Rebecca Green is an incredibly talented illustrator and painter, and is the picture book author of How to Make Friends with a Ghost. In this episode, Rebecca walks us through what a dummy book is and how it fits into the picture book creation process, how an agent can help manage and protect your creative time, and why it’s crucial to surround yourself with a strong and creative publishing team.
Rebecca also shares the different mediums she uses to create her illustrations, why it’s so important to be realistic about your workload and learning how to say no, and we discuss ways to stay inspired as an artist, writer, and a creative.
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“When you have that fire, you have to use it.”
“I feel I am an artist who tells stories rather than a writer.”
What You’ll Learn From This Episode:
- Why it’s crucial to surround yourself with a strong and creative publishing team
- Rebecca walks us through the different mediums she uses to create her illustrations
- The importance of being realistic about your workload and learning how to say no
- How an agent can help manage and protect your creative time
- What a dummy book is and how it fits into the picture book creation process
- Ways to stay inspired as an artist, writer, and creative
- A look into Rebecca’s community inspired studio space
What do you do when you meet a ghost? One: Provide the ghost with some of its favorite snacks, like mud tarts and earwax truffles. Two: Tell your ghost bedtime stories (ghosts love to be read to). Three: Make sure no one mistakes your ghost for whipped cream or a marshmallow when you aren’t looking! If you follow these few simple steps and the rest of the essential tips in How to Make Friends with a Ghost, you’ll see how a ghost friend will lovingly grow up and grow old with you.
A whimsical story about ghost care, Rebecca Green’s debut picture book is a perfect combination of offbeat humor, quirky and sweet illustrations, and the timeless theme of friendship.
Learn More About Rebecca Green
Rebecca Green is an illustrator, painter and make-believe maker who spends her days (and sometimes nights) illustrating for children’s and young adult books, magazines and galleries. She also helps run The Warren, a studio that houses five working artists and hosts a variety of community events. Some of her clients include The Wall Street Journal and Flow Magazine. While she would not describe herself as brave, she loves all things spooky and mysterious. How to Make Friends with a Ghost is her first picture book. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Books & Resources Mentioned in Rebecca’s Episode:
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett and illustrations by Rebecca Green (Portuguese edition)