SCBWI Canada East Blog

October 12, 2017

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Marla Lesage

I've been spending anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending on the day. On the weekend I inked at the rink while my son had hockey practice. I've been focusing on smaller works like this one. I've also done two 8" X 10" themed pages made up of small illustrations spread out over several days.


Alice Carter

Most of my pieces are somewhere around 8 x 10 inches.  I am spending
anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour minutes on them.

Alice's art for the prompt: crooked.

Peggy Collins

 I limit my time to 10 minutes max. use all inky media and size varies with whatever media I'm using. (See more of Peggy's inktober work: @peggysillustration on Insta and @peggysbooks on Twitter.)


Lauren Soloy

 My pieces are quite small, as they are all done in my sketchbook. I try to keep it around 15-20 minutes for the most part, to keep it fun and loose. I’ve picked out a couple of days to make bigger pieces, and am working away on those when I get the chance.


Louise Catherine Bergeron

How big are my sketches?
My little kraft paper sketchbook is 10 x 7 inches. Otherwise, I use a large sketchbook, 11 x 14 inches (white paper) and my drawings might fill that page.
How much time do I spend on my illustrations?
Anywhere from half an hour to a couple of hours. Whatever time I have available.


June Steube

(via Twitter) Measures 7" x 4".  Took me about 1 hour


Julie Prescesky

Right now I am working out sketches for a picture book concept about a honeybee that insists that she does not fly. I'm using a standard 8.5x11 sketchbook.
I spend anywhere from half an hour to two hours on a sketch, if we are also including conceptualization time.

Aino Anto 

This was done with crow quill and brush using Private Reserve Sepia. 8 X 20' took about 30 minutes to draw, a good 24 hours and more for the idea to fully emerge.  On crappy bond paper. 


  1. Wow! Wonderful and diverse! They all look pretty finished for quick sketches. I am inspired!