Smart Dummies

Smart Dummies is now over! Join us in September for more Dummy fun. 
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Smart Dummies is a whole month dedicated to helping Illustrators to create their picture book dummies! 

When is it? Smart Dummies takes place in September.

Where can I find more info? Join the group on Facebook! This group is for anyone interested in making picture book dummies, and you do not have to participate in the event to join.

How do I sign up? Sign up is closed!  Official sign up will start August 15th and through September 7th. Be sure to follow my blog by email so you can keep up to date with any announcements. Registration is absolutely free for this event!

What's the goal? The goal is to complete the basic images for your picture book dummy in one month. We work on the honor system, so you don't need to post any images to win. 

Are there prizes? Absolutely! See the list of prizes below!

What do I need to bring? A polished manuscript, a story/rhyme in the public domain (think Grimm's Fairy Tales), or an idea for your book. You do not have to be a Writer to join. If you want your story to be wordless, that's okay!

How can I help? If you are a published Illustrator and would like to do a guest post, please email me at daniduckart[at] or using my contact form.  For this event I'll be mostly approaching people who have published work, have worked in Illustration for years or those who have special insight into creating picture books. You are also welcomed to contact me if you have a prize to donate!

Who are the guests? A list of guests will be posted in August! See the list of guest from last year below.

Smart Dummies 2016 Guest List:


Photoshop or Hero's Art Journey course (your choice) - Mira Reisberg

Make your Marks & Splashes course. 
A one-year subscription to Guest Group Critiques- Mark G Mitchell

Drawing - Tim Egan 

A review copy of "Toby"Hazel Mitchell

Torn tissue illustration - Toni Yuly

"The Egg Thief" - Lauren Gallegos

"If Kids Ruled the World" and "Manners are Not for Monkeys" 
David Huyck

"Get the Wiggles Out" and "Let's Cooperate" books and a signed A4 print. - Tom Heard

"Ring Around the Rosie",  and an original Buddha painting on paperGina Perry

2015 Guests: 

2015's Prizes:

Photoshop Course - Mira Reisberg
Portfolio Review - Mary Reaves Uhles
Cedric and the Dragon by Nina Crittenden
Two Girls Want a Puppy - Maple Lam
Three sets of 2 art postcards - Stephen Maquignon
The Mermaid’s Gift - Traci Van Wagoner 
Dummy Critique - Lauren Eldridge
How to Promote Your Children's Book Katie Davis
2 copies of Zebrafish (hard and soft cover), SPF 40 (Zebrafish), Cloverleaf pack of 3 - Be Aware!: My Tips for Personal Safety, Move Your Body!: My Exercise Tips and Keep Calm!: My Stress-busting Tips - Renee Kurilla
Mae and the Moon - Jami Gigot
2 books from the Puppy Pirate series, a Freddy Frogcaster book and a drawing - Russ Cox


  1. Hello! It's now September 9th. Where does one sign up? Thank you. :)

    1. Hi Alexandra, I'm so sorry! The sign up will start September 15th and run through October 7th. For some reason I wrote the 1st. I'm so sorry about that!