What is this blog about?

The purpose of this blog is to share my experience of creating a children’s book. This personal project is based on a ghost story I heard when i as a lad. About a little girl being haunted by a ghost every night. Hopefully whoever you are, you will learn and appreciate the design and creativity of making children’s books

~Anthony L. Mata, Illustrator

Anthony Mata

Tis a Sad Day…

It’s a letter of bad news from her long distance ex… Nowadays people have the option to instantly break-up with someone. A work inprogress created using the procreate app. 


Design Problems! 

 Ran into a road block again, the only way to problem solve the design, is to draw it out. Sometimes working your thoughts out on a sketch book really helps big time!  This is the start where Annabelle get’s chased by the ghost. It’s all about design and the scene that best enchance the story. 

More WIPs on the way! 


The Start of Your Adventure! 

Close up of the drawing, set on the South Pacific. This illustration is about Adventure, in fact a bunch of themes concerning the topic. As we see the two main characters go through danger after danger! The skulls and the “Man-Gorilla” set the tone! There will be so much more on the way!



This fun project is themed around, “Adventure!” A personal project that’s going great! The story centers around a brother and sister as we see snipets of there adventure! Think Indiana Jones, Tomb Raider, and Rick and Morty. One the drawing is done, the next phase is to scan the art and use a paint app. 

The rough sketch on the left and the final to the right. 

Page One, Paige and Sergi

 A page from a book i’m commissioned to work on. It’s a mother and child picture book. Looks and sounds simple enough, yeah right! But this post illustrates the design and careful thought into making just page one. Created using the procreate paint app and Indesign CS.

 These are thumbnails for page one. It’s all about designing the illustration and text together. I end up taking the thumbnail, top of the third.  

 A post of the characters of page one and so forth. Paige had to be cute and appealing with curves. Her dress had to be simple, so i choose a summer dress. She and her son Sergi are of Latino heritage. To illustrate the bird, i choose a cardinal. I only saw this bird once in my life and i like the look and shape of the bird.  
 The final art! The drawing is strong, nice silhouettes of the characters. The composition is fine and i like the positive and negative shapes. Lots of color harmony and the spilt complementary work well together. Satisfied with the expressions on both Paige and Sergi. Especially Sergi’s filled with surprise and wonderment. 

I painted textures on the characters and tree to make them look interesting and not flat looking. I purposely let my drawing show through, just so your eyes can follow the shapes. I really love Paige’s animal printed dress. For the font, i choose Times New Roman, going for legibility here.  

Welcome to My Tail…

A spot illustration showcasing my abilities in storytelling and animals. Some of my fellow illistrators say, “Not the strongest illustration i’ve done, but it’s cute and whimsical.” The first version of “Welcome to my tail” had some cat and mouse anatomy issues. 
So i had to go back to the original drawing and fix it. Add in a butt to the cat and corrected the mouse’s body. You can see a lot more of my drawing, where i’m strongest at, than my ability to paint. Plus i wanted to add texture to the fur in both animals, adds a bit of visual interest. Again not my strongest illustration, but i love it! 😀
Enjoy the rest of you week everyone, net time i’ll be on track for “Annabelle’s Ghost.” I just had to put the project on hold because of a portfolio review coming up. 

The new illustration. 😄

The old illustration… I cringe just looking at it. 😖

We’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat…

Really upping my illustration game! Scanned drawing using the Procreate paint app. I wanted to use tertiary colors and texture in the illustration. Odd lighting and worked hard to make sure the shape of each character is clearly defined. It took me a few days to finish and another few days to make corrections. Thanx to the peer group! I can put this down as strong portfolio piece. 


Annabelle’s Ghost Story Update!

I would love to add in more comp sketches to my dummy book, but working on illustrations, a web comic, a very important portfolio review coming up is slowing things down. I have to divide my time effectively to make Annabelle’s Ghost possible. The best that I can present to you is this short video on my progress.

Enjoy and have a good week!