“EASILY Illustrate Your OWN Children’s Book…EVEN If You Never Painted
and Can’t Draw a Straight Line!”
Revealed! The Foundational Design and Illustration Techniques You MUST Understand to Succeed
With Your Children’s Book!

From the Desk of Tony Laidig

RE: Your Children’s Book Illustrations…

I hate to admit it…embarassing but true…I’ve worked as an artist for most of my life, and can’t even draw a straight line (well, I DO know how to use a ruler). I loved to draw and paint as a kid, but my Dad’s canned response to me every time I showed him my latest creation should have clued me in…”That’s good, Son, but you can do better!” Perhaps that explains why my folks feared for my future well-being when I announced, fresh out of high-school, that I wanted to pursue art as a career. The look on their faces was worth a thousand words…


They thought I was crazy and needed to get a REAL job…(they said that!)

Thanks Mom and Dad! I appreciate the love and support! I set out to prove my parents wrong and began working as a photographer and later as a graphic artist and book designer for a Christian Publishing Company. With a LOT of persistence and hard work, I achieved the success as an artist I had hoped for…NOT as an illustrator but as a computer-based artist.

While working in the Publishing Industry, one of the trends I noticed was that it seemed EVERYONE had a children’s book they wanted to publish…it was kind of a running joke. I was even approached on numerous occasions to illustrate them and I refused every time. Why? Because (remember) I couldn’t draw to save my life! Over time, I realized that the MAJOR problem in succeeding with children’s books ALWAYS came down to the SAME issue…the illustrations!

 Every single author I met who wanted to publish a
children’s book struggled with illustrations!

House_LRIt’s like that is YOUR problem too! Sure you could hire an illustrator to create your book’s illustrations for you but you will likely encounter one of two problems…

1) Getting quality illustrations are expensive; or

2) Your illustrations will look like crap!

The ONLY exception is if you or someone you know can actually draw or paint…and that’s likely NOT the case! What’s even MORE frustrating is that the children’s e-book market is EXPLODING right now…experiencing 475% growth…and it’s not likely to change anytime soon thanks to tablets and smartphones!

So…it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that, if you want to succeed as a children’s book author, you need GREAT illustrations. After all, THAT is how children connect to the story. They may not be able to read but they can look at the illustrations! Even my own sister had many conversations with me about a children’s book she wrote. It’s a wonderful story but HER problem is the same as YOURS…


Is there a way to create quality illustrations without being an artist?

I needed to find a solution to this…a solution that ANYONE could use to create their OWN illustrations and have them look amazing. The other day I was thinking about this while emptying some old boxes in my basement when TWO discoveries got me REALLY excited about a possible solution…I found two graphic novels I had “illustrated” years ago using a specific method and found two comic book covers I had designed back when I was experimenting with some new design methods.

That’s when the answer hit me
like a TON of bricks…

I actually had known how to create illustrations for children’s books for YEARS and it never even occurred to me. I didn’t realize the knowledge “GOLD” I had until that moment. After a lot of experimenting and testing, I KNEW I was onto a solution that ANYONE could use to create as many illustrations for children’s books as they needed!

Imagine this…what if you could:

  • Illustrate your ENTIRE children’s book in an afternoon with amazing-looking illustrations.
  • Work with many of the popular mediums like pencil or oils WITHOUT having to learn how to draw or paint.
  • Draw from dozen’s of different illustration styles to establish your own “look.”
  • Finally tell your story visually in a way that would make you proud and that would do the story justice.


Great News…You CAN!

Even though I have already taught a LOT of strategies for creating amazing illustrations from photographs (such as ALL the examples on this page), I realized that there was a lot of foundational information I really hadn’t covered adequately. This foundational training is as important as the story and illustrations because it helps establish the look and feel of your book as well as the tone and theme. That’s why I decided to go back to the foundations of creating a picture book for children by creating…

Introducing, “Easy Book Illustrations: Foundations”

“Easy Book Illustrations: Foundations”

In this 6-Part LIVE Training Webinar training series, you will discover:

Module One: Character and Story Development

  • Communicating the “Why” of your story
  • Choosing a setting
  • Setting the right mood for your story
  • Creating relatable characters
  • Animals as characters
  • Inanimate Objects as characters
  • Facial Expressions and Body Language
  • Detail and simplicity
  • And MUCH more!

    Module Two: Designing Your Picture Book

    • Developing the concept for your story
    • Deciding on size and orientation
    • Choosing a design style for your illustrations
    • Deciding on color palettes
    • What to Illustrate from your story
    • Deciding on sequential images
    • Storyboarding your book ideas
    • Creating Learning Books
    • And MUCH more!

      Module Three: Illustrating With Photographs

      • Composition, Exposure and the Rules to Follow
      • Shooting the photographs yourself
      • Finding photographs from other sources to use
      • Creating composite images for your scenes
      • Other options for characters and scenes
      • And MUCH more!

        Module Four: Choosing Media Types

        • Exploring Illustration Styles
        • Watercolor
        • Acrylics
        • Oils
        • Pencil
        • Pen and Ink
        • 3D Rendered
        • Software Tools for creating illustrations
        • And MUCH more!

          Module Five: Turning Photos and Composites Into Illustrations

          • Using the best free tools
          • Working with paid tools
          • Step-by-Step techniques
          • Case Study examples
          • And MUCH more!

            Module Six: Working With Words

            • Your words and how they interact with the pictures
            • Fonts and sizes
            • Using type as illustrations
            • Laying out your book
            • And MUCH more!