was a little bit off (it could probably gain a lot by having a mic of her own). But other than that, the class was totally worth it (even more if you're considering children's books as a path). Haven't seen something so concise and yet so rich in a while.

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Thank you Mark Pett!

Donella Ly

This was the best 40 minutes spent. As a newbie, this was incredibly helpful to better understand the illustrating process. It was particularly useful un...

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This was the best 40 minutes spent. As a newbie, this was incredibly helpful to better understand the illustrating process. It was particularly useful understanding the beauty in paring down work into simple forms to better communicate/storytell. Thank you!

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Many layers of knowledge revealed here

Shanda McCloskey

I had never thought much applying minimal writing principles to the illustrations. Hearing Pett talk about that was my biggest takeaway! I also enjoyed the l...

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I had never thought much applying minimal writing principles to the illustrations. Hearing Pett talk about that was my biggest takeaway! I also enjoyed the look into his process, tools, and space... a lot. The whole assistant thing blew my mind, but I'm so glad he chose to show Mikel and how her hands are involved in the projects. This video was fascinating, and most of all, incredibly inspiring!

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Very Nice Overview Of An Illustrators LIfe

Geoffrey Gordon

I really like the term authorstrator, this one was short but very insightful. I think I may take up watercolour again and watercolour pencils. Gave me a real...

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I really like the term authorstrator, this one was short but very insightful. I think I may take up watercolour again and watercolour pencils. Gave me a really good idea of the broader picture and inspired a few ideas of my own. :)

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Brilliantly Simple

Spencer Hale

Thanks Mark for such an inspiring lesson. I really liked the format of the video. I felt like a friend just having a chat with you. The words of advice and q...

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Thanks Mark for such an inspiring lesson. I really liked the format of the video. I felt like a friend just having a chat with you. The words of advice and quotes at the end really brought it home for me. Thanks Mark & SVS!

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Love

Elizabeth Parziale

This made my spirit so happy. Video looked great, brilliant take a way points, this artist is very inspirational and this was just right length to watch in o...

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This made my spirit so happy. Video looked great, brilliant take a way points, this artist is very inspirational and this was just right length to watch in one sitting. Perfect, more please!!

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Insightful and really informative!

Emilia Czaszke-Jaloszynska

A super helpful and honest insight into a life of a creator! I loved the way he lets the viewer have a glimpse of his current projects, his working environme...

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A super helpful and honest insight into a life of a creator! I loved the way he lets the viewer have a glimpse of his current projects, his working environment and the way he gets about telling his stories! I found it both inspiring and encouraging really…

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Great Info

Todd Ackerman

Wow, The amount of valuable information in these two videos alone! I was very pleased with the pace of it. Mark Pett is an inspiration!

Wow, The amount of valuable information in these two videos alone! I was very pleased with the pace of it. Mark Pett is an inspiration!

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Studio Interview

Kelly Paries

Very Good advice. I love how he encourages us to keep working every day.

Very Good advice. I love how he encourages us to keep working every day.

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Great interview

Shauna Bradford

It was so nice to see an “authastrator” in his environment. I was able to take notes on the equipment he was using and add them to my wish list. Thank you!

It was so nice to see an “authastrator” in his environment. I was able to take notes on the equipment he was using and add them to my wish list. Thank you!

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An Inside look at Authorstratorship

Juan Ayala

I found this to have been a very refreshing listen. Taking a seat back and listening to a professional like Mark Pett speak on his role, process and wisdom a...

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I found this to have been a very refreshing listen. Taking a seat back and listening to a professional like Mark Pett speak on his role, process and wisdom as an author/illustrator was a treat.

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