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Debbie Ridpath Ohi reads, writes and illustrates for young people. Every few weeks, she shares new art, writing and resources; subscribe below. Browse the archives here.

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Debbie's Illustration Walkthrough Process: resource links

(Last updated April 28, 2019)

This resource page is for the attendees of my SCBWI Illustration Process Walkthrough session.

Picture Book Templates

Creating Picture Books: How-To Guides, Free Templates and Resources - My resource

Direct downloads:

32-page self-ended thumbnail template

32-page separate-ended (colored ends) thumbnail template

40-page self-ended thumbnail template

Single spread option template (square)

Single spread option template (landscape)


Parts Of A Hardcover Book

Hardcover Book Printing, Parts Of A Hardcover Book - Bookmobile

What is a self-ended hardcover book? -


Picture book formats (number of pages, self-ended, colored ends etc.):

Basic book construction - Editorial Anonymous

Picture book dummy, picture book construction: know your layout - Tara Lazar

Picture Book Basics - Understanding Format - by John Shelley

Why is a picture book 32 pages? -

The Story With Endpapers -, with info from Cecilia Yung (Penguin Putnam)



Some of the art materials I use:

ArtGraf Soft Carbon pencils

Derwent Inktense Blocks

Pentel Pocket Brush Pen

Pentel Aquash Water Brush

My homemade travel watercolor kit


Other links and resources I mention:

How I got my first children's book project (through SCBWI's Portfolio Showcase) on