Illustration Careers: How to Start!

How does an illustration career begin? That one art class at a local art center, fan art, reading comics can all be where it starts. Art Prof Clara Lieu talks to Jarrett J. Krosoczka, a the New York Times-bestselling author/illustrator about his artistic experiences as a child and his career to date. Get tips on what to focus on as a young artist to cultivate your artistic development.

Jarrett J. Krosoczka has written more than forty books for young readers, including his wildly popular Lunch Lady graphic novels, select volumes of the Star Wars™: Jedi Academy series, and Hey, Kiddo, which was a National Book Award Finalist. Krosoczka creates books with humor, heart, and deep respect for his young readers—qualities that have made his titles perennial favorites on the bookshelves of homes, libraries, and bookstores.

Video Walkthrough

  • Jarrett’s childhood drawings
  • Developing a love for reading early
  • Writing & illustrating comics and books as a child.
  • How to get a book published
  • Rejections from art school, publishers, editors, and art directors
  • Learning basic art skills and connecting them to drawing comics
  • Art classes as a high school student at the Worcester Art Museum
  • Drawing cartoons for the high school newspaper
  • Fighting the pressure to be “perfect” as an artist all the time
  • Is art school necessary to have a career in illustration?
  • Tips for starting an Etsy shop