Illustrator Spotlight: Stephanie Hider

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April 1, 2020

We are excited to feature illustrator Stephanie Hider and her April banner design for Kidlit411. 


Tell us about yourself and how you came to illustrate for children.

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I used to draw and paint from youth until college but my Fine Arts degree didn’t get utilized at all. I was working as a designer for most of my career. Early on I was a print designer, then made the transition to web design and development. I decided after not even drawing as a hobby for over 20 years I was ready to make a switch. I started burning the midnight oil as I taught myself how to work digitally as an artist. My goal was to have 75% of my work be illustration oriented in five years and I am at 95% in less than three. I knew I wanted to work in illustration and in a section of it that was fun and joyful and as a book reader, it just fit. I have started writing my own books as well and one is releasing in a few weeks.

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We love your design for the Kidlit411 banner. Tell us how you approached this project.  

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Thank you so much! I generally start every layout as a design first then an illustration so I considered how I wanted the words to form first and then drew around that open space so that it was more of a natural form. Changing the bird shapes and heights along this curvature was part of the design as well. 

You are a designer, illustrator, and front end developer. How do wearing these different hats influence your illustration? 

For the first year or so I did wear both hats and it was a bit much. I am 95% all illustration work at this point and only work on design/dev for my own sites and one or two clients. Far as influence my design background definitely influences and helps I believe my illustration work. Seeing the layout before the composition work helps tremendously I believe. As well as using type as a design form for the pages as I have incorporated quite a few of those fun elements in books.

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What is your illustration process? 

I first ask any potential clients to take a look at my “which hippo” page to determine which art style they are looking for. I noticed some miscommunications early on when doing estimates so this has helped a ton.

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Once this is determined and we are moving through the project I start with character roughs first for the main characters then secondary character roughs and a render. 

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Then picture book dummy thumbnails are created to show composition suggested. Then each spread with a rough and text to show page turn and text placement.

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 Then a line art version then final paint.  

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]What projects are you working on now? 

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I just had 3 chapter books and 2 picture books go to print, and poem art for Ladybug in next month's issue.  I am currently working on 1 chapter book, 1 Kickstarter package, 2 board books, and 10 picture books for self-publishing authors and one publisher. I have 3 personal projects going on as well. Pretty busy which is awesome! 

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What is one thing most people don’t know about you? 

I read tarot for myself and others and I am working on doing a tarot deck as well.
  
Where can people find you online?
http://stephisdoodling.com  https://www.instagram.com/stephhider



I currently live with my daughter, maltipoo pup in Oklahoma. I am a visual designer with a background in web design/development. My illustration style has evolved over the past few years. I love working digital and pushing it to look more like traditional work.

Random facts: I have an odd but great sense of humor, avid video gamer and sci fi geek. While I mainly read nonfiction these days my passion for books has made me a prolific reader. My favorite word is plethora, my favorite color is coral, I am addicted to procreate brushes and my biggest pet peeve is being read to.

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