Mark Shaver Now Offers Illustrations for Children's Books

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With over 25 years of experience, freelance artist Mark Shaver brings his digital talents to editorial illustration with children's book illustration projects.

Childrens Book Illustrations

Mark Shaver Illustrations in Santa Monica CA

Books can be a great way to teach valuable lessons to children. However, a moral value is only properly received when it is accompanied by memorable illustrations

Decorated digital illustrator, Mark Shaver, offers a variety of editorial illustration services including children's book illustration. With a background in technical illustration and portrait art, children's illustration was a natural progression. These illustrations combine Mark's signature style which includes sophisticated designs and whimsical concepts. These memorable illustrations are created to specifically accommodate the message and feel of a variety of different children's books.

Books can be a great way to teach valuable lessons to children. However, a moral value is only properly received when it is accompanied by memorable illustrations. In the beginning, kids usually spend most of their time gazing over the children's book illustration rather than reading the words. Because of this, the illustrations need to tell the story just as clearly as the words do. A carefully crafted children's book with illustrations that bring the story to life is sure to be remembered far longer than a book with unimaginative pictures that don't draw the reader in.

Mark's love for children's books goes back to the time he spent with his grandfather. Mark's grandfather was a fellow artist who published a number of children's books that had Mark and his siblings cast as the main characters. Since then, Mark has developed and refined his ability to create pastel-like quality through Photoshop brushes. This unique technique gives Mark an endless amount of artistic possibilities as he brings the characters in the book to life through his editorial illustration.

Mark Shaver's website gives a glimpse of his previous freelance work and some background on his life. Mark has a large portfolio of digital illustrations that can be browsed on his website under the "Illustrations" tab. There are a number of thumbnail pictures of the different freelance projects he has completed in the past. Each of these illustrations can be selected and expanded in order to view the intricate detail that goes into each finished product. Below each image is information on who commissioned the project and what the illustration is depicting.

For more information on children's book illustration, among other freelance projects that Mark offers, please visit the Contact page of his website located at Mark can be contacted over the phone, email, or directly through the contact form located on the page.

About Mark Shaver

Mark Shaver is a digital illustrator with over 25 years of experience in the arts. Born in Los Angeles, he currently resides in Santa Monica, California with his wife. Mark graduated from UCLA with a BA in art history and later received a degree in illustration from Otis Parsons School of Design in Los Angeles. He has worked at a variety of advertising agencies and design studios in LA and currently works as a freelance artist. His signature style is a mixture of whimsical concepts and sophisticated design. See examples of his work at

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