Let's Make Picture Books

Let's Make Picture Books Membership Group

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Let's Make Picture Books Membership Group

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About Us

What is Let's Make Picture Books?

Let’s Make Picture Books is a membership community built around making your dreams of illustrating children’s books come true. 

Hosted by Denise Holmes and Steph Fizer Coleman, both children’s book illustrators with years of experience, this membership will help you create a portfolio of strong, unique work, learn the ins and outs of illustrating books for kids, and build an actionable plan for getting your work in front of agents and publishers.  

Your membership includes access to a private online community where you can chat with Denise and Steph as well as your fellow community members.  

In addition, each month you’ll receive:

  • A monthly workbook packed with prompts, inspiration, and exercises to spark your creativity. Each workbook is created around a theme and by the end of each month you’ll have a wonderful new portfolio piece on that theme.  
  • A monthly webinar that will include relevant art chat plus a group art critique that you can submit your work for.
  • A monthly podcast about the business side of illustrating children’s books.
  • And a bonus monthly drawing demo or PDF Guide.
  • Biweekly group chats. 
  • Regular feedback from Denise and Steph.
  • A monthly wrap up call + Q&A session.

Who is Let's Make Picture Books For?

  • People who are new to children’s book illustration or those who are struggling to get a foothold in the industry.
  •  People who dream of illustrating children’s book but just don’t know where to start!
  •  People who need help building a solid, unique portfolio to get started in children’s book illustration.
  •  People who need help with the business and marketing side of illustrating children’s books. 

Meet Your Mentors

Denise Holmes is an illustrator and picture book maker from Chicago, IL. She has been working in the publishing industry since 2014, when her first illustrated picture book, If I Wrote A Book About You, was published. Since then she has worked on over 17 picture books from activity, educational, baby board books to trade books.

When she started out, she knew her goal was to illustrate children’s books, but she struggled with how to create a scene. She felt pretty comfortable drawing characters, but trying to put her characters into a background felt impossible!

However with research, consistent daily practice and joining a critique group, she was able to conquer her fear of drawing backgrounds. With Let’s Make Picture Books she hopes to enable the same confidence in you to overcome your struggles by providing drawing prompts that will help develop your daily practice as well as a community to help give you inspiration and feedback. 


Steph Fizer Coleman is a children’s book illustrator and licensing artist from Scott Depot, WV. She has been working full time as an illustrator for over a decade and has been illustrating children’s books for over 5 years. Steph has worked on over 25 children’s books across a variety of categories including activity books, educational books, nonfiction books, and trade books. Books she has illustrated include: Bird Count, Ninita’s Big World: The True Story of a Deaf Pygmy Marmoset, and Lali’s Feather.  

When Steph set her sights on illustrating children’s books, she struggled to bridge the gap between making good art and telling visual stories. She could draw adorable animals all day but struggled when it came to adding the narrative details that make children’s books so special. 

Steph bridged that gap eventually by improving her visual library and embracing the process of working through a whole bunch of bad art to get to the better art. In Let’s Make Picture Books, Steph is ready to help you along on your journey to illustrating children’s books too.


Check out some of the gorgeous work created by community members:


Are You Ready to Illustrate Children's Books?

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