Kyle Poling Family Fun in the Summer

Kyle Poling has been extremely busy this summer – as you can see by the illustrations below titled “Family Fun in the Summer”. Kyle’s passion for drawing began in childhood, and along the way he has followed his dream and turned it into an impressive career. Kyle has illustrated fun and engaging images over the years for an esteemed client list including National Geographic Kids, Scholastic, American Greetings and Houghton Mifflin, just to name a few. With a current focus on children’s illustration for K-4th grade, Kyle has illustrated over 30 children’s books, hundreds of greeting cards and imagery for education companies.

We love his illustrations below and they give us some ideas for our last weeks of summer adventure!

Kyle is represented by the Liz Sanders Agency

illustration of family picnic

Illustration of campers
© Kyle Poling



Steven Salerno Swashbuckling Pirate Book

By Steven Salerno

I am beginning preliminary sketch work for a new picture book project for publisher Farrar Straus & Giroux. It’s written by April Jones Prince, and is a fun pirate-themed twist to a classic children’s story. I am not going to mention the book’s title quite yet, as it’s not slated for publication until 2017…. best to keep it under wraps at the moment.

Illustration of peg leg pirate and child look alike.

Like Father, Like Son… Pirate Style. Character sketches for next picture book project.

My normal process in creating the illustrations for a story, of course after already having read the manuscript a million times and after making visual shorthand notations on ideas for scenes, is to then create preliminary sketch studies of the characters within the story. Once all these studies are completed, I then create a rough storyboard of the entire book, working out the scenes, compositions, balance and flow of the spread scenes, full page scenes, and vignetted images, plus the relationship of the text and image placement, etc.

Once the storyboard is completed (which by the way is not shown to anyone), I then proceed to making all the full-sized final sketches based on the storyboard, making adjustments and improvements along the way. It is these final sketches which are then formally presented to the editor, art director, and design director at the publishing house.

Illustration of woman pirate attempting to cook

She wields a better sword than ladle… Character sketch for next picture book project.

All the sketches were created with crayon, gouache, and with added digital color.

Anyway, I am at the very start of the whole process, and what you see posted here are early sketch studies. So, the characters I have created thus far could certainly change and evolve further during the storyboard and sketch stages.

Illustration of a "fair lass".
A fair lass… Character sketch for next picture book project.

In 2015, I have two new picture books being released:

WILD CHILD (written & illustrated by Steven Salerno – August 2015, Abrams Books for Young Readers) It’s a story about a new kind of wild creature that dominates the jungle, and how all the other animals try and tame it to restore peace and quiet. But nothing they try works. The wild creature just gets wilder… until the clever Gorilla finally figures out a way.

The Fantastic Ferris Wheel (written by Betsy Harvey Kraft, illustrated by Steven Salerno – October 2015, Christy Ottaviano Books) It’s the true life account of American engineer George Washington Ferris, inventor of the giant observation wheel built for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, and dubbed the “Ferris Wheel”. Visit my illustration web site stevensalerno.com to see the many picture books I have illustrated, as well as to view my portfolios for advertising and editorial projects.
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Riley Illustration Talent New on Folioplanet

Artist representative, Riley Illustration, has a talented group of artists, several of which are showing off their skills on Folioplanet! Their skills range from children’s illustration to editorial illustration and everything in between. Each artist offers well thought out solutions and executes flawlessly. We invite you to take a look at each of their portfolios.

illustration of woman walking while reading
Illustrator, Sarah Wilkins


Children's book cover illustration of Robert Frost and family.
Illustrator, Rebecca Gibbon


Illustration of businessman surfing, pixel illustration
Illustrator, Mark Von Ulrich


Illustration of woman with ducks following her.
Illustrator, Mara Cerri


Illustration of clothes
Illustrator, Jeffrey Fisher




Suzanne Beaky’s Adorable Illustrations for “Leopold”

Suzanne Beaky recently had a wonderful opportunity to illustrate Dr. Ruth’s latest children’s book, Leopold from Turner Publishing. The charming book tells the story of loveable Leopold the turtle who is afraid to go in the water. Leopold must make a decision and either play it safe or take a risk and face his fears.

Suzanne truly had such a great time creating the adorable characters for Dr Ruth’s book! Who wouldn’t? She also received a lovely call from the author herself, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, thanking her for her contribution. Nice!!

Suzanne Beaky is represented by Liz Sanders Agency.

Dr. Ruth standing next to a illustration of herself
Children's book "Leopold" book cover
Leopold, the turtle, hiding in his shell.
Illustration showing Leopold the turtle and his friends.
Dr. Ruth's grandson, Ben.
©Suzanne Beaky

Erika LeBarre New to Folioplanet

Always encouraged by her parents to nurture her creative side, Erika LeBarre can remember putting pencil to paper and drawing as a child…a lot. In fact, it was her favorite thing to do. Having graduated from the College for Creative studies with a BFA in illustration, Erika honed her craft working along side other illustrators and designers for several years until she branched out on her own.

With an impressive client list and beautiful work to show for it, Erika creates product/packaging labels, posters, point of purchase, signage, direct mail, magazine ads, editorial, greeting cards, grade school textbooks, eBooks, websites, textiles, logos and even character development. We’re excited to have her join Folioplanet!

Erika LeBarre is represented by Deborah Wolfe.

Illustration of cat in a field of flowers

Illustration of little girl
©Erika LeBarre



Constanza Basaluzzo’s Whimsical Children’s Illustrations

For your weekend we’d like to inspire you to find time to make a snow angel or build a snowman with MB Artists‘ talented Constanza Basaluzzo’s whimsical illustrations. Drawn to creating creating images from a child’s point of view, Constanza has been illustrating since a child herself. Hew work appears in numerous books and magazines and can be seen almost everywhere.

Illustration showing children building a snowman

Children making a snow angel



Happy Father’s Day!

To all those Dads out there, we wish you a joyful, relaxing, Happy Father’s Day this Sunday. Here are several images from our talented group of illustrators to help shine the spotlight on the dutiful Dads out there!


Illustration of father kissing child good night



illustration of father holding daughter



Retro illustration of father and children at soda counter



Illustration of father kissing child good night




William Low at Children’s Librarian Association of Suffolk County

On Thursday, April 24th William Low will attend an annual dinner and give a talk to the best supporters of children’s literature – Children’s Librarians in Suffolk County NY. We’re sure it will be chalk full of good stuff! He’s very talented and illustrates warm, colorful imagery. This event is not to be missed. Also, for attendees there will be a special surprise available. Get details to register here.


Illustration of grasshopper
© Image William Low