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How I Found the Illustrator

August 08, 2021

The proof of my new children’s chapter book arrived and I’m thrilled with how it turned out! The actual release date is January 2, 2022. Until then, enjoy the fourth installment of the journeys both the illustrator and I took to create The Legend of Lop-eared Larry.

For this story, I wanted someone who could draw bunnies well, someone who could capture a classic but modern feel. I asked around on Facebook and on children’s author/illustrator pages for recommendations and someone suggested I check out the SCBWI illustrator gallery. Since I’m a member, I thought it’d be great to support a fellow member.

When I scrolled through the gallery and came across Brittany David’s illustrations, I was immediately intrigued. Her style reflected both that traditional and modern style I was looking for! Her bunnies had a sweetness about them, and I was curious about her color palettes. (Below is a cropped illustration sample from her gallery.)

Here’s what Brittany says about being on SCBWI’s website:

"I have been a part of SCBWI since 2016. I was pretty active posting my work on the website but going to the RMC conference sort of shifted my focus from marketing my work to creating and developing work that I didn’t hate two weeks later. I wanted to brand myself so that when people saw my work they would know that it was me. I think it’s cool to share my work with people who are like-minded and creative. It’s a great community and when I ask for feedback I don’t get the “I don’t know anything about art, I don’t know why you ask me,” lines from my family."

I also check out Brittany’s website. When I read this description of Brittany's I knew I had my bunny artist.

“My style is edgy and whimsical with textural storybook qualities and inspired by traditional vintage children's book illustrations. I also have a passion for integrating illustrative hand lettering and love creating disgustingly cute illustrations that tug at your heart strings.”

When I found out that Brittany was a Coloradan and rabbit lover, I had to inquire to see if she was interested in working on my story. Thankfully she said YES!

Check out Brittany David’s SCBWI portfolio. And here’s her website which is filled with fun bunny puns: If you’re interested in contacting Brittany for your project, email her here:

The Legend of Lop-eared Larry will be officially released January 2 for Easter 2022. If you want to be notified of the pre-release sale, send an email to: with subject line Larry and I’ll put you on the list. Thanks as always for your support. Can’t wait for you to read it!



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